No time to ponder Emily Post? These three quick etiquette lessons should keep you from making major gaffes:
1. In the social world, age and gender are still the primary factors that influence etiquette, but in the business world, they're not. On Planet Biz, everything depends on deference to the pecking order.
2. Leave etiquette instruction to the professionals. If you're not being paid to tell someone he or she is ill-mannered, it's considered rude to correct or comment on his or her behavior.
3. Even if you're not always sure about your manners, you'll probably be OK if you remember this basic guideline: Etiquette is based on self-respect and respect for others.
Elizabeth Millard (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a freelance writer who only recently discovered which one is the salad fork.
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