Preserving Tradition, Embracing Change: The Top Etiquette Influencers of the 21st Century (And You Can Buy Their Books)
Etiquette, often seen as the social lubricant, enables smooth, respectful interactions within various contexts. In the rapidly changing landscape of the 21st century, etiquette remains an essential facet of personal and professional life. An array of influencers, some established, some newer to the scene, help navigate these often tricky waters of polite society. Here we highlight some of the 21st century's top etiquette influencers.
These influencers serve as a beacon, guiding us through an evolving social landscape while preserving the essence of respect and civility. Through their work, they remind us that while the specifics of etiquette might change, the underlying principles of kindness, consideration, and respect remain timeless.
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The paparazzi are constantly taking photos of the royals making their way down the stairs when going to a charity event or A-list evening. Have you ever observed how they keep cool, calm and collected while walking down? Here are some common tips to keep in mind:
Stand on the left. In many countries, the general rule is to walk on the staircase's left side. This allows for a smooth traffic flow and helps avoid collisions with people moving in the opposite direction.
Steady does it. Try to maintain a consistent walking pace when using the stairs, and avoid sudden stops or changes in direction, as this can create people bumping into each other.
Staircase blockage. Avoid stopping to talk to friends or slowly walking and having a video conversation whilst on the stairs. If you need to stop, move to the side, allowing others to pass without obstruction.
A stair at a time. When climbing or descending the stairs, it's best to take one step at a time and look towards the direction you need to go. This helps maintain balance and reduces the risk of tripping or accidents.
Pass on the left. If you need to pass someone on the stairs, do so on the right side. Give a friendly "excuse me" or nod as you pass to avoid startling the person.
Personal space. Respect other people's personal space when using the stairs. Avoid crowding too closely or pushing past. Maintain a comfortable ‘social’ distance to ensure everyone feels at ease.
Top Tip >> Hold the handrail: If the stairs have handrails, use them as a guide rather than gripping them for dear life. Watch how Her Majesty The Late Queen Elizabeth II walked down the stairs with elegance and grace >> Note how the Queen balances herself with her hands!
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Have you ever faced the dinner table's most feared nemesis – the daunting, often befuddling, and strangely origami-like dinner napkin? You're not alone. This seemingly harmless square of fabric, found slumbering peacefully on your plate, can cause surprising distress. Do you wear it as a cape, tuck it into your shirt like a bib, or wave it like a surrender flag when you're too full? Just remember, it's not a tissue, a handkerchief, or a magic carpet for food crumbs. Handle with care! Napkin etiquette is the proper use and handling of napkins during meals. Here are some common and elegant guidelines:
Top Tip >> These tips may vary depending on the cultural context and the formality of the occasion. It's always a good idea to observe and follow the lead of your host or the people around you when it comes to using your napkin at the table.
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