Category Archives: Public Courtesies

How To Use A Wedge Of Lemon

If you are served a wedge of lemon to flavor tea, iced tea, fish, or other foods, you may want to squeeze the lemon in the drink or on the food. Gently squeeze the juice of  the lemon on the … Continue reading

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Be A Good Sport

No one likes to be around a poor loser or a gloating winner.  It’s important to use good etiquette skills when playing sports. To be a good loser: 1. Thank the other player or team members for playing a good … Continue reading

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ATM Courtesies

When waiting to use an ATM, be courteous to the person currently using the machine.  Doing your banking in an open, public setting can be intimidating. 1. Stand back and leave enough distance between you and the person using the … Continue reading

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Age

It is improper to ask someone how old they are.  It is also improper to ask others to guess your age. If you find yourself in the dilemma of guessing a person’s age, it is politically correct to subtract at … Continue reading

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Go the Extra Mile

I recently made a purchase at a retail store and after the sales associate completed my transaction, she walked out from behind the counter, handed my bag to me, and with a sincere smile said, “Thank you for shopping here.  … Continue reading

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The Importance of an RSVP

An RSVP is critical to the planning of a successful event.  It gives the host or hostess a number to work with when making arrangements for food, beverages, seating and more. If you fail to appropriately RSVP or uphold your … Continue reading

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Entering and Exiting Doors – Who Has the Right of Way?

Have you ever approached a door at the same time as someone going in the opposite direction approaches the door?  There is usually an awkward moment between the two parties as they try to decide who is going to go … Continue reading

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Top Ten College Dorm Bathroom Etiquette Tips

This past weekend, I visited my college alma mater for a reunion weekend and stayed in a college dorm.  While using the bathrooms in the dorm, I was surprised, but elated, to read some very unusual graffiti on the stall … Continue reading

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Learn From Others

It is so easy to become frustrated when your expectations are not met when interacting with others.  For example, a sales associate is slow at the checkout or a technician can’t immediately tell you why your computer is not working. … Continue reading

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“Thank You” Can Make A Spiritual Connection

A prayer is a means of communicating on a spiritual level.  Prayers do not need to be lengthy or complicated.  Two words imperative to proper etiquette can also be a very simple prayer.  These two words are thank you. Saying … Continue reading

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