Evolution is a good thing, most of the time, but some social graces are worth giving another spin. Here are a few we still find relevant even if they’re not common.
- Handwritten notes. No, not the digital kind with the handwriting font. We’re talking about the pen-and-paper system with bonus points if you use a stamp. They show the recipient you took the time and effort to say thank you, hello or thinking of you.
- The telephone call. That device you use to book über, take selfies and swipe right also calls people! You don’t need to have a marathon convo to do a quick catch up with a friend. It lets you dig a little deeper into what’s really going on with and you’ll feel amazing just hearing their voice.
- RSVP (and meaning it). All those friends, all those invites. Who has time to RSVP, let alone keep the plans we make? Um, we do? Seems like the trend lately is to not respond to invites or respond then flake out on keeping plans. We all for the old-school way. Steps are simple: Get invite. Respond yes or no. Respond yes, attend on time and with the number of guests you requested. Boom.
- Exit’ers before enter’ers. You’ve seen this a million times. You’re trying to leave an elevator or [insert doorway here] and the crowd entering creates a human logjam. General rule? People exiting have the right of way.
- Introductions. They’re kind and respectful, especially if you’re the odd (wo)man out at a party or business function. Paying it forward is good karma for the next time you fly solo to a gathering.