etiquette Making the
DOWNTON DOES IT RIGHT: Downton Abbey is the smash hit BBC
TV drama of British aristocracy set approximately 100 years before
today. Full of proper etiquettes, the show often teaches viewers some
simple etiquette practices most of us have long since forgotten.
There’s a different way to handle
every interaction with new people,
but you’ll steal the show each time
if you’re conﬁdent and act like
you’ve been there, done that
NOTE OF IMPORTANCE:
Introduce the most important person first.
Yes, that sounds a bit snobby! But, that is how it
works. The rule is: The less important person is in-
troduced to the more important person. Yikes! How
do you differentiate the two? Sometimes it is easy
and other times it is hard to know exactly what to do.
Sometimes you may forget or make a mistake. If you
do, just smile and be polite.
ave you ever been lost for words or choked with nerv-
ousness when asked to give an introduction or toast
during a social gathering? I think all of us at some
point have experienced uneasiness when asked unex-
pectedly to introduce ourselves to strangers or to say a
few meaningful words during a special occasion in front of a group
of people. There’s no need to fret, though. With these important
tips that follow and some practice on your part, there’s no reason
why you can’t score big at your next social gathering.
H MAKING YOUR PRESENCE KNOWN
Introductions are important because your ﬁrst impression can
make a lasting one. When you enter a party or gathering, ﬁnd the
host ﬁrst and make your presence known by greeting with enthu-
siasm. The host will introduce you to people that have arrived prior
to you. If you are the ﬁrst to arrive, relax and be prepared to greet
the next person to arrive.
As you are mingling and meeting others, don’t forget to state
your ﬁrst and last name. Look the person directly in the eye and
speak loud enough to be heard and clear enough to be understood.
How many times has someone told you their name and seconds
later you couldn’t remember it? This usually happens because we
are so focused on saying our name or thinking about what we want
to say next that we don’t concentrate on the person’s name when
they tell us.
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