10 Rules of Etiquette That Define What People Think of Us at First Glance

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Many people think that following the rules of etiquette only applies to state officials and royalty. In her book Etiquette Today, Moira Redmond talks about how when meeting a new person, you automatically direct your attention to their manners. To find out exactly which manners people pay attention to the most, read below.

We at Inversly.com think it’s better to learn about etiquette rules, than put yourself in an uncomfortable situation.

10. You’re an attentive listener.

The ability to listen to a conversation is just as important as the communication itself. I think we can all agree that it’s great when your friend is listening to you attentively instead of paying attention to something else. Don’t turn your attention to your cell phone or other things. Try to listen to the conversation even if you’re not interested in the topic. You might find the following trick useful: listen to your friend’s talking, not what their talking about. However, if the topic of the conversation bores you, try to politely change it.

9. You’re not too open with people you barely know.

Certain topics of conversation are better discussed just among friends. If you start telling people you barely know about your illnesses, financial problems, or personal life issues, you may find that not all of them appreciate your openness. Politics, religion, finances, and personal life are not the best topics for small talk and could also result in a misunderstanding. It’s better to try to find something in common with people who aren’t close friends, for example, you can talk about the weather, movies, or sports.

8. You wear the proper amount of perfume.

Many people wear too much perfume because they seem to think that if they don’t, people won’t be able to smell the fragrance. According to the rules of etiquette, this is not the right thing to do. There’s a concept called “a scent circle” — defined as an area about an arm’s length from your body. People should only be able to smell your perfume when they step inside this scent circle. A few drops of your favorite perfume is usually enough. If you use a spray perfume, spray your scent in the air and step into it so that the perfume spreads evenly on your body.

7. You’re not too affectionate in public.

People in love find it hard to hide their strong, intimate feelings in public. The rule of thumb in this case, is to try not to make other people uncomfortable. Passionate kisses, hugs, and especially fights should be delayed until you’re alone. By doing this, you show respect not only to others, but to your partner as well.

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