‘Good social manners are just a way of showing other people that we have respect for them’ ~Bill Kelly

Till now we have understood what are Visual Etiquette and Business Etiquette. In this article I would be sharing three key social touch points in daily public settings, where we can create winning impressions through our behavior with others.

There is no such thing as my personal preference of a certain behavior, when it comes to public (social) settings. There are certain best practice behaviors which need to be kept in mind at all times.

Dining Etiquette:

  • Exchange greetings with the hotel staff:

Not acknowledging a reception staff greeting you ‘Good evening ma’am’ comes across as a very rude behavior. A simple way of acknowledging it is to smile, and give a silent nod, or in return offer the same greetings.

  • When placing the food or drinks order:

Please do not yell or snap your fingers or call out ‘hello’ to ask a server to attend you. Politely say ‘Excuse me’ or wait for a while to allow someone from staff to take your order.

  • Cutlery:

Do not play or tap or wave your cutlery (folks, spoon, knife) while waiting for the order. And if you accidentally drop your cutlery, please do not pick the one that is dropped, instead politely ask for another.

  • Napkin:

Fold your napkin and place it on your lap. Please do not tuck it like a bib (a big no- no). A napkin is meant to be used only to wipe your hands gently, and not to blow nose.