Advice for Students

National Etiquette Week

May 17, 2013  |     |   0 Comment

The-Little-Book-of-Etiquette-revised-edition-Dorothea-Johnson-9780762441488“Good manners reflect something from inside–an innate sense of consideration for others and respect for self.”  –  Emily Post

National Etiquette Week (“NEW”) is gearing down.  NEW was established in 1997 by Sandra Morisset, a Protocol School of Washington children’s etiquette consultant.  It recognizes etiquette and protocol in all areas of one’s life including business, social, dining, travel, technology, wedding and international protocol. The purpose of the week is to raise awareness of all people to act with courtesy, civility, kindness, respect and good manners in their everyday lives.

Our actions have a huge impact upon others. Why not choose to act in a way that makes another human being feel special and respected? Acting with kindness, consideration and good manners helps to nurture friendships, foster meaningful connections with colleagues and clients, and create a much happier and healthier environment for us all.

Consider making an extra effort to demonstrate these skills today and everyday and watch how your actions will positively impact another person, such as:

  • saying “please”, “thank you” and “you’re welcome” every opportunity you have
  • putting away your iPhone and focusing on the person in front of you
  • sending a handwritten “thank you” note to express your gratitude for someone’s kindness and consideration toward you
  • responding to a RSVP by the date requested
  • bringing a host or hostess gift when you have been invited to a dinner party
  • connecting with your colleagues throughout the day by asking in a sincere manner, “how are you?” or simply saying “hello”
  • practicing the golden rule: do onto others as you would have them do onto you
  • practicing what your parents taught you as a child: if you can’t say anything nice – don’t say anything at all!
  • taking a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and being truly present with the ones you love
  • smiling – it makes you appear friendly, approachable…and it’s contagious!

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