13 Tips for Everyday Etiquette

Easy Fixes for the Most Common Faux Pas

Posted by Liz Taylor May 17, 2012

I had an interview with our local paper today and was asked to come up with several tips to avoid committing etiquette faux pas. Here’s what made the list:  

1.)    Don’t ignore others. If you aren’t going to buy from someone in a business situation, tell them “no” so the other person can kindly move on.

2.)    RSVP’ing. Respond as soon as you can out of respect for the people hosting an event.

3.)    Invitations. If an invitation reads, “Mr. and Mrs. Taylor”, this does not mean that you can bring your kids too.

4.)    Text Messaging. If you are in a conversation with someone and the person starts text messaging another person, it’s a blatant interruption and makes the person feel like what they have to say is not important.

5.)    Interviewing. Be on time, have a firm handshake, look the other person in the eye and smile. Mirror the person interviewing you as best you can and remember to have confidence.

6.)    Social Media. What you post on facebook or any social media outlet will be on the internet forever. Next time you are getting your picture taken and don’t want to see it on the internet for everyone to see, make sure you tell your friend that you prefer it not be posted on facebook.

7.)    At the office. Avoid smelly food, gossip, body odor and loud chatter.

8.)    Houseguests. Bring a gift with you such as fine chocolates or a nice bottle of wine. Don’t overstay your welcome and clean up after yourself.

9.)    Professional Image. If it’s too low cut, short or tight, leave it in your closet.

10.) Thank you. Writing a handwritten thank you letter is by far the best way to go.

11.) Dogs. Remember that not everyone is going to love your dog. Keep your dog off the neighbor’s lawn or garden and carry plastic bags at all times in case your dog has an accident.

12.) Commitments. If you say you are going to show up to a party, show up when you say you will and stick to your commitments.

13.) Emailing. Emoticons do not belong in a business email.

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