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31 Days of May: Makes as Impact with Global Civility Awareness

By Cindy Ann Peterson
VP Communications Image Impact International
Co-Author of The Power of Civility

May 2017 is Image Impact International’s 5th year as the global sponsor for Global Civility Awareness Month, which is featured annually in Chase’s Calendar of Events. In a world where toxic vitriol has become the norm, it is a good time to consider breaking with that norm by striving to hold the world to a higher standard of behavior.

The idea of common courtesy appears to be on a consistent decline. And it is not only the general lack of respect for others but also a lack of communication skills that are partly to blame for this decline.

What is civility?

“Civility’s defining characteristic is its ties to city and society. The word is defined from the Latin civitas, which means city and society especially in the sense of civic community,” says author P. M. Forni in his book Choosing Civility: The Twenty Five Rules of Considerate Conduct, published by St. Martin Griffin in 2002.

Today, there is an absence of communication skills both at work and in our personal lives. The value proposition in Image Impact International’s May Global Civility Awareness Month is to not only raise awareness of civil behavior but also encourage society to make a conscious and permanent change in how they communicate both professionally and personally. Improved communication skills and civil behavior not only improves collaboration but also improves productivity, physical health and mental health.

Technology is not going away. We are more “connected” to others than at any other time in history. Yet, with this connectedness, we appear to be getting worse and worse at communicating in a civil manner with our fellow human beings.

Image Impact International seeks to influence the decline of civility through positive messaging over 31 days of civility messages. As a global voice for May Global Civility Awareness, we seek to have a positive impact on incivility, an affliction that affects us all. And we seek to make this impact early with first generation college students entering the workforce.

These messages are intended to encourage people to engage in discussions about the fundamental values of behavior in civil society. Based upon the science of why we behave the way we do, Charles Duhigg, the author of The Power of Habit, Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business indicates that it takes at least 21 days to solidify change in our lives. The outcome to be achieved is to recognize the power of civility and its ability to transform lives and behavior.

The first civility quote, “Civility Begins with Me,” sets the stage and appropriately addresses where civility must begin. For without civil behavior beginning with self, it would hardly make the case that others should be civil. The message sets the cornerstone for civility in both thought and deed.

Let’s build a dialogue of understanding. Civility is needed now more than ever. On our tiny planet we need to work better towards how we work with each other. Civility means we can agree to disagree, but we need respect each other’s opinions and respond in a respectful manner.

Get involved, and share your civility with everyone you come across.

www.imageimpact.org

#CivilityQuotes #share #makeanimpact #31daysofCivility

Share, care and make aware. Share your Civility voice in May and everyday.

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Civility begins with You and Me. - Image Impact International
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Together with Civility, we can reach new places.
- Image Impact International
May is Global Civility Awareness Month. Make a Civiity Impact.
Global Sponsor of May Global Civility Awareness Month featured in Chase's Calendar of Events. Make the World a better place, begin each day in May with Civility. We need it now, more than ever. Thanks for sharing good news.
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With liberty and justice... and Civility for all. Civility connects us and respects our differences.
- Image Impact International
May is Global Civility Awareness Month. Make a Civiity Impact.
Global Sponsor of May Global Civility Awareness Month featured in Chase's Calendar of Events. Make the World a better place, begin each day in May with Civility. We need it now, more than ever. Thanks for sharing good news.
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Civility... is all you need. Civility connects us and respects our differences.
- Image Impact International
May is Global Civility Awareness Month. Make a Civiity Impact.
Global Sponsor of May Global Civility Awareness Month featured in Chase's Calendar of Events. Make the World a better place, begin each day in May with Civility. We need it now, more than ever. Thanks for sharing good news.
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When your guard is down, true character is revealed. Practice Civility.
- Image Impact International
May is Global Civility Awareness Month. Make a Civiity Impact.
Global Sponsor of May Global Civility Awareness Month featured in Chase's Calendar of Events. Make the World a better place, begin each day in May with Civility. We need it now, more than ever. Thanks for sharing good news.
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Civility can help you reach your long range goals. - Image Impact International
May is Global Civility Awareness Month. Make a Civiity Impact.
Global Sponsor of May Global Civility Awareness Month featured in Chase's Calendar of Events. Make the World a better place, begin each day in May with Civility. We need it now, more than ever. Thanks for sharing good news.
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Let's talk about Civiity.
- Image Impact International
May is Global Civility Awareness Month. Make a Civiity Impact.
Global Sponsor of May Global Civility Awareness Month featured in Chase's Calendar of Events. Make the World a better place, begin each day in May with Civility. We need it now, more than ever. Thanks for sharing good news.
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