A right impression is half the battle won.
What is etiquette? Etiquette is a term that refers to the conventions and norms of social behavior. They have accepted codes of conduct with respect to interpersonal communication. Some example forms of etiquette with respect to communicating with others might include:
- Looking into someone’s eyes as you talk with them
- Not interrupting someone as they speak
- Avoiding negative expressions and feelings, such as swearing or an angry tone
- Not picking your nose as someone talks to you
- Showing up on time to a meeting or a date
- Being polite. For example, saying please and thank you as necessary
- Shaking one’s hand when meeting them or saying goodbye
There are plenty of other examples. But the importance of such interpersonal social norms cannot be overstated. That’s because social conventions such as these help us show that we care for the person we are communicating with as well as their thoughts, feelings, and words.
If it’s hard to understand why this is important, then think of the opposite scenario, where no manners and codes of conduct such as these are apparent. What would we do then? Insult people left and right? Burp and fart around the dinner table without a care in the world? That wouldn’t make for a very pleasant experience for anyone.
So, etiquette exists to, in many ways, maintain proper social order and respect when there is no reason to do otherwise.