Rainmaking Recommendation #79: Manners Matter

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Image courtesy of Stuart Miles/Freedigitalphotos.net

Lately, I have noticed a horrific lack of manners (even more so than usual):

  • Not saying “excuse me” when you have to interrupt someone;
  • Not saying:  “thank you” for being helped;
  • Not apologizing for making a mistake or offending someone inadvertently;
  • Looking at your smart phone at inappropriate times (like when you have a client or colleague sitting in front of you);
  • Eating like a slob/pig or reaching across a table;
  • Taking phone calls when someone is in your office or worse using phones in inappropriate locations (like when you are with a cashier or in a restaurant or in the bathroom);
  • Being at a networking event and barging into a group without introducing yourself or asking to be introduced;
  • Walking through a door without holding for the person behind you (it doesn’t matter whether you are a man or a woman);
  • The lack of the word “Please”;
  • Interrupting someone who is talking and
  • Rudeness;

And so many more examples.

We have become a society which expects to get and get quickly without the traditional niceties with which some of us, or our parents, or our grandparents, have grown up.  However, manners matter.

Remember, people do business with people they know, like and trust and one of the ways to get people to like us to have common courtesy.

Excellent manners can only help you to have better relationships with people you know, and help to create relationships with those you will meet.

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