Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Good Manners I

Becoming casual about good manners leads to a downward spiral of no manners. Soon you forget how to practice good manners of under the guise of "being casual," what you are really saying is "I am lazy." Every encounter makes lasting impression. Each impression only takes 3-5 seconds to make.
* Personal hygiene: Clean hair, teeth, skin, nails and hands.
* Good posture is as important as nice clothes, stand tall with confidence and poise.
* Do not wear overwhelming perfume.
* Wear jewelry appropriate for occasion.
* Have a pedicure if you wear open toed shoes.
* Clothes should be clean and pressed. Shoes should be polished.
* Respect other people's time.
* Never ask free advice.
* Criticise privately, not in a group.
* Do not gossip.
* Be on time.
* If you have to use the restroom, simply say, "Excuse me", nothing else.
* Return borrowed items promptly and in the same condition.
* Be loyal to your mate, family, friends, and place of employment.
* Clean up after yourself.
* Leave your cell phone home or off when you are out socially.
* Please and thank you are still in vogue.
* Dress appropriately so you are not a distraction. If in doubt, ask others what they are wearing.
* Be a courteous neighbor.
* If you are paid a compliment, simply say, "Thank you."
* Use your car horn only to avert disaster.
* Do not touch other people's children without getting permission.
* When making your way down a row of seats where other people are sitting, face them so they do not have to stare at your backside.
* Clean up after your pet.
* RSVP to all invitations, promptly, do not wait for a better offer. If it is a formal event, a written RSVP is correct, if it is casual a phone call is appropriate.
* Never put cell phones or contents of purse on a table you are dining at.
* No nail biting or filing, teeth picking, hair combing or putting on make-up at the table.
* Never bring uninvited guests.
* Never talk about being on a diet.
* Never wear white to a wedding unless you are the bride.
* Don't talk with food in your mouth.
* Don't slurp you soup or beverage.
* Chew with your mouth closed.
* Do not crunch your ice.
* Season your food with salt and pepper only after tasting.
* Learn how to use your flatware in a formal occasion. It is set on the table in the order in which it should be used, from the fork farthest from the plate. When you are finished, put your fork and knife together at an angle on the plate. Once a piece of flatware is used, it is not to touch the tablecloth again, balance it on a plate.
* If you have to leave your seat at a formal dinner, place your napkin on your chair seat, back of chair or arm of chair, not on the table.
To be continued....

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