Life’s a stage, and actors aren’t the only performers. Each of us has a part to play, whether as a professional, a family member, or a friend. Regardless of the role, our performance is always enhanced by good manners. Far from empty formalities, manners translate to common courtesy, simply showing small kindnesses to other human beings. Embrace good manners! They’re important and needn’t be scary or stuffy; and they certainly won’t feel that way once you’ve mastered them. People often get uptight when they hear the word “etiquette” because it means rules, or they may be fearful of being judged, but the goal here is not perfection. It’s to make you feel at ease in any situation, and in turn, you’ll be putting others at ease. As the most valuable business tool you can posses, good manners are a solid investment.
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