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10 Easy Etiquette Tips

August 6, 2009
1. Turn the cell phone off — completely — during a luncheon meeting, social function, or on public transportation.
2. Hold the door — whether male or female, hold open a door you have just passed through for the person behind you.

3. Bring a gift for the hostess — preferably one that doesn’t require her to drop everything she is doing.

4. Keep to the left — on the sidewalk, in stairwells

5. Say please and thank you — to waiters, flight attendants, store clerks, cab drivers — the little things go a long way.
6. Circulate at a party or social gathering — whether hostess or guest, the people, not the food or drink, should be your main focus.
7. Keep food or drink, briefcases or files in your left hand — keep your right hand free for handshakes.
8. Stamp and address thank you notes in advance — when you know they will be needed, then fill them out and drop them in the mail after attending an event or receiving a gift or favor and you will be done.
9. Make eye contact and offer a warm smile — in every situation, this sets people at ease.
10. Be perceptive — survey a situation and always use your best judgment.
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