While researching 10 business social media good manners, I found this article, 16 Forgotten Manners Every Parent Should Teach Their Child. I recommend sharing the article with your children, and if you use social media in business, share it with your team. Here are a few points from the article that you can use with kids and on a business’s social media.

10 Business Social Media Good Manners

Respect other people

Don’t belittle or laugh at others in public, which includes social media networks, unless you want to lose prospects and be known as negative. If you could offer suggestions for improvement and genuinely want to help, do it privately. 

Be helpful to others

I’ve said this many times, but social media is attraction, not promotion. It feels good to help others and is also one of the best ways to attract potential partners and customers.

Say good morning and good afternoon

Pretty simple. But it can set a tone, especially when sent to an individual.

Say please, and thank you

I don’t believe we do this enough in business or on social media. Do you disagree with me? Try this: a “please and thank you project.” Take one day and say the “magic words” at every opportunity, whether in-person, on social media, by email, or in any correspondence, then let me know if you say “please” and “thank you” more than usual.

Be polite

Once again, being rude or inconsiderate towards others is a great way to lose customers.

Don’t use foul language. It may be offensive to others

I recently DM’d a friend thanking them for the hilarious link they RT’d, which was not PG-rated. I did not RT it. I’m not a prude. I’m in business, and it could negatively affect my business. You might dispute me with, “Today, most people aren’t offended by harsh language; it’s part of our culture.” This may be true, but no one is offended by polite language, so why take the chance?

Have fun, but don’t be so loud you attract the wrong kind of attention

Honestly, this is a tough one for me. I like to have fun, and I like to talk about beer. A co-worker says I’m really a 13-year-old boy. Just be careful, and don’t over-do it.

Don’t make fun of anyone – everyone has feelings

This can be difficult. It’s easy to poke fun at someone’s expense, and sometimes, it’s funny, but it can be hurtful. Has this happened to you? Don’t misunderstand me; we all poke fun at our friends. However, we should always stop and consider before hitting send. 

Use good manners so you don’t embarrass anyone

Another sure way to lose friends and customers is to embarrass them. I know because without thinking, I’ve done this and then wished for a do-over. Think first, act second. There are no do-overs.

Introduce new friends to people you are with

If you want to make friends, help others, and gain new clients, introduce people.

Trust me, I’m not throwing stones. I need these reminders as much as anyone, maybe more. Is there anyone who DOESN’T believe these manners are worth teaching our children? Is there anyone who hasn’t occasionally NOT followed them? I might print a copy and hang it over my keyboard.

This post was originally published in 2012, 10 GOOD MANNERS FOR KIDS AND BUSINESSES ON SOCIAL MEDIA. I think it’s held up well. 

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