Please and thank you will always be magic words. Think about it. How many times has someone asked you to do something without saying “please?” and you give them that look until they say it before you actually get up and do what they asked? Or you find yourself stopping half way through a sentence to say “thank you” to the waiter or waitress who is refilling your drink. These are basic manners that are ingrained in many of us at young ages by our parents. Manners are often times drilled into every fiber of our being and they shouldn’t whither away once we’ve grown older and become working professionals. Here are the 10 manners every lady should live by.
If I ever forgot to say sir or ma’am as a child, my parents would correct me in front of whoever I was talking to. To this day, I still call almost everyone ma’am or sir or Mr. or Mrs. It is often very difficult to break this habit, but it’s an excellent one to have. If you aren’t comfortable calling everyone ma’am or sir, at least do it in professional settings when you are talking to someone of authority. We don’t say ma’am or sir because of age; we say ma’am or sir out of respect.
Send handwritten thank you notes.
Writing letters of gratitude is already a lost art, but if you hand-write the letter, it becomes even more meaningful. Taking the time to sit down and write a short letter shows that you are truly grateful for something someone has done for you.
Make eye contact while giving a firm handshake – and don’t forget your smile.
When you have been introduced to someone, look them in the eyes. Make sure your hand is fully extended, not just your fingers.
Be on time.
If you are not at least 5 minutes early, you are late. Being somewhere on time is a good way to show someone that you are respectful of their time. The only time this rule can be bent is for parties.