Often we hear comments about how "etiquette is only for stuck up people" or "etiquette does not apply to me" or "etiquette does not belong in the schools".
The American School of Protocol has fought to be approved on applications, grants and contracts all based on the bias that surrounds the word "etiquette". When did the interpretation of this word become so misunderstood?
The goal at ASP is to move forward with a new face of what etiquette really means in our daily lives.
Our plan is to Change the Stigma! If we have to call it soft skills, character traits or life skills, so be it!
To learn more about how you can help Change the Stigma read on . . .
An ASP graduate received the following e-mail:
[simple_box]"Your presentation yesterday exceeded my expectations, and I now have a newfound appreciation for etiquette. Your definition for etiquette was a game-changer for me ("etiquette is making others feel comfortable"). Thank you for dispelling notions that etiquette is simply class-based. I think most (including me) have that false thought in our heads. To be frank, I was a bit hesitant about the presentation. I worried a presentation about etiquette might encourage a traditional or submissive role for women."[/simple_box]
Many people think of "etiquette" associated with formal parties with white gloves and ladies and men dressed up. The truth though is that etiquette is involved in our everyday lives. We have the ability to produce calm or chaos.
Merriam Webster defines etiquette as, "the rules indicating the proper and polite way to behave."
These rules allow us to deal more respectfully and effectively in our personal and professional relationships. Etiquette encompasses all of our actions from helping someone who has slipped and fallen down to knowing which fork and knife to use.
Etiquette has evolved over the years as times change. Some things that were considered proper 60 years ago (such as a man removing his hat upon entering a building) is outdated. Today, hats worn are baseball caps and some people don't know that it is a sign of disrespect to not remove them when the national anthem is played.
The term "Etiquette" has gained more backlash and disregard overtime, but when you know how to behave and what is expected of you, it gives you confidence.
Etiquette is about knowing how to put others at ease. The core of etiquette is courtesy. Be considerate of others. It really is that simple.
Join us! Take a stand and Change the Stigma. Here are some important things you can do:
1. Know the Facts
Start first with education and knowing the facts that etiquette is diverse.
If someone speaks negatively about etiquette, take it upon yourself to correct them and let them know the real meaning of the word and how it applies to everyone. Showing people reality is the only way to change someone's perception.
2. Be the Example
In order to be taken seriously, you need to make sure that your actions and words are those of positivity and are an example for others to follow. Please practice what you preach.
3. Power in Numbers
While change can be brought about by one person, there is much more power in numbers. Ask your friends and allies to help spread the word and define what etiquette really means.
4. Include Everyone
The beauty of etiquette is that it includes everyone. No one is discriminated or excluded.
Etiquette applies to every person of all ages and demographics. We live in a world that has progressively become more violent and sad. Change must happen!
Etiquette not only strengthens an individual, it shapes a community. Be a part of helping your community by your words and actions. Be kinder and create a more thoughtful place to live. Educate yourself before others - Change the Stigma.
Please, say you will join us!
Click Here to tell us what you think about our goal to Change the Stigma.