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OVER 40? YOU SHOULD KNOW BETTER …

We’ve all done it….sneezed without adequately covering our mouth….ordered coffee without a “please” or forgotten to pass something properly. But, not knowing your etiquette can strain any occasion. Knowing etiquette is not being “snobby”, it’s being considerate of others. Once you’ve hit 40, you should know better than to do the following:

SNEAKING A “SIP” PRIOR TO THE TOAST BEING COMPLETED …

IF you’ve put your glass to your lips….return to the toast and wait until all glasses are returned to personal level PRIOR to sipping. It’s quite rude to jump the gun and sip.

PASSING ONLY THE SALT …

Most people don’t know that they are supposed to pass BOTH salt and pepper. In essence, they are married and should move about the table together!

NOT RSVP-ING IN A TIMELY FASHION …

That “maybe” option when replying to an event on Facebook doesn’t actually excuse you from giving your host a definitive answer about attending their party.

“There is a lot of effort that goes into planning an event… so you want to be a considerate and respectful guest by responding to the RSVP,” says Bonnie Tsai, founder and director of Beyond Etiquette, an etiquette and communications training firm. So, how quickly should you be offering a confirmation? Tsai suggests responding no more than 48 hours later. Mom would be proud!

SHOWING UP LATE …

This is MY biggest pet peeve! Traffic being what it is today, it’s almost a given that someone will get caught and be late to the meeting. But, be sure to call whomever you are meeting and give them an update. Just showing up late tells your host that YOUR time is much more important than THEIRS! Not a great way to build relationships.

NOT HAVING A HOST OR HOSTESS GIFT …

Showing up at an event empty handed is a HUGE no-no! It doesn’t have to be a large, elaborate gift….a scented candle will do … try to tailor the gift to your host/hostess.

WERE any of these a surprise to you? have any you consider mandatory that we didn’t mention? Let us know.

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