10 Etiquette Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making

Apart from the physical good looks, it is the good manners or etiquette of a person which makes him or her appealing to other people. Most people are aware of their behavior whether dealing with their near and dear ones or with their colleagues in the office or with the general public or while confronting a particular situation. But there are times when people miss it out unknowingly and unintentionally. They fail to realize that his or her demeanor, which he or she thinks is quite natural, is not going down well with his or her friends, relatives, colleagues, acquaintances or other people.

Based on various circumstances and places we can categorize the etiquette mistakes we make unknowingly in the following ways:

Etiquette Mistakes during Conversation

1. Interrupting Someone

It’s not a proper etiquette to interrupt a person who is speaking and altering the topic of discussion abruptly according to one’s own need. Such kind of behavior on our part can completely embarrass the person we are speaking to. He or she will be rather conscious while conversing with you in the future and might not open up to you freely ever.

2. Suppressing other’s Opinion

If you have the habit of suppressing the opinion of other people for the sake of establishing your own opinion and make the conversation one-sided, then you should change your habit immediately. Because such kind of behavior from your end might lower the self-esteem of the person you are talking with and you might offend him. Definitely, the person will avoid you from next time.

3. Non Introduction of Companions

Attending an office party or an official tour along with our relatives and not introducing them at all to our colleagues therein, who are completely unknown to our relatives, might make both the sides feel awkward. Our companion might even feel left out. So to enjoy the occasion we need to introduce one another on the very first moment.

4. Being Inattentive During Conversation

Reading books or newspapers or checking phones frequently during a conversation can completely irritate the other person and he or she might leave you after some time realizing that you are indifferent to whatever he or she is saying.

5. Looking Somewhere Else While Conversing

This kind of improper behavior is very humiliating for the person you are talking to as he or she might feel unimportant. This type of behavior indicates that you are not interested in the person or his conversation and might lead to a negative impact on your personality.

Etiquette Mistakes In public Places

6. Talking loudly & emotionally in Public Places

Such kind of behavior of yours will not only disturb the people around you but will also make you an object of ridicule.

7. Resting Bag or Feet on Seats

If you have the habit of keeping your bag or feet on the seats of any public transport then you need to be careful from the next time and refrain yourself from doing it in future. This is an absolutely inconsiderate attitude and by doing so it indicates that you are an ill-mannered person. Other people might feel indignant and might lead to quarrel or unpleasant situations.

8. Greeting Somebody While Sitting

While you are in a restaurant having a cup of tea and you come across an acquaintance of yours, greeting him or her without standing and not even asking to join you is not an appropriate behavior at all.

9. Improper office Introduction

An office introduction is a very crucial thing and it has to be always done chronologically as per rank from the highest to the lowest. For example, the Boss is to be introduced at first and then the attendant at last.

10. Improper Table Manners

Table manners are also equally crucial and important. At the dinner table, the seats are to be taken from the left and the food is to be passed to the right. You should not rest your elbow on the way table and after the dinner is over, you should place your cutlery on the plate.

To conclude we should remember that having the right etiquette and proper attitude is extremely important as it portrays our personality.

27 thoughts on “10 Etiquette Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making”

  1. It is always good to follow etiquettes like eating etiquettes, speaking etiquettes and many more. It is considered very good to adhere to them as it gives a very strong and good first impression. While there are some tips for good manners and main rules of etiquette for every situation that everyone should follow. It’s never a bad thing to remind ourselves of some of these etiquettes, especially those we tend to break. This video contains some main etiquette mistakes that you should strictly avoid.

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  8. Hi I would like to add few more points here
    Never call your waiter by whistling or other weird noises
    When someone gives you their phone to see a picture, don’t swipe left or right without their permission.
    and last but not the least, “Cinemas are not hotels. Know the difference. ;)”

    • Hi Ajay
      I completely agree with your point that we have one basic subject called as Naitik Shiksha where we learned this in primary school but sometimes in “Race of Success”, we forgot all these things.


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