According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, the definition of etiquette is the conduct or procedure required by good breeding or prescribed by authority to be observed in social or official life. We can say that etiquette is a behavior that can be taught by a person of knowledge to guide a person through their life. More so, good etiquette can lead a person to a better accord with people he/she deals.
Each year, we certify individuals to partake and spread etiquette knowledge to more and more people around the world. We are happy that many are interested in partaking in such an effort but we still need more. Have we seen what is in the media or even what is currently happening all over the world? Not the pandemic, but music videos have been more sexual and explicit. Not that we do not support self-expression, we think that there should be limits especially when you cannot control your audience. Have you seen how cheating is becoming so common? People in public do not care for your own space nor do they respect your opinion even when your opinion is actually leaning to a fact. The world has somehow lost the kindness, the dignity and the respect for one another. Even children learn more basic things from the internet than from conversations within the family because people do not even dialogue anymore. Some parents would rather replace family time with an iPad or phone time. No wonder people feel so divided and lonely.
Etiquette is about manners. It is about harmony with others. Etiquette is important because it serves as a basis on how we should properly act and present ourselves publicly, and even on our own. It is treating each other with grace and respect. It is how we interact with others. Conducting one’s self in such a way that it doesn’t offend another is paramount.
One of our favorite quotes read “Good manners reflect something from inside-an innate sense of consideration for others and respect for self.” by Emily Post and it really speaks so much about how one should seriously take in the importance of good manners and etiquette. It is an intrinsic attitude of being concerned when dealing with others. Since we are all a part of society, having good etiquette should not only be for a few but should be the norm. We deal with people almost everyday of our lives and being thoughtful on how we interact with others is the least we can do.
Unfortunately, not everyone was taught nor reared in an environment where knowledge about good etiquette was presented. With varying cultures and traditions, we somehow only focus on what is within our reach. And we are proud of that. However, with cultures and traditions becoming introduced to more people, we should be aware that universal protocols are established and we can learn it. In this way, we can have a common set of good and proper etiquette that everyone can do without having to offend anyone. Such examples are etiquette for dining and chivalry. The two most popular protocols for dining are American and European dining. Did you know about this? It is actually very detailed and fascinating to deal with! We won’t get deeper into it but learning these protocols and styles is beneficial because you just might not know when the opportunity arises. Or at times when we fancy doing it at home, imagining stuff, wouldn't it be fun practicing and having a wonderful time? Chivalry on the other hand is a kind of code for men that has been highly regarded since ancient times. Heard of the saying “Chivalry isn’t dead” when a man does extreme courtesy? Ladies would swoon at these actions.
You see, these actions we thought of as very basic should actually be taught more often. Times are changing and people change too but we shouldn't leave behind courtesy and respect for one another. It is these essential etiquettes that we should promote so we can live in harmony with each other. Etiquette is so important because it values how we take part in our dealings with other people.
We personally think that these should be a curriculum in school but we can only do so too when people are aware of its impact. By being mediums of proper etiquette, we can influence others to be better and help others too. We hope that by reading this, we can somehow convince you that it can be you too! We hope even by self learning or joining us in our Masterclass, you can be an agent of good etiquette, as well. We are serious! If you have any questions or are interested in becoming a Certified Etiquette Consultant, please do reach out to us. One person at a time is how we change lives. Do believe you can make a difference, because we sure do!
We always emphasize how learning new things will always be part of life and no one can take it away from us. From The Inside Out School of Etiquette teaches etiquette to children and adults. Many topics are available for you! So that you will be prepared for when you need it.
If you want to know more, we have paid videos and FREE videos for you. We also have an intensive 5-Week Masterclass conducted by the owner, Jackie Vernon-Thompson live via zoom, if you ever want to be a Certified Etiquette Consultant and teach in your area and virtually! This is for everyone globally and we will try to help and educate as much as we can.
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