Essential Manners for Men: What to Do, When to Do It, and Why

Essential Manners for Men: What to Do, When to Do It, and Why

Peter Post

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 0060539801

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Essential Manners for Men helps men make the right decisions about what to do and say in every situation that counts. Peter Post, great-grandson of Emily Post, distills the essential information men need for all the important roles they play in life.

Organized into three parts -- "Daily Life," "Social Life," and "On the Job" -- Essential Manners for Men resolves situations that can stump even the savviest. Peter Post's advice is sharp-witted and sensible, with tips, boxes, and candid anecdotes about his own etiquette blunders. Topics include:

  • The most important behaviors to avoid and emulate at the gym, at work, on the golf course, at home, out with friends, at a business social event, and a child's ball game

  • Tipping, driver's "ed-iquette," introductions, sportsmanship, and parenting
  • Successfully sharing living spaces with a roommate, significant other, or spouse -- from the toilet seat to the remote control to the kitchen sink
  • How to throw a great party or be the perfect guest
  • How to successfully navigate the business dinner
  • Things men do wrong that make women wince, and things men do right that women love
  • The five-step process to resolve any situation where there is no etiquette "rule"
  • Short and shoot-from-the-hip honest, Essential Manners for Men is a book no man can afford to be without.














    voice mail pick up the message. If you feel you must answer the phone, excuse yourself, answer, and tell the caller that you’ll ring them back later. Then end the conversation. Be sure to call back as soon as you can. VOLUME CONTROL People in the waiting areas of airports have heard it; train, bus, and plane passengers know it even better; and for office colleagues in adjoining cubicles, it’s a painful fact of daily life. I’m talking about telephone voice. You know the voice I mean—that

    tab from the bill before figuring the tip. Musicians There are usually two kinds of musicians in restaurants—those who play in the background and musicians who go from table to table like traveling minstrels. Musicians who play in the background, such as piano players, will usually have a brandy snifter or some other container for tips. As with all tip jars, the decision to tip in this case is entirely up to you. Musicians who travel from table to table should be tipped a dollar or two when

    through looking good. HELPING HER WITH HER COAT This one’s easy. Do it. And then take both coats to the coat check and get the claim ticket. When you leave, make sure you leave a tip of a dollar per coat in the tip jar. WALKING TOGETHER The convention here is that the man always walks on the outside (the side closest to the street). Most of the time this works very well. Imagine, for example, that you are walking down the street with your date, holding hands, and it comes time to

    PARTIES Starting an informal potluck tradition is a wonderful way for a group of friends or relatives to sustain their bonds over time, since the responsibility is a shared one and the party’s success is something everyone can bask in. For example, over the past few years we’ve helped organize several monster clambakes on Martha’s Vineyard. We dig a pit in the sand, line it with old iron cannonballs saved just for this purpose, and build a huge fire in the pit to heat the cannonballs. When

    the door for a woman not because there’s a rule that says we should, but because it is an act of kindness and a way to make the woman you’re with feel special. When you act in this spirit, she will know it and appreciate you for it. If you hold the door just because “that’s the rule,” she’ll see right through you. Communication Dominating the communication comments was a concern that men do not listen well. “They look like they’re listening; they may even nod their heads or utter a few ‘Uh

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