By Bright Bassey
We live in a mixed society. Every day we interact with people who have different cultural and social upbringing and as such, different thinking patterns. What looks suitable to you might be offensive to the next person. It is important that we understand how people perceive things and learn how we can accommodate other people’s way of life.
We can adjust to carry others along when we know the conventional way things are done. How can this be achieved? Etiquette. Simply put, etiquette refers to codes of conduct that govern socially acceptable behaviors. Good enough, these behaviors can be learnt.
Here is a list of some socially acceptable behaviors:
- Never pay someone a visit without calling first. It’s rude and shows you don’t show regard for their privacy.
- Don’t put your phone on the table in public. By doing so, you are either saying the conversation is boring and you will rather reply your chats than be a part of what is going on.
- Whoever you are, when you enter a room you should be the first person to greet everyone there.
- Don’t laugh or talk too loudly in public, as well as staring at people, it’s insulting.
- If you’re walking in the company of another person and your companion greets a person you don’t know, you should also greet them.
- Don’t lend someone a book or item unless they specifically ask for it. Because you will get annoyed if they fail to appreciate your gesture.
- Don’t break up with someone by text or chat. It’s proper doing so face to face.
- Chew with your mouth closed. Its rude opening your mouth when you have food in it.
- If you bump into someone suddenly, say excuse me.
- Don’t forget to thank people when they help you. They help you not because they have to. It’s their desire. Appreciate them.
As the saying goes, different strokes for different folks. Yet it’s important to act gracefully in public.