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Watch it, Teach it, Learn it

Watch it, Teach it, Learn it. That is what are children do everyday.  I read an article about cellphones behavior.  Cellphones have and are completely destroying us as a society.  We seem to not be able to ever put them down.  Many years ago,  we could turn it off or put it on vibrate for an appointment at the doctors, theater, food shopping, being with our children or family.  What happened? Blackberry has destroyed us and the IPhone has done us in.  Do you realize that we don’t look cool on our cellphones at lunch with a business associate or a friend?  Etiquette has gone right out the window.  Of course everyone knows to turn it off during important events, but how about the time in the car with you children or other members of your family.

If you’re not on call:  doctor, fireman, policeman, etc… Turn it off.  It can wait.  You don’t look important, you look rude.  Do you know a person is less productive for 20 minutes after an interruption from a cell phone call.  Today with our smart phones everyone knows you will have some type of stupid email-SPAM on it.  What is so important it can’t wait???

Our children are watching us so the next time you are at a school event or at the dinner table taking that call, you are teaching it.  “It” meaning the importance of that cell phone call over your child resulting in Learn it.  When your child is in school, at an event, driving, or out to dinner with someone the child has learned the poor behavior and bad manners.

Businesses have done studies showing that cell phone use has reduced productivity and are now limiting the hourly use.

Habits are hard to break, but try to break this habit.  Manners matter today like they did 100 years ago.  Basic courtesy still apply to every situation in our everyday life.  It’s common sense, use it even though we have the technology distractions.   Teaching your children today about proper life skills are imperative to a healthy society of tomorrow.

Filed under: Cellphone, Email, ETIQUETTE, Everyday Manners, Facebook, Texting

Is it OK to use EMAIL for an Event

Is it OK to use E-mail?

The first thing to remember about e-mail is that just because you can send an email, doesn’t mean you should. The more formal the communication, the less it is appropriate for email. A good “formality test” for email is this: if you would be comfortable extending the invitation over the phone, then e-mail is acceptable. E-mail is not the place for highly personal or delicate communications, which are best handled in a real-time conversation. Remember, too, that e-mails are not private. You should never put anything in an email that you are not willing to have the whole world read.

E-Mail No’s:

Bar/Bat Mitzvah invitations. You should always send each guest a printed invitation unless it is a highly unusual circumstance.

Thank you notes. You should send a handwritten note for each gift you receive. If you are behind, you can send an e-mail as a stop-gap measure to let the recipient know the gift has arrived and that you will be sending a formal note later.

When discussing personal or thorny issues. Email is not private and it is a difficult medium for working out compromise or resolving emotional conflicts. Better to use the phone or talk in person.

When the groundwork hasn’t been properly laid. While it is very

convenient to send out group e-mails about party related plans, make sure that

all the people involved are on the same page so you do not ruffle feathers or put a damper on the event

Filed under: Email, ETIQUETTE

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