Manners and Etiquette: The Best Rules to Follow

Stop annoying other by keeping your cell phone off the table, holding doors for people, and learn the proper rules of etiquette for every situation.

from Reader's Digest | Dec/Jan 2012
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    1. Wait for everyone to be served

    If you're seated at a table with eight or fewer guests, wait for everyone to be served and for the hostess to begin eating before you dig in. At a long banquet table, it's OK to start when several people are seated and served.

    2. Keep your things off the table

    All things not having to do with food (and decoration) should remain off the table: keys, clutch bags, cigarette packs, sunglasses, BlackBerrys.

    3. Don't text at the table

    Farhad Manjoo on slate.com: "If you're in a situation where you'd excuse yourself to go to the bathroom, you should also excuse yourself before reaching for your phone."

    4. If you prefer not to have wine while dining out, don't turn your glass upside down

    Don't make a big deal of saying you don't drink. Simply place your fingertips on the rim of the glass and say "Not today, thanks." This implies no judgment of those who wish to imbibe.

    5. Practice good speakerphone manners

    Don't use a speakerphone unless you're in your office and holding a meeting that's being attended by someone remotely. Alert the person you're speaking with that others are present, and close the door. FYI: Using a speakerphone at full volume to go through your voice mailbox is the definition of annoying.

    6. Whoever arrives at a door first holds it for the next person

    It doesn't matter the gender of either.

    7. Don't microwave stinky foods in the shared lunchroom. (Come on.)

    8. At the airport, don't crowd the boarding area

    And once on board, stow your stuff and get out of the aisle quickly. When claiming your baggage don't crowd the carousel. Step forward only when you see your bag.

    9. Let people off the elevator and hold the doors for others before you board

    10. If all you have to say in your e-mail reply is "Thanks!" refrain from sending it.

    You're just clogging an inbox.

    11. Keep your cell phone out of the conversation

    When talking to someone in person, don't glance down at your cell phone to see who's trying to reach you.

    12. Be polite in e-mail

    Things not to do when e-mailing: shout in all caps, use colored fonts or clip-art emoticons, attach large files, forward an e-mail unless appropriate.

    13. Respect the text

    Work e-mails can be sent anytime, but business texts should be restricted to one hour before the start of the workday to two hours after it ends, according to The Modern Gentleman.

    Your Comments

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/SMVV27EYKNNGAPJEMDK4R72B2M Roxy

      This is one of those things that boys and girls are taught at an early age.  It always pays to be polite.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/SMVV27EYKNNGAPJEMDK4R72B2M Roxy

      This is one of those things that boys and girls are taught at an early age.  It always pays to be polite.

    • Heavenrabbit

      nice tip

    • Harvthebarbarian

      I think the last one about an email “thanks” is not correct.  Not so much for the thank you, but that it acknowledges that you received the other person’s email doing something or telling you something that is worthy of a thank you.  If you don’t reply, you may be leaving the sender wondering if you even received it.  I don’t consider a confirmation a clogging of my inbox.

    • Harvthebarbarian

      I think the last one about an email “thanks” is not correct.  Not so much for the thank you, but that it acknowledges that you received the other person’s email doing something or telling you something that is worthy of a thank you.  If you don’t reply, you may be leaving the sender wondering if you even received it.  I don’t consider a confirmation a clogging of my inbox.

    • http://www.facebook.com/arshamsray Shams Aci

       Whoever arrives at a door first holds it for the next person

      It doesn’t matter the gender of either.                                  :  Nice

    • http://www.facebook.com/arshamsray Shams Aci

       Don’t text at the table:  Right

    • http://www.facebook.com/arshamsray Shams Aci

       Keep your things off the table:   Right

    • http://www.facebook.com/arshamsray Shams Aci

       Wait for everyone to be served: That sounds as a qualified etiquette & manner.

    • joy mae

       its soo good tama!