A lot of people feel like, now more than over, manners are dead. But the truth this is actually the time that manners mean the most! In a world dominated by social media, phones, and skype, manners will set you apart from the rest, and help you make an impression.
Below are the 14 mistakes that I see people around me making all the time. If you can avoid these, you will already be well on your way to giving an impression that will set you apart from the crowd.
But most importantly, focus on making other people feel good through the use of good manners. People will forget many things about you, but never the way you make them feel, so always focus on making other people feel great in every encounter you have with them.
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14 Modern Manner Mistakes:
- Make your phone more important than the people around you
- Don’t say something online that you wouldn’t say in person
- Practice good manners at home, not just when you’re out and about
- Be on time! If you’re going to be late, let people know
- Always have situational awareness. Know what’s going on around you
- Always show respect at work
- Keep yourself from constantly interrupting others. When others are talking, actually listen, don’t just wait for your turn to speak
- Do not overuse foul language. Understand how it portrays you to other people
- Have patience and empathy for others, where they are in their life, and what they might be struggling with
- Be purposeful about making introductions. Always be the one who makes the introduction
- Do not ignore party manners. Maybe bring a gift, and always RSVP
- Don’t ask nosey questions. Be careful about questions that could be considered rude or intrusive
- Do not ask for special treatment
- Do not argue over the check at the restaurant
Focus on always making other people feel great by using good manners, everyday and in every situation.