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Politesse – Etiquette Tips By Sherry Gordon-Harris

Greetings, Traveler Weekly Readers!

I’m Sherry Gordon-Harris, Certified Etiquette Consultant, owner and instructor of Royal Purpose School of Etiquette. Our purpose is to assist with the Total Refinement of You, including children and adults, by offering classes and workshops on Etiquette and Proper Manners.

As we learned in the last article, Etiquette is the customary code of polite behavior in society or among members of a particular profession or group. Manners are a person’s outward bearing or way of behaving toward others. It’s a way in which a thing is done or happens. In general, Etiquette is simply respecting others and not causing an offense to others.

Greeting business partners and associates is a common practice. The greeting style can vary based on different cultures. For example, in Japan, both handshaking and bowing are accepted forms of greeting in international business circles. In Islamic countries, cheek kissing is a common greeting. In Western countries, handshaking is usually an acceptable form of greeting. And depending on the culture, a hug might even be an acceptable greeting.

Since early in the pandemic, the CDC advised against handshakes. Even with proper handwashing and hand sanitizing, shaking hands was not considered safe then.

So how can proper business greeting Etiquette be observed? It was advised to use alternative non-contact greeting techniques. Friendly eye contact can be continued, of course. One of the alternative non-contact greetings is elbow bumps. Some others have done air hugs or air cheek kisses from a safe social distance.

Conventional greetings may not always be possible or welcomed. It’s best to check with the other person to see what is acceptable to them before initiating any physical contact greetings. Considering everyone’s safety is a priority.

It has been my pleasure sharing this Etiquette tip with the Traveler Weekly Readers. There’s more to come. Well wishes to you and your family. I encourage everyone to “Live your life with Purpose in a Royal Manner.”

So whether you, your family, or group want to learn Etiquette for the first time or just want to brush up on your skills, consider enrolling in a scheduled class or book a private class with Royal Purpose School of Etiquette LLC. We can help with the Total Refinement of You. Contact Sherry Gordon-Harris at (309) 585-6145 or e-mail or visit Thank you.