Some old-fashioned things never go out of style, like good manners! Let’s look at some etiquette rules that have stood the test of time.
Let Your Waiter Come to You
Almost anything that comes up in a restaurant during your meal can wait until your server comes to check on you, or you can get their attention as they pass by. Just don’t yell across the restaurant or wave your arms, in fact, just being patient makes their job a whole lot easier.
Make Eye Contact
In a world where we’re all glued to our phones, make sure that when you’re having a real-life conversation with another human, you’re giving them your full attention by making eye contact as you chat. Plus, when you give someone full eye contact you’re conveying nothin’ but confidence, and this is never a bad thing.
“Excuse Me” is a Magic Phrase
Bump into someone? Someone in your way? Someone bump into you? Just give them an “excuse me” and you’ve avoided all conflict. And if it wasn’t your fault, maybe you taught them a lesson in being polite.
Being Introduced? Stand Up!
Not only is this the classy thing to do, but it shows that you respect the people around you. So if you’re being introduced to new folks, stand up and shake their hand.
Use a Coaster
It’s just not cool if your cold drink is sloshing all over the place, plus nobody should be stuck with your water rings on their table.
Always Express Gratitude
Whether it was a birthday gift, a fun afternoon on the town, or a great book recommendation, make sure you tell the people around you thank you. Expressing your gratitude helps strengthen relationships and just makes people feel good.
Step Outside to Make Phone Calls
Seriously, nobody wants to hear your phone conversation especially if you’re in close quarters.
Follow the 12-Hour Phone Call Rule
Don’t call anyone before 9 AM or after 9 PM. Yes, even if you know the person you’re trying to get ahold of will be awake.
Write Thank You Notes
It’s simple math: a person took the time to get you a gift, and now it’s your turn to take the time to do something nice for them.
Dress the Part
We aren’t saying wear a formal everywhere you go, but give your outfit a little thought and stay classy.
Put Your Phone Away During a Meal
There. We said it.