Is etiquette still important?
There is a common misconception that etiquette is an antiquated art which belongs in the past and holds no relevance today. In many cases, etiquette has become a synonymous with old fashioned or archaic.
The very core of etiquette is about putting others at ease. Having the confidence to know how to behave in any given situation.
When people hear the word etiquette, it conjurs images of a prudish grandmother scolding you for using the wrong fork or a snob who uses etiquette rules to promote class distinction and make themselves feel superior. But this is far from the reality of what etiquette actually is.
Putting others at ease
The true essence of etiquette is the intention of putting others at ease. To act in accordance with etiquette is to behave in a way that takes into account the people you are with and are affecting.
By putting others at the forefront of your mind, you strive to be a pleasant and charming person to be around.
We all secretly like having some rules, which is why etiquette strikes a perfect and enduring balance. It allows us enough leeway to make our own decisions while simultaneously providing us guidelines so we know how to act appropriately in any situation.
This human desire for rules will always be relevant, hence we can rely on etiquette to guide us.
Confidence & Savoire -faire
The ability to know how to behave correctly in any social situation is known in English by the Frnech phrase Savoir-faire, although it doesn’t actually mean the same thing in French.
When you lack Savoir-faire and feel uncomfortable in unfamiliar situations, it can drain your confidence. You feel unsure of yourself and start to panic and feel self-conscious.
But when you know the rules, understand how to behave, know how to make polite conversation, can decipher which knife and fork to use, you’re completely at ease.
This in turn translates into confidence. When you feel this confidence in every social situation, you’re said to have Savoir-faire.
How the challenge works
General History of Etiquette
History of Dining Etiquette & its Evolution
How Different Cultures Eat
Table Manners vs Dining Etiquette.
Entertaining Clients & Dinner Conversation
Being a Perfect Host & Using No-Verbal Markers To Put Your Guest at Ease