We could all use a reminder on our etiquette skills. For those who are new to the social scene, here are some basic etiquette tips to get you through any event without embarrassing yourself or others.
First Things First
Qualities others want to be around are humility, confidence and authority; be that person. When you make your entrance, it is best to find the host and thank them for hosting. Make eye contact and smile as you walk through the room so you do not look lost. Remember, be interested in other people.
Introduce Yourself (and Others) with Ease
Doing a little research prior to any event you attend is a great way to make sure you are well-informed on the crowd. This knowledge equips you with the ability to introduce yourself to the right people in the room with ease and have a little something about them to discuss. Everyone likes to talk about their latest accomplishment or award. Never fail to introduce one person who may need an introduction to another in the room, even if this introduction provides no value to you. You will then be known as the classy person who is looking out for others.
Improve Your Meal Tactics and Mingling Proficiency
Make sure you always have one hand free to give a proper greeting. Also, brief yourself on current events and make sure you are skilled with small talk. Be an interesting person to speak with and others—especially your host—will be grateful. Small talk breaks the ice, establishing an immediate connection that you can’t otherwise gain.
Effective Meal Tactics
Have you ever faced confusion over which piece of silverware to use during different parts of the meal? Make sure you learn the best way to dine with style and grace so that others walk away feeling as if they were dining with royalty. Another hint: always place your napkin on your lap, folded in the middle, with the open side facing the table. Wipe your mouth with the inside of that napkin, not the outside. Follow your host with regard to the speed of eating and completing the meal.
Etiquette is a lost art. Committing to bringing proper protocol back into your world will not only attribute to your personal standing, but to the landscape of the world as a whole. Keep in mind that when you have proper etiquette and protocol intelligence, you will feel better about yourself.