Etiquette is a fancy word for simple kindness. ELSA MAXWELL
Etiquette is at the centre of the zeitgeist of our global age. Because we now live, work and socialise with people of varying backgrounds, cultures and experiences, we must learn to understand, adapt and be sensitive to the different situations we find ourselves. Etiquette enables us to make quick adjustments in our behaviour to accommodate people with different cultures, priorities and expectations. It also enables us to always present ourselves in a way that is kind and respectful to others.
Etiquette will help you to be poised, self confident, sensitive, charming and flexible in any situation. Wherever you are and who ever you’re with, the following definitions of etiquette holds true. Etiquette is:
- good manners – Putting you and others at ease.
- being kind and speaking kindly.
- been thoughtful.
- being polite – Being aware of and respecting the feelings of others.
- honouring your promises.
- being respectful – Respect should be mutual.
- listening emphatically.
- respecting protocols.
- self control and deportment.
- being compassionate – An understanding and concern for the challenges, problems and difficult life events of others, and a desire to do something about them is one of the basic principles of etiquette.
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