Essential Manners for Men: What to Do, When to Do It, and Why
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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
Short and shoot-from-the-hip honest, Essential Manners for Men is a book no man can afford to be without.
Etiquette provides us with a path to civility and positive relationships in all aspects of our lives. Like it did for that young man, etiquette allows each of us to recommit to building a better, more joyful life. And that’s not bad for three simple words: consideration, respect, and honesty. Peter Post Charlotte, Vermont INTRODUCTION THEY JUST SNICKERED Just recently I was conducting a seminar for a law firm. The room was filled with fifty participants, most of whom were young
do at the gym. By the way, it’s not just women who are frustrated by this gross behavior. Twenty-nine percent of the respondents who brought up this issue were men and, by a wide margin, this was the biggest complaint about the fitness center in the 2011 Post Survey. * * * THE UNWANTED STARE This one is a toughie. Those close-fitting sports bras and shorts don’t always leave much to the imagination. And then there’s all that uncovered skin—sometimes lots of it—not to mention the
aside: A certain rich man, whose appointment to a foreign post of importance was about to be ratified, came into the corridor of a Washington hotel and stopped to speak with a lady for a few moments. During the whole conversation he kept his hat on his head and a cigar in the corner of his mouth. It happened that the lady was the wife of a prominent senator, and she lost no time in reporting the incident to her husband, who in turn brought the matter to the attention of certain of his
with your words, your actions, or your appearance. When the intent of your words is to put down the other person rather than discuss the issue at hand (“You don’t know what you are talking about!” “How could you say something so stupid?”), you’ve crossed the line from arguing to being domineering. The tone in which you deliver your words—especially if you shout—can be just as domineering as the words you use. Finally, body language can be incredibly intimidating and domineering as
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