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Not everyone has the opportunity to learn proper etiquette during childhood, but that shouldn't stop anyone from behaving in an acceptable manner. Between the articles here at Etiquette.About.com and books in the etiquette section of your library or bookstore, you should be able to find whatever you're looking for.

Since it might take some time to go through all the different scenarios, I thought it would be a good idea to come up with a list of things you can do to fake your way through good manners.

Most of them will work for everyone. Read them and practice before you go out in public again. If you follow these guidelines, people will think you just stepped out of charm school.

Here are 10 tips to make others think you know all the etiquette rules:

Never show up at a party empty-handed.
When you go to a dinner party, cocktail party, or any other celebration, have a gift for the host. Make sure it's appropriate for the situation.

Don't try to be funny at anyone else's expense.
If you are even tempted to poke fun of someone just to make others laugh, step away until the feeling fades. Saying something that may embarrass someone else or cause hurt feelings is never polite.

Know which glass is yours and which flatware to use.
When you go to a dinner party, remember that in most cases, you'll start with the flatware farthest from the plate and work your way inward. Your beverages will be to the upper right of the plate, and your bread will be on the upper left.

Follow the host.
If you aren't sure which fork to use or how to act when you are in a group, turn to the host or person in charge and follow her lead.

Be helpful.
If you see someone struggling with packages, offer your assistance. This may mean opening a door or helping to carry bags to someone's car.

Always RSVP.
In case you don't know, RSVP means that you need to respond to an invitation to let the host know whether or not you can make it. Do this as early ass possible so she can make plans. Even if the invitation doesn't request a response, it's still a good idea to send one or call.

Show gratitude graciously.
When someone gives you something, say, "Thank you," even if you don't like the gift. If you receive a compliment, say, "Thank you," even if you don't agree. If someone holds a door for you, say, "Thank you," even if you're capable of opening the door. Those two simple words can take you a long way in life. Not saying them can make you look like an ungrateful jerk.

Listen to others.
People who do all the talking are often perceived as rude and self-centered. Spend more time listening than talking, and people will think you are not only a nice person they're likely to think you're smart. Being a good conversationalist involves taking the focus off of yourself and helping make the other person feel good about herself. Don't forget to put your cell phone in your pocket during your conversation. Texting while someone is speaking to you is rude.

Know when to leave.
Whether you are at a party or just having coffee with someone, be careful not to wear out your welcome. At the first sign of the party being over or the host showing signs that she has something to do, thank her and leave.

Send a thank you note.
If you are unsure of whether or not a thank you note is appropriate, send one. No one will think you're rude if you thank him if it's unnecessary. However, if you don't thank him, he may consider you ungrateful and leave your name off the next party invitation list.
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