Embracing Etiquette with Teresa continued... see introduction post (1-29-10). Lesson 9 – The greeting.
Spoken, gestured, or both. It is proper to address with a hello, hi, hey (in some regions) and the person’s name. While young people have their own lingo, THEY MUST PROPERLY ADDRESS those outside of their circles with the traditional greeting.
Always speak to everyone. Do not forget the salespeople, repair people, cashiers, waiters/waitresses, hotel employees, and anyone else you should run into.
Never avoid a greeting because you are in a hurry. If you are in a hurry, just say hello and explain that you are late for an appointment or in a rush.
There are times when a wave or smile in public places such as the theater or restaurant are appropriate, and other times when a greeting should be held until later in the visit if it indicates lack of interest in a speaker or performance.
In the next post we will discuss formal meetings.
See you soon,
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