20 Etiquette Rules That Exude Class

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20 etiquette rules that exude class are those that many feel should stand out as lessons to teach when one is still a child. After all, if one learns these lessons early, they tend to stick with you.

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Show respect and kindness to everyone

This is one of the first lessons anyone should learn as a child. Etiquette rules can start from an early age.

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Say thank you, please, excuse me, etc. 

It takes only a moment and doesn’t do anything but earn respect. Elders especially are wise to show respect to.

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Hold your silverware correctly 

This is something that comes later. But etiquette rules are important at the table, so learn to hold your utensils properly.

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Use a napkin when wiping your mouth or nose

Your sleeves are meant to cover your arms, not collect the residue from your lips and nose. Etiquette rules aren’t always followed, but it’s wise to consider this.

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Chew with your mouth closed

No one needs to see your chewed-up food, and no one wants to. As long as you can, keep your mouth closed when eating.

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No elbows on the table

This isn’t always possible. But while eating, having some sense of decorum will show that you have class.

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Do not interrupt people when they are talking

This is beyond rude when talking to another person. If you want your words heard, then listen to others while they’re speaking.

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Do not comment on someone’s appearance unless you are saying something nice

This is one of the oldest adages around. But honestly, it’s good advice since insulting people is not a great way to make friends.

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Give compliments when necessary

You don’t need to go around complimenting everyone at all times. But a pleasant compliment, a genuine one, doesn’t hurt.

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Thank you letters are a must in some situations

For birthdays and holidays, anytime you are given something, a thank you letter is wise. It shows respect and gratitude.

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Help others in need

You don’t need to become a superhero, but when possible, help others. This goes a long way to showing class and earning respect.

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Introduce yourself and others properly

Unless you’re on familiar terms with a person, introduce yourself properly. It’s a sign of respect for others.

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Be aware of body language

You can say far more with a stance, a look, or a gesture than you can with words. Maintaining awareness of this is wise.

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Never call an adult by their first name unless it’s deemed acceptable

This goes primarily for children, as it is not acceptable in many cases to call an adult by their first name. But this can also apply to adults, as it is another mark of respect and class.

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Always knock on a door before entering

There are many instances when simply walking in is acceptable. But unless you are this familiar with someone, knocking is a smart choice.

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Answer the phone politely

If you know who’s calling, an informal greeting could work. Otherwise, answer politely to maintain the proper respect.

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Make eye contact when speaking to someone

Looking away or down can indicate disrespect or tell someone that you are uninterested or lying. You don’t need to have a staring contest but meet their eyes at some point.

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Do not point or stare at people

This is a habit that presents an issue for many people. But pointing and staring at others for how they look or for any other reason is not smart, or polite.

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Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing

No one needs your germs entering their personal space. Keep your mouth covered, or at least turn away.

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Invite someone to your group if they are alone

This is not required of anyone. But if someone appears lonely and adrift in a public setting, attempt to include them.


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