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How to Be Socially Acceptable in All Situations

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How to Be Socially Acceptable in All Situations
Do you ever have to stop and think about what fork to use after the salad arrives during a dinner party? Have you ever wondered what is expected of you when you're a weekend guest in someone's home? You want to do the right thing, but you're not sure what that is.

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Social behavior

Many of the correct behaviors people once considered common sense have gotten lost in the swirling wind of bad advice, outdated manners, rules, and social media that makes it too easy to slip up an...

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Social rules

  • Have good manners.
  • Be on time.
  • Personal space. Every culture has different comfort levels of personal space, so before you travel, find out how close ...

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Learn to communicate

  • Conversation. Learn how to hold a decent conversation with back-and-forth dialogue. Never monopolize a discussion.
  • Never gossip
  • People’s names....

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Table manners

 Table manners
  • Basic table manners. If having your elbows on the table makes it rock, take them off the table. Put your napkin in your lap, use the flatware starting with the one farthest fr...

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Manners in business

  • Business relationships. Limit personal conversations at the office on a need-to-know basis. Be a good team player, don't make annoying sounds that might distract others, and offer ...

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Etiquette outside your home

Etiquette outside your home
  • Commuting. Keep your hands to yourself, don't stare at others, and offer a seat to anyone who needs one.
  • In the air. Don't treat your airplane seat as though it's a...
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    Proper business etiquette

    • Be on time.
    • Dress appropriately for an occasion.
    • Address everyone respectfully, such as by their last name.
    • Maintain eye contact, but do not stare.
    • Speak clearly, confidently, and do not rush through your thoughts or sentences.
    • Offer a firm handshake.

    Smile

    A confident, relaxed smile is the best way to put other people at ease. 

    Smiling is an important social cue, and that other people will respond to smiles on both a conscious and subliminal level.

    Good Manners basics

    • Language. “Please,” “Thank You,” and “You’re Welcome,” demonstrate to others that you value their effort, thought, and/or generosity.
    • Names. Always address others in business by their title (Mr., Mrs., or Ms.) and their last name, unless they request you use a given name or nickname.
    • Attire and Dress. The way a person dresses can demonstrate their respect for whoever they are meeting.
    • Eye Contact. Most people believe that those who do not make eye contact are lying or avoiding something, or that they lack the confidence to interact effectively with other people.
    • Speaking. A clear, well-modulated speaking voice is an important social tool, and contributes to the ease of communication and a good first impression.
    • Handshake. While the handshake should be firm, too much pressure shows a desire to dominate and can be a negative signal.

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    Introducing People

    Introducing People

    People no longer have the option to introduce themselves to new people at their convenience (like in an office setting, for example). With the remote setting, the second someone joins an online meeting, they’re exposed in front of dozens of new faces staring straight at them. It's easy to feel awkward. More so if they are ignored, or not properly introduced.

    So make sure to introduce everyone individually to the group. And if not everyone on the call knows each other, make the time for short ice-breaking sessions for everyone to introduce themselves.

    The Waiting Room

    It is advisable to enable the waiting room option for new joiners so that they are made to enter one at a time and provided with a proper introduction.

    It also takes care of the risk of your meeting getting crashed by someone suddenly.

    The Art Of The Pause

    • Video chats with multiple participants have a lot of cross-talk and people talking at the same time. This problem is compounded by dodgy internet speeds.

    • It is possible to listen to only one person at a time, so one has to learn the art of the pause. Stopping and staying silent will allow others to calm down.

    • Zoom also has a raise hand feature, which helps facilitate the meeting in an orderly fashion.

    An Unbalanced Life

    We live in a culture where work demands our complete allegiance. At the same time, it can be extremely enriching. You feel challenged by your work, you're attached to it, you're learning new things.

    But, it is harmful to live an unbalanced life with too much focus on work and never truly being 'off'. It is detrimental to your relationships, your health, and your productivity.

    Redefine Success

    Reconsider how you define success. Workaholics are always aiming to get ahead. But you also need to draw a boundary line that shows respect for your family life, and your physical and spiritual well-being.

    Refocus Your Attention

    After you have redefined success, consider how you want to invest your time and energy. 

    There will always be more work to be done, but make a choice to spend your time elsewhere: with family, friends, or in your community. And when you spend time with your family or friends, do so with undivided attention.