Social Etiquette

  • Offering my seat to any person that may be elderly, disabled, pregnant, or may appear to not be in good health.
  • Avoid manspreading on public transportation. I didn’t understand it as a boy, but as I grew up it became clear, especially when there is nowhere to sit on a crowded bus.
  • When walking with someone that identifies as female, the man or boy should walk closer to the street. This rule is probably a bit out of date today.
  • Always hold the door for the person behind you.
  • Say thank you when someone does something nice for you. It’s the 2 words that I don’t hear enough, along with excuse me, and please.
  • Step outside when you receive an important call when you are in a place of business, such as a doctor’s office, a restaurant, etc. Unless it’s urgent, most calls can go to voicemail.
  • When someone is talking to you, try to look at them instead of at your mobile device.
  • Show kindness to others. A great example when standing in line and someone looks stressed, offer them to go in front of you. Often when shopping at the market, someone will have 2 or 3 items when I have a full basket. When you make the offer, it’s amazing how the person smiles and says thank you. They will never forget you.
  • During flu or cold season, try to remember to cough or sneeze in your elbow.
  • Pet owners — Clean up after your dog(s) so others won’t step in their business.
  • When attending an event, ascertain the details so that you can dress for the occasion.
  • Saying hello to people when I enter a room or if walking and someone is walking toward me, smile, nod, or say hello out of respect. I am so excited to learn how to properly say, G’day mate.
  • If seeing a film in a theatre or play, silence your mobile device before entering.
  • Learn to say you are sorry when you are wrong or walk on stage at an awards ceremony to slap someone while it’s being televised worldwide, remember to apologise to the person in a private meeting and not on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter because it means absolutely nothing at all.



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Mikael Wagner

Mikael Wagner


Mikael Wagner is a communications project manager with focus on health promotion, public relations , marketing and focus group facilitation.