Is Protocol Important in Cleveland?
It’s an odd question because at first you think the answer would be “of course”! Then you think “well maybe” but… Where are people using proper protocol? Who is using proper manners? Who’s teaching etiquette and to whom? Does it really matter if others are not using any manners? Are manners becoming a thing of the past? Does it really matter if we use good manners in restaurants and in people’s homes if others are not? Is it really important that we hold a door open for someone or put a napkin on our lap? Does anyone take the time to care about being polite when they are in a hurry to get somewhere? Does it really matter or make a difference? Absolutely!
It is easier to shine in a jar full of dull pennies! What this means is that it is much easier to look polished when others are not. Sitting across from someone who is not using good table manners does not give you a pass on using the skills. In fact, when individuals who are not practicing good social skills surround us, it is an excellent opportunity to look very good with very little effort.
If given the choice, I would prefer to be viewed as poised and polished rather than tattered and tacky. It may sound a bit harsh and perhaps affected, but the fact is that perception is reality! The person who takes the time to care about how he or she is viewed and perceived will always look better than the person who doesn’t!