Modern Etiquette Rules Are Guides To Success: How To Be Always Empathetic And Nice In Today's Society

Date September 21, 2018

In the past, it was considered savagely to visit without giving a call first, or not to open the car door to a woman, or to sit next to the driver unless he was your husband. What is more, people smoked everywhere, including a shared bedroom, and it was okay. How did modern etiquette change since then? Is it rude to check your phone during a conversation? To leave without tipping the waiter? How about showing up to a dinner party empty-handed?

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Western civilization’s etiquette guides are considered to be success manuals. In most cases, being arrogant means hurting someone's feelings or even sabotaging one's own success. These rules may help you avoid awkward situations.

1. When invited to an event, ask how many friends or family members you can take with you. It is better to show up by yourself than bring a spouse, children, or a friend without asking.

2. Don’t come to a party with empty hands. Even when the host insists on the opposite, bringing fruits, flowers, or an ice-cream for children would be nice.

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3. Put the phone aside when having a dinner party. In the past, it was rude to avoid eye contact when talking to a person and, nowadays, the evil lies in holding your phone close and checking it constantly when in company. It is comparable to saying “I am bored here” out loud.

4. If you are invited to a party with your children, you are automatically asked to help with cleaning. Children are adorable, but the mess they do is not. 

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5. Don’t talk about people who are not there. It is acceptable when it is not gossip, such as when organising a birthday party, or expressing concern and willingness to help with something. It applies to your children, spouse, and other relatives. 


6. The phrases “I's like to invite you”, “You are invited”, or similar variations, mean “I am paying for the dinner”. Mind this when talking to your business partners or co-workers. It is better to suggest going together somewhere.

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7. Don't correct friends or family members in front of other people. This is evidence of bad manners and can hurt the person.

In a nutshell, most of what is considered etiquette is nothing but showing good manners. Some aspects may change with time, but politeness and respect should always be paramount.