Rules of Considerate Conduct

  1. Pay Attention
  2. Acknowledge Others
  3. Think the Best
  4. Listen
  5. Be Inclusive
  6. Speak Kindly
  7. Don’t Speak Ill
  8. Accept and Give Praise
  9. Respect Even a Subtle “No”
  10. Respect Others’ Opinion
  11. Mind Your Body
  12. Be Agreeable
  13. Keep It Down (know silence)
  14. Respect Other People’s Time
  15. Respect Other People’s Space
  16. Apologize Earnestly
  17. Assert Yourself
  18. Avoid Personal Questions
  19. Care for your Guest
  20. Be a Considerate Guest
  21. Think Twice Before Asking For Favors
  22. Refrain From Idle Complaints
  23. Accept and Give Constructive Criticism
  24. Respect the Environment and Be Gentle to Animals
  25. Don’t Shift Responsibility and Blame

*Source:  Choosing Civility – The Twenty Five Rules of Considerate Conduct by P. M. Forni, (2002 St. Martin’s Griffin) Dr. Forni is a professor of Italian Literature at Johns Hopkins University and co-founder of the Johns Hopkins Civility Project

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