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[+ CHAPTER ONE- INTRODUCTION +]
[+ CHAPTER TWO -RELATIONSHIP BUILDING +]
[+ CHAPTER FOUR- TABLE MANNERS +]
[+ CHAPTER FIVE- EATING OUT +]
[+ CHAPTER SIX- PUBLIC CONDUCT +]
[+ CHAPTER SEVEN- YOUR IMAGE +]
These days, etiquette is much more than keeping your elbows off the dining table or holding the door behind you. It is more about being civil, which is indeed the foundation of our human existence or society. And it is indeed quite important to teach and practice good manners now more than ever before.
Ironically, the first rule in etiquette is “Do unto others what you want them to do to you”.
Etiquette exists in various forms and in all cultures; it has existed and will exist still in all age groups. Good manners will be found just as same in all various scenes and situations, but the outward forms of etiquette will vary everywhere.
Being a lady or a gentleman is not just about looking good and speaking properly. To be a true lady or gentleman, one must carry on the principles of being polite into every living area of life, and never forget to extend the gentle courtesies of life to everyone.
Being polite thus becomes the expression in a graceful manner of social virtues. True politeness is the language of a good heart and character regardless of whatever circumstance.
There are people with good manners even though they may be awkward on the dinning table and may not be able to speak good English; they will never be seen making others around them uncomfortable. They are friendly, unselfish and polite in words and deeds. Teach such a person how best to show gentle courtesies of life and you have a true lady or gentleman created by God.
Rudeness should not be met with rudeness; even the most brutal and impolite human will be more shamed if they are being met with courtesy and kindness. Being polite at all times and in all situations goes a long way.
LET’S TALK ABOUT ETIQUETTE
In the seventeenth century, King Louis XIV had a magnificent chateau with beautiful gardens and parks around it. Often, when he hosted parties, people would walk all over the grass, pick flowers, wade in the fountains and leave litters behind. They did not have formal gardens and parks at their own houses and did not know how well to behave. The head gardener went to the king in great distress and asked what he could do to keep people away from walking on the grass and leaving litter all over the place. The king and the head gardener both decided to put up little signs all around the chateau and on these little signs were written these things.
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These days, etiquette is much more than keeping your elbows off the dining table or holding the door behind you. It is more about being civil, which is indeed the foundation of our human existence or society. And it is indeed quite important to teach and practice good manners now more than ever before. The Little Etiquette Guide provides simple tips to get you started in the right direction. Areas covered include relationship building, communication matters, table manners, public conduct among others.