Do you stand when a lady enters the room?
Does the modern gentleman still stand for a lady when she enters the room? It is a custom that is seldom followed these days, but some gentlemen do still do it. I can see why it is not widely adopted, if you get it wrong it can be uncomfortable for all involved. To save any awkward moments and follow The Mitchelli’s top tips for this most gentlemanly of etiquettes and you will never be caught out again.
Although standing when a lady enters a room sounds very formal, it really isn’t that stuffy. When greeting someone it is so much easier to do so when you are both at the same eye level. Think of it this way, if a good friend came up to you, you wouldn’t try and shake hands from a seated position – it would be too awkward, you would get up and greet your friend properly.
If you apply this logic to when a lady enters the room, you stand to greet her. If done in a relaxed manner as a way of acknowledgement, it can be a great way of both building rapport and giving the lady in question an ice breaker in, what could be an awkward social setting for the lady too (depending how formal the occasion). Point of note: – Because you only greet someone once per occasion, you don’t need to be up and down like a yo-yo, just when she enters the room for the first time, or joins your table. You do not need to jump up and down every time a lady goes to the rest room!
With this in mind you can see standing for a lady is not the stuffy formal affair it is sometimes made out to be, it is good manners and just happens to be a practical use of common sense.
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