Etiquette 'Dos and Don'ts'
There are many rights and wrongs to etiquette. Here are a few basic dos and don’ts to live by!
1.) Thank others when they do something nice for you.
2.) Say hello and good-bye to your host when you are invited to a party.
3.) Look people in the eye when you speak with them.
4.) Give a firm handshake and maintain good posture.
5.) Accept all compliments politely.
6.) Apologize as soon as you realize you have made a mistake.
7.) Check your appearance before you leave home.
8.) Always introduce yourself first.
9.) Answer a letter with a letter, an email with an email, a phone call with a phone call.
10.) Be aware of other people’s body language and your own body language.
11.) Talk equally to the person on either side of you when you are in a group.
12.) Try a little of everything served to you (unless you know you are allergic to it).
13.) Wait until you have swallowed the food in your mouth before you take a sip of your drink.
14.) If a bite of food is too hot, take a sip of water.
15.) Look into your glass when drinking.
16.) Sit up straight and keep your elbows off the table.
17.) Rest your feet flat on the floor while eating.
18.) Send a 'thank you' card to your host the following day.
1.) Don’t snoop when you are invited in someone’s home.
2.) Don’t promote yourself in a private gathering.
3.) Don’t name drop and brag about who you know and what you have.
4.) Don’t treat wait staff badly.
5.) Don’t ask someone for their name or if they don't remember you; introduce yourself first.
6.) Don’t call a professional or business person by first name unless you’ve been asked to do so.
7.) Don’t wear too much cologne or perfume.
8.) Don’t finish other people’s sentences.
9.) Don’t turn your glass upside down, if you don’t want to drink.
10.) Don’t talk with your mouth full.
11.) Don’t blow your nose, pick your nails or teeth, or apply makeup in public.
12.) Don’t scratch or rub any part of your body.
13.) Don’t talk about your illnesses unless asked.
14.) Don’t interrupt or keep looking at your watch.
15.) Don’t bring up religious or political topics.
16.) Don’t announce that you’re “stuffed” or “through eating.”
17.) Don’t scold family members or employees in front of others.
18.) Don’t order people around.
19.) Don’t make dates you don’t intend to keep.
20.) Don’t drink too much.
21.) Don’t fold your napkin to make it look unused.
22.) Don’t break a date if something better comes along.
23.) Don’t badmouth your ex-employer or ex-spouse.
24.) Don’t use different manners for different people.
25.) Don’t double dip your veggies or chips in a dip.
26.) Don’t tell people what you have done or would not do.
27.) Don’t ask other people to do things for you that you can do yourself.
28.) Don’t pretend you know something you don’t.
29.) Don’t ask the host who else will be at the party.
30.) Don’t discuss your money or problems in public.
31.) Don’t tip staff at a private party.
32.) Don’t stand up if you’re being toasted.
33.) Don’t lay used flatware on the table.
34.) Don’t take medicine at the table.
35.) Don’t leave a party without thanking your host.
36.) Don’t talk on a cell phone in public (restaurant, church, theater, bus, train, elevator, air plane).
37.) Don’t chew gum at social gatherings.
38.) Don’t chew with your mouth open.
39.) Don’t blow on food that is hot.