With such a wealth of etiquette rules to be familiar with and to
apply in our lives, it is hard to remember them all. However, all of these
rules come from common principles and the following is a good way to apply
yourself, even if you are unaware or unfamiliar of the correct etiquette:
You can’t replace instinctive kindness, thoughtfulness,
consideration and respect with rules. Being a gentleman transcends convention and a simple
genuine interest in others will make people feel special.
manners are not just for people you wish to impress or for strangers.
Your thoughts, words and deeds should not do anything which is
unpleasant for others (e.g. rudeness, littering, swearing, spitting,
untidiness, being ungroomed etc.). Never humiliate others, even if they
display a lack of or bad etiquette and manners.
a simple “please” and “thank you”, being punctual and assisting others
does just this. Remembering not to take more than your share
(pavement/sidewalk, road, seat, arm rest, food, drink etc.) is also an
people have the same backgrounds, cultures and beliefs so remember to
appreciate local laws and customs – and etiquette rules. Learning about
others and sharing views and ideas can be one of life’s greatest
Even if you think that deep down you're not, seek to appear
virtuous. A gentleman always comes out of everything smelling of roses.
Remember that your most valuable commodity is yourself. By the correct practice
of etiquette, you are displaying all your best marketing techniques. This
attracts interest and creates a positive impression which lasts long after you
These underpinning rules should see you through most social interactions but should not be seen as the easy way to avoid learning the correct etiquette. If you are applying the above you will develop a willing and eager spirit, which will make you want to know the correct etiquette to apply.
"What you dislike in another take care to correct in yourself". – Thomas Sprat.