Some of the manners and etiquette topics include:
- how to shake hands
- how to be a good sport
- how to give a genuine compliment
- how to speak his mind without being offensive
- how to get friends to listen and how to return the favor
- how to achieve the perfect knot in a necktie and, more importantly, when he should be wearing a tie in the first place
- when to wear a baseball cap and when to leave it at home on his dresser
50 Things Every Young Gentleman Should Know is a thoughtful gift for:
- birthdays and graduations
- Easter baskets, stocking stuffers and holiday gift giving
Becoming a gentleman doesn’t happen in an instant; it’s a lifelong exercise in refining etiquette, social interaction, and personal discipline. It all begins here.
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Bryan Curtis is an author and the president of Dance Floor Books. He is the author/coauthor and editor of more than 25 books, including My South, My Southern Food, Classic Wisdom for the Good Life, Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life, and the popular GentleManners series.
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50 THINGS EVERY YOUNG GENTLEMAN SHOULD KNOWWHAT TO DO, WHEN TO DO IT, AND WHY
By John Bridges Bryan Curtis
Rutledge Hill PressCopyright © 2007 John Bridges and Bryan Curtis
All right reserved.
Chapter OneSaying "Please"
Saying "please" is the simplest thing you will ever have to do. It is like taking the easiest class at your school. It is a slam dunk. It's probably smart to start using the word "please" as often as you can, beginning right now. It will make life go much more smoothly for you.
Here's what's in it for you: Remember when you were three or four and you would ask for something, and before your mom would give it to you, she would stand there asking, "What do you say?" and of course you would say, "Pleeeeeeeese." And she would give it to you. That was cute when you were three. But look how old you are now.
If you haven't already started using "please" all the time, you should be worried. And your parents certainly ought to be concerned. They may even be asking themselves, "Should we even bother putting him in the will?" or "Why should we be worrying about sending him to college? He can't even say 'please.'"
Start practicing now:
At the breakfast table, you don't say, "Can I have some cereal?"
Instead, you say, "May I have some cereal, please?"
If somebody asks, "Do you want sugar on your cereal?" you don't say, "Yeah."
Instead, you say, "Yes, please."
If you're on a crowded elevator, you don't say, "Can somebody over there press nine?"
Instead, you say, "Would someone press nine, please?"
If you come to the door, and your hands are full, you don't say, "Hey! Somebody get the door!" Instead, you say, "Would you hold the door open for me, please?"
"Please" is a lot like plasma televisions, great cars, and having cash in your pocket. It makes the world a nicer place to live in.
Learn how to use it, and start using it now. It will take you far.
* You do
Say "please" any time you are asking someone to do something for you. That means, when you're in a restaurant, you say to the waiter, "May I have another soda, please?"
* You don't
Assume, just because other people are doing their jobs, that you don't have to show appreciation for their efforts.
One day you will realize that you should be as nice to the person who opens the door for you at Trump Tower as you would be to Donald Trump himself. If you learn that now, you will be way ahead of the game.
A gentleman knows that "please" and "thank you" go together like nachos and cheese.
* * *
A gentleman says "please" to anyone offering him assistance. It does not matter if he is being offered an order of fries or free tickets to a football game.
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