Common courtesy is still relevant in today’s age of the fast and furious. Kind gestures and sincere conversations still mean a great deal to people in their everyday life. The people who practice common courtesies are those who really stand out and make a difference.
Think about your own personality for a moment. Do you do nice things for other people and treat them respectfully? If so, there is your #1 common courtesy! Let take a look at ten others.
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Top ten common courtesies that make people stand out
- Saying please and thank you. These are three simple words that will always make you look good. When interviewing for a job, if you use these words and the other candidate doesn’t, I would bet serious money you will get the spot. It can make that much of a difference!
- Thank you notes. Following the story of interviewing, thank you notes can also help seal the job if you send out a thank you note and the others don’t. These polite gestures really go a long way.
- A firm handshake. Promises used to be made and sealed with a good firm handshake. While those days are long gone, there is still a genuine bond when a handshake is offered.
- Offer a hand, not a hand gesture. If someone is moving slowly, we have a tendency to get impatient. Instead of getting aggravated, take a deep breath and offer a helping hand to the person.
- Be genuine. People with fake smiles and insincere attitudes are not likely to be remembered when it truly counts.
- Keep people informed. It could be updates on a project or how Spot is doing at the vet, if people know about a situation in your life, keep them in the loop. If they cared enough to ask, be kind enough to share.
- Be a good listener. Listening skills have taken a hard hit in our fast passed world. We are always on the go and want quick details. Even in social media, Twitter is the king of fast and to the point communications. So when it’s time to sit down and truly listen, we struggle. A person with good listening skills is a rare and valuable asset these days.
- Hold and bite your tongue. Gossip happens, no surprise there; however when it starts to spread like a wildfire, be the one to stay out of the loop for one very solid reason: the news is not yours to share. Unless the gossip is about yourself or you have been authorized by the person of interest to share, this is not your story to tell.
- Remember that it’s not always about you. There always seems to be one in the workplace, family or circle of friends; that one person who loves to be in the center of attention. While the spotlight is fun from time to time, if one person stays there for too long they tend to lose their shine. Unfortunately, at that point the attention seeker begins to try a little too hard and it can be painful to watch. If you work hard, you will be recognized. If you work hard to get recognized, your hard work was completed in vain.
- Smile and say good morning. Two easy ways to make someone else smile.
What common courtesies do you practice each day? Do you even realize you are courteous? Let’s see how many additional courtesies we can add to this list. In the comments, tell us about a common courtesy that either you or someone else practices that really makes a difference.