lessons in etiquette

What is Etiquette?



Etiquette in simple terms is good manners. Just like saying, “Thank You”, “Please”, and “Your Welcome”, gives people the hint that are well mannered.

I also think that etiquette goes deeper than saying “thank you” and “please”. For a lady, it is poise and elegance, like sitting up straight, thinking before you speak ect., but in this post we are going to give you some basic hints and tips on how to become well mannered. By using these simple hints in your every day life, it will become easier and will soon become a habit, to use manners.

If you follow these simple tips, you will soon realize what a difference it makes, both how you act and how much people will respond back to you!

  • Think before you speak, this is especially helpful if you are more prone to saying the wrong things.
  • Respect your elders, listen and learn from them.
  • Use simple terms, like “You’re Welcome” and “Thank You”. People, who don’t have manners, don’t use these words.
  • Always speak highly of others, don’t try to cut people down, when you are speaking.
  • Pay attention to your posture in public, always sit with your shoulders back and stand with your feet together. Act as if you have some class.
  • A warm way of greeting someone is “Hello, How are you?” or “Good Evening/Good Morning”
  • Don’t swear! Eventually you will learn that bad words are not appropriate and avoid using them.
  • Do not cut people off when they are speaking. Wait till they are finished, and then add your comment.
  • Always speak highly of your parents. This show that you respect them, because they are your parents and also because they are older than you.
  • Be ready to open doors for people, and always offer for people to go first. Most people will accept your invitation, but if they don’t – don’t argue. Just politely accept and go first.
  • When you are talking on the phone, be sure to pause once in a while, in order to allow the other person some time to speak.
  • Show respect to your parents! They’ll be overjoyed that their family is speaking to them with respect, for respect shows that you have good manners.
  • One of the easiest ways to show that you are well mannered is to be silent and only to talk when you have something important to say. This adds weight to your words.
  • Start your day off by smiling and being happy! Treat everyone you come across with respect. Having manners doesn’t mean being sour. Be happy and laugh often.
  • Some people feel that being “mannered” is “fake” or inauthentic. Instead, realize that manners are social conventions that make interactions easier and more pleasant. Not every interaction is an opportunity to correct others or set them straight.

Good manners will never go out of style, so practice having good manners. It can only help you in the long run.

Try using manners in your everyday life, at work, in school, in the family, even when driving. People do notice good manners, so don’t be afraid to use these hints and tips!

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    EDWIN .O.
    December 8, 2007 at 8:06 pm

    i really enjoy ur hints on poise, i’ve been looking for a way to explian it in a different way to my love ones thanks and i’ll like you to keep me imform.

    God Bless

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    December 23, 2007 at 7:45 am

    Dear Edwin .O.,
    I’m happy to hear that you enjoy these posts!
    On the right side of this page, up near the header, there is an RSS feed that you can subscribe to. Each time I post you will recieve an email notify you.
    I hope that helps you!

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    July 21, 2008 at 8:54 am

    thnks for this tip. i am to handle 3-12years in a class and teach them tips on etiquette and poise

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      February 22, 2010 at 10:19 pm

      That’s fantastic! What an opportunity you have! Keep up the good work.

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    August 2, 2008 at 10:48 am

    You’re welcome!

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    chris nwosu
    February 26, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    your are doing a wonderful work on discussion on poise,am really greatfull for that,keep it on.

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      February 22, 2010 at 10:18 pm

      Thanks, Chris. You’re encouragement is appreciated!

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    Isaac-Joseph Yemmy
    April 10, 2009 at 11:34 am

    WOW! i love this site, is really edutainment and good. Power to your elbow.


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      July 29, 2009 at 3:43 am

      Thank you, Isaac!

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    Tammy Ogona
    February 22, 2010 at 8:26 am

    I feel good about this because its me the opportunity to affect lives around me.

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    August 23, 2010 at 7:24 am

    nice i will like to have feeds on the above topic thanks

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    April 19, 2014 at 6:16 am

    Thanks for this tip.

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