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Improve Social Skills With Basic Etiquette Rules

By Lela Perkins

Many people can easily abide by most of the general principles that supports being kind. Sometimes it does have something to do with their upbringing and sometimes it doesn’t. Parents work really hard to instill good values into their kids. Some develop good habits and keep them and there are those who don’t. If you fall in the latter here are a few basic etiquette rules that will help build acceptable social skills.

It is not uncommon to run into someone that does not have good manners. Typically people who are not following the general rules simply do not want to or they aren’t willing to understand how the lack of their social responsibility affects others.

Acceptable protocols can be used when accepting an invitation. If there is a request for a RSVP it is a good idea to respond. This helps the host plan on how many meals and the quantity that is needed. It is not gracious to toss the invite and not reply if you will not be in attendance.

When you accept an invitation to someone’s home see if there is anything you should bring. Generally the answer is no you do not need to have anything. A nice gesture is taking the host a floral arrangement, drinks or wine. This way you won’t feel embarrassed if other guests brought something and it is a nice way to say thanks. Being there at the specified hour, not too early is a good rule of thumb.

Be sure not to begin eating until after the hostess has been seated and gives the indication for to begin. Swallow before talking to insure you are not speaking with a full mouth of food. That can be unsettling. If there is only one roll left or smaller portions of something ask the other guests if they wanted anything before you divulge it. Being extra attentive and knowing when the party is over so you won’t overstay your visit is equally important.

The golden rule throughout the years has been ladies first. Holding the door open for a female is a nice gesture. Actually, opening a door for anyone nearby and letting them walk in first is acceptable. It would be ill-mannered to let the door hit them in the face or on the arm as they are attempting to come through.

There are a few things to shy away from. One is asking a person what their age is. Personal questions that should not be brought up would be asking someone how much they make on their job. Social mishaps can result by asking someone about their make-up or if their hair is a natural color.

Handling children may be a sore subject. Most people will put up with others kids whether they want to or not. That’s human nature. Take control and stop letting kids jump around, break things, pull someone’s clothes or pat a person’s leg to get attention. This may be aggravating and your family will become unwelcomed guests. Learning basic etiquette rules even when you are young cultivates good character.

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