Essential Etiquette Tips for Addressing People

As you start to practice greetings, make sure you understand some basic etiquette tips. These apply for any setting where you need to address people.

When in doubt, use formal language. If you’re unsure whether to use a formal or informal greeting, it’s best to stick to the formal. This is polite and will be less offensive than using an informal greeting to address someone older than you or an authority figure.

Learn cultural differences. The standards for addressing people change depending on where you are. Spend some time learning what’s appropriate in the area you live or are visiting.
For example, the American South uses formal terms even when addressing friends and family if they’re older. Southern people also incorporate “sir” and “ma’am” into greetings more often than in other parts of the country.

Eye contact and handshakes. When you first meet someone, it’s polite to make eye contact, offer a handshake (especially if it’s two men) and address the person with a formal greeting.

Addressing People in the Office 🧑🏻‍💻👩🏻‍💻

When you’re in a professional situation, it’s best to use formal greetings.

Keep in mind that certain professions have their own titles. When addressing a doctor or professor, for example, you should use these terms even if they’re your colleagues.

 As you get to know your coworkers, you might start to use informal terms or even a nickname if you become close friends. However, you should always use formal phrases with your superiors and clients as a sign of respect.

5 Important Greetings to Know :

Mr. + Last Name — Use this formal greeting for males. For example: “Good morning, Mr. Clark!”

Mrs. + Last Name — Traditionally, this is the formal greeting for married or widowed women.

For example: “How are you, Mrs. Smith?”

Miss + Last Name/First Name — A formal greeting used for an unmarried female.

For example: “Hello, Miss Young!” or “Hello, Miss Nancy!”

Doctor + Last Name — Use this greeting if you’re addressing a medical doctor or someone who holds a Ph.D. (the highest level of education).

For example: “See you tomorrow, Dr. Jones!”

Professor + Last Name — In a university setting, most professors are greeting with this term instead of Mrs., Miss or Mr.

For example: “I have a class with Professor Williams today.”

There you have it guys, 5 greetings to use when addressing people in a more professional setting.

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