The power of good manners is not to be underestimated. In a world where everyone is racing against time, taking a few minutes out to extend some courtesy goes a long way. Championing the cause of good manners and etiquette is grooming expert Rukshana Eisa who shows how good manners come in handy in everyday life. In our exclusive four-part series, Eisa takes you through the code of conduct that you should be following in your professional, social and romantic life.
In the 3rd part of our series, Rukshana Eisa talks us through how we can be better travelers by extending some courtesy while travelling. Whether you’re travelling for work or pleasure, here’s what you need to keep in mind.
On a flight
If you are at an airport, always respect a queue! If you see people lined up, please join the queue and wait your turn instead of trying to find ways to skip it. Be patient with your fellow passengers while trying to find your seat on the flight. Help people specially the elderly or children to put their bags in the overhead luggage storage. While being seated, be mindful of the limited space around you and act accordingly. If required, get up to let people pass in and out of their seats more comfortably. Do not talk so loudly that you include all your fellow passengers in the conversation. If you’re listening to music or watching a movie on a mobile device, use your headphones. The whole exercise of flying can be a tedious and uncomfortable so try to be more empathetic towards the staff as well as your fellow passengers to make it a more enjoyable experience for everybody.
If you’re on a business trip in an unfamiliar country
Do a little bit of research on your destination before you get there. Cultural differences play a huge role in how you interact with people so, be well informed about the same. Knowledge is empowering in these situations so, do your homework beforehand. Acquaint yourself with some of their customs and do’s and don’ts and the rest should fall in place. The point here is to make the effort to be aware.
Language can be a more difficult barrier to break but for that you can use a small translation handbook or even a phone app. Try to pick up one or two words like ‘hello’ or ‘excuse me’ which would be enough to break the ice. All the information you need today is available online, so being totally clueless is an excuse that would not hold up!
Rukshana Eisa is the founder and Managing Director of Image Inc, the Grooming and Etiquette school and author of THE GOLDEN CODE: Mastering The Art Of Social Success. She has been one of the official grooming and etiquette instructors at the Miss India training program for over a decade and worked with brand like IL&FS, Citibank, JP Morgan Chase, KPMG, Star TV, ITC group of hotels and L’Oreal among others.
Watch out for the fourth and last part of this series to know how to tackle different kinds of social situations.