The Modern Etiquette Rules Every Career Girl Should Know

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Let’s face it, manners make you fabulous. In the 21st century, it’s more than manners that make the woman, you need to know those etiquette rules. We’re not talking about which fork you should start with (although that is good knowledge to have) but the truth is, technology has made us a little ruder. Here are some of the rules you need to know!

Put the phone away!

Far away…in a bag … leave it at home, I think you get it.

Honestly, my horns are truly exposed when someone finds the bright lights from their phone more interesting than me. Remember there is more to living life than posting about it.

Responding to someone’s email that you will respond

Have you ever sent an email saying “I’ll get back to you about this by the end of the day”? Well, that is not actually responding. It’s better to just send the intended email and cut out the fluff.

Sending an email at the last second 

AAAH! You forgot to send that email, may as well send it at 6 as you’re leaving the office right? No. This is exactly what Boomerang is for, schedule it to send early the next morning with your profuse apologies – putting it off until the last minute means it’s going to land in their inbox late and then they’ll have to deal with it then.

Texting someone that you’re going to be late

Is it me or does it seem easier to text someone you are going to be late than it does to make the effort to be on time? Yeah, try to be on time. If you’re going to be late or not showing up don’t rely on text unless you have to, a call is always better.

Classic etiquette rules still apply

Recently, I was at dinner with friends when an acquaintance (of a friend) thought to ask, “so how old is everyone?”. Some classic etiquette rules still apply … and asking this is still not on. Ever!

Don’t say yes when you mean no

Like Justin Bieber said, “When you nod your head yes but you want to say no,” you’re only causing problems for everyone else. With the ease of the online RSVP buttons, we tend to click Yes when we should say No.

So let’s not be rude, if you RSVP, be sure to show or take a quick moment to change the attendance status if you know you can’t. Because costing the host money and resources is not cool.

If you invite someone, lunch is on you

According to etiquette rules, if you invite a business partner or co-worker to lunch or dinner (“I would like to invite you…”) then dinner is on you.

Semantics is key in this situation so be sure to say, “Let’s meet or go to …”. Now I can stop fiddling with my wallet when the check comes but I am guessing this rule may need to go viral.


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  1. Ha! I never thought about the sending the email as you leave the office, usually when I receive an email no matter the time I respond, I never thought about the pressure they may feel to respond too!

  2. 100% agree with all of these, I hate it so much when someone replies to an email saying they’ll reply later! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

  3. Putting away your phone is soo important! You tend to miss out on so much when you’re too busy capturing moments instead of actually enjoying them! Amazing post!

  4. Lateness is one of my biggest pet peeves, it’s the worst waiting for someone to turn up/

  5. Yes to so many of these, but especially #1 and #2. Can’t tell you how annoying it is to get a partial email that ends with “Will write more later.”

  6. If you invite someone, lunch is on you. Not everyone gets this!
    Great post!

  7. Yes! I love all of these! I thought I was so old school by preaching these rules to everyone I ever interact with but glad to know someone else still cares :)

  8. The age thing is spot on. I don’t understand why a lot of people are so quick to ask/or care how old someone is. It just seems so irrelevant, somehow.

  9. Totally agree with all of these – it’s especially true that classic etiquette rules are still important, no matter how many other things in life might have changed since.

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