As I have been going out a lot in society, I am seeing more and more people being manner less and impatient. I am seeing a lot of people’s etiquette and the way they present themselves to be so tasteless and so terrible. I sometimes wonder how certain people have been raised and how certain people carry out themselves in public. Where are the mannered people? You don’t see much of it that much anymore. Many times I have sat in restaurants carrying on with my friends and with family and I see people talking and eating with their mouths full, I see people reaching for food or drinks too hovering the person sitting next to them. It does not hurt to say excuse me, may I have some of that bread over there? Or would you please pass me the pitcher of water? Never forget to say thank you. It is very important. No matter who you are with. Kindness and proper etiquette is a must. Here are some examples of Etiquette and Manners.
In A Shopping Mall or Plaza Setting:
It is always a great idea to look behind you to see if other people are coming when you approach the entrance doors. Keep the door wide open for them to come in too. People should say thank you to you, and of course your response would be your very welcome and enjoy your day. They or that person should say, thank you and you too. Then you carry about your business. Now when you go and line up at a cash out and you see people, not a good idea to bud in front of them. First come first serve. Budding in front of people is a no no. If the person says would you like to go ahead of me? You would then say Oh if you do not mind… The person says no no I insist or yes sure, Then you say thank you or if you say no its alright you were in front before I was. These little things make a huge impact in society. To learn to be patient and to learn to be polite.
In A Public Transit Setting:
When you are in a public transit setting, and you see elderly, or if you see someone with crutches or a pregnant person, its always a great idea to give them a seat. It makes them feel incredible that somebody has thought of them and given them their space to sit. Also if you are chewing gum incessantly and with your mouth constantly going 200 miles an hour making noise to make another person uncomfortable and to annoy others, you should chew with your mouth closed and don’t chew like a maniac.
On The Road Driving or In A Parking Lot:
I know this is the most difficult thing to be courteous to other drivers, but the road is shared with everyone. Not just you. Let a person in if they are trying to get in that lane or go to the lane to make a left turn or a right turn getting close to intersections and street ways. Also its a great idea to give people the right of way sometimes. depending on the situation. If you would like others to give you the way while driving, you have to sacrifice a couple of minutes here and there and let others in. Its important to share the road. I am sure we were taught how to share in kindergarten class and in grade school. Exercise the same habits when you are driving too. No matter what. Always signal your changes, always be cautious.
Restaurant Table Manner Etiquette:
Do not talk with your mouth full of food, Do not reach over somebody to get water or bread or whatever it is. Always ask the person beside you or near you to pass something you like on the table. Reaching over somebody’s eating space is a no no. Asking never hurts and you say please excuse my reach or my arm. Also never put your elbows on the table while eating. Use Utensils that are on the table and try to use less of your fingers and use utensils properly. Do not overfill your mouth with food. take small portions and put it in your mouth. Do not make too many sounds while eating and chew with your mouth closed. Also if you need to sneeze or if you have to cough, turn away from the table and do so and cough or sneeze on the edge of your elbow, then go to the restroom and wash your hands and come back to sit and join your group. When getting up at anytime, please say, Oh please excuse me. I will be back. These things help a lot. Also be patient with the waiter or waitress or server. They are not just dealing with you and your table as they are dealing with everyone. please give them time to get the food or things you requested.
When using social networking sites like facebook, twitter, myspace, and all those other sites, its a great idea not to swear and curse, and watch what you write. It can one day be visible and you can be in trouble. Be careful always.
Say Please, Say Thank You, Always Ask, Always have a friendly smile and use proper etiquette no matter where you are. It is very important to exercise these simple things that can make a big difference in the world. Try and be amazed.
Etiquette is a recipe of success anywhere with anyone.