Good manners are called the "language of respect." This language is clear to everyone, and compliance (or ignoring) the requirements of etiquette can tell a lot about a person. However, not all the subtleties of modern etiquette can be called generally known.
Whether you are at a meeting, having dinner with friends or visiting, your smartphone should remain in your pocket or purse. If you put it on the table, you thereby demonstrate your readiness to be distracted by a call, notification of new messages, updating your friends' feed, and so on at any time. And this is a demonstration of disdain for the interlocutor.
During business negotiations, the ideal distance between interlocutors is considered to be a distance of one meter. And the distance recommended by etiquette between the boss and subordinates during meetings is about one and a half meters.
While indoors, a woman may not take off her hat or scarf, as well as gloves. However, this rule does not apply to hats and mittens. The hat can only be left on your head if your visit does not last more than ten minutes.
The bag does not fit on a chair or on your lap. A miniature elegant clutch can be put on the table; larger bags are hung on the back of a chair or placed on the floor. Etiquette briefcases are placed on the floor.
In small talk, you should avoid those that are considered taboo by etiquette and can put the interlocutor in an awkward position. These are questions of religion, politics, as well as health and finance.
You can arrange a meeting with friends through sms messages, WhatsApp or social networks. But to invite a girl on a romantic date according to the rules of etiquette in this way is not worth it - you must either do it in person, or call.
If in a cinema, theater, concert hall or in a sports arena your seats are in the middle of the row, and some of the seats are already occupied, you need to go to them, turning to the seated face. In this case, a man walks first in a row, and a woman follows him.
Regardless of the age or social status of a woman, a man needs to help her carry bulky bags or other large items. However, a man can carry a handbag only in one case: if his companion is unable to do it due to health conditions.
It is customary to address all people over 12 years of age as "you", an exception is made only for relatives, friends and other people with whom you have a "special" relationship. "Poking" subordinates, waiters or people who are just a little younger is bad form.
From the moment the children stop sleeping with their parents and move to a separate room, the nursery becomes their personal space. And, if the door to the room is closed, parents must knock before entering. By the way, with strict observance of this rule, it is much easier for children to accustom them to the fact that it is also impossible to break into the parents' bedroom without knocking.
Telling others that you are on a diet (especially during joint lunches or dinners) is a gross violation of the rules of etiquette. You should not do this during a party at a party. Even if there is nothing on the table that is allowed by the diet, just put something on the plate and be sure to praise the hostess. It is not necessary to eat.
You can dry the umbrella in the open state only at home. In the office, umbrellas are stored folded - on a hanger or on an umbrella stand. On a visit, you can open an umbrella for drying only if the owners of the house themselves suggested that you do it.
If you invited a business partner to a restaurant, you pay the bill. In business, this rule works even if the invitation comes from a woman. If the phrase “I invite you” was not voiced (for example, “maybe we will discuss this at dinner), by default it is assumed that everyone pays for himself. However, in this situation, a man can offer a woman to pay for her dinner, and she has the right to agree or reject the offer.
If you dine in a restaurant with a company, the first person to enter the restaurant is the one from whom the invitation came (and who will eventually pay). This allows staff to understand who the “main” customer is.
The word “thank you”, said at the time of transferring money for services rendered (for example, to a taxi driver or a waiter), means “no change is needed”. You make it clear that you consider the settlement to be final, and the entire amount above the check is meant for tea.