Good Manners Matter

Laure Redmond, self-esteem coach and author of Feel Good Naked, joined us on Feel Good Friday to talk about manners. Good manners are another way to show respect – and they can help people get along better.  Here's how toproperly deal with the eight most common situations that make you squirm:

  1. What shall I wear? Even though casual attire is favored today, it’s better to be overdressed in the workplace, when flying or in social situations. Summer cheat sheet: please no shorts, tank tops or short skirts if you are over 35 and not hanging out at home.
  2. Let’s be seated. Don’t put too much food in your mouth at once; it will look like you were brought up in a kennel.  And NEVER chew with your mouth open or talk with your mouth full.
  3. Don’t air your views in a loud voice.  Be more interested in hearing the other person’s views than expressing your own. The essence of good conversation is to be a good listener.
  4. Actions will always speak louder than words. For all genders, treat others as you would have them treat you.
  5. Eating is a sacred, non-electronic experience.  Absolutely NO phones at the dining table. Even if you’re waiting for the most important phone call or text of your life, it can wait until you have finished eating.
  6. I forgot to write a thank-you note.  No matter what – if someone treats you to anything – you MUST say thank-you. Sending a note by mail is the most special way, but if that’s not your style, by all means, write an e-mail or make a phone call.
  7. We all have body parts that rumble.  If perchance you inadvertently burp or your stomach rumbles, don’t pat your stomach or your chest, or make any inane remarks about it.
  8. Who are you?  We have all been in awkward situations where we don’t know the people in a group. Make the first move by introducing yourself and including a conversation starter like “how do you know the hostess?”

For more information, visit Laure's website.

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