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Good Manners and Decorum
Transcript of Good Manners and Decorum
Someone who lacks good manners may be considered boorish or inappropriate, and he or she may be at a disadvantage in many social situations.
•Etiquette •Manners pertain from everything from how to introduce people to how to eat. While the precise nature of good manners may vary, the underlying principles do not.
•Good manners involve treating people with respect and courtesy, and in making sure that other people feel comfortable in a variety of situations. The old Biblical rule of “do as you would be done by” is sometimes used as an illustration of how manners are supposed to work.
Decorum came from the Latin which means "right, proper", was a principle of classical rhetoric, poetry and theatrical theory that was about the fitness or otherwise of a style to a theatrical subject. The concept of decorum is also applied to prescribed limits of appropriate social behavior within set situations.
These two things are seen less these days, if the society displays less virtue, what will happen to the society?
“Good manners and proper etiquette are at the very core of how we communicate with one another,” says Denise Dinyon, Lenox gift-giving and etiquette expert. “We need to develop and reinforce those essential courtesies that make our relationships strong, valuable and long-lasting.” She offers the following etiquette tips, which are easy to incorporate into everyday life:
1. Turn the cell phone off -- completely -- during a luncheon meeting, social function, or on public transportation.
2. Hold the door -- whether male or female, hold open a door you have just passed through for the person behind you.
3. Bring a gift for the hostess -- preferably one that doesn’t require her to drop everything she is doing.
4. Keep to the right -- on the sidewalk, in stairwells.
5. Say please and thank you -- to waiters, flight attendants, store clerks, cab drivers -- the little things go a long way.
6. Circulate at a party or social gathering -- whether hostess or guest, the people, not the food or drink, should be your main focus.
7. Keep food or drink, briefcases or files in your left hand -- keep your right hand free for handshakes.
8. Stamp and address thank you notes in advance -- when you know they will be needed, then fill them out and drop them in the mail after attending an event or receiving a gift or favor and you’ll be done.
9. Make eye contact and offer a warm smile -- in every situation, this sets people at ease.
10. Be perceptive -- survey a situation and always use your best judgment.
“Now, more than ever, people need to live graciously,” says Dinyon. “Having good manners is always in style.”
And there are still more proper manners and etiquette that we must learn and gain.
•The precise behaviors involved in good manners vary from place to place. Cultural traditions play an important role in manners, as do religious beliefs, social status, and economic class.
•As a general rule, people learn the manners which pertain to their particular social, economic, and cultural situation, and travelers must learn specific rules of conduct to fit in as they visit other societies.