Post Of Fame — Things A Gentleman Has Gotta’ Do

THINGS A GENTLEMAN Post Of Fame    Things A Gentleman Has Gotta Do

Although we still have plenty of new & fresh ideas for the ole’ blog, thought we’d take the long-weekend as an opportunity to showcase our most well-read and linked-to entry of all time. Consider it the first inductee into our under-construction “Posts-Of-Fame” building.

In our opinion, well-groomed gents have just gotta’… 
 > Say “thanks” when someone holds the door.

> Let people off the elevator before rushing on.

> When calling someone with whom there is no set phone appointment, ask “do you have a minute?” before jumping into that rant/talk.

> Listen and make sure that person says “yes, I have a minute” before launching into that rant/talk.

> Provide a firm handshake always. Not “break his wrist” firm, but no dead fish.

> If asking someone “how are you?” — being prepared and ready to listen with actual attention.

> Avoid sporting a uni-brow, comb-over, or excess nose or ear hair.

> Be pleasant and polite to service staff no matter the venue. Issues can be addressed, but there are ways to do it with dignity and without demeaning someone.

> Wear a bow tie once in awhile.

> Write handwritten notes and send them through the mail (of course, to someone they know or are trying to get to know).

> Make sure to “take it” as good as you “dish it out.”

> Tell the truth — that way nothing really has to be remembered.

> Take off that blue tooth head seat if it’s not in use.

> Un-clip any mobile technology strapped to belts.

> Know when others are sick of reading your list…. (we’re done)

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  1. Barry
    Posted July 1, 2011 at 10:27 AM | Permalink

    Do you have a minute??
    Ok- Thank you for this post. It is a good starting point for me; and my new image. Previously being a construction worker for 15 years, my newly acquired BMA degree has me at a disadvantage for new employ (specifically how do I fit into corporate life). Your advisement would be well received with me:)

  2. Blair
    Posted July 5, 2011 at 8:18 PM | Permalink

    Many of these were routine during the 50′s-60s when I was a lad, I suppose they need to be re-iterated to today’s generation.. Politeness, and being a gentleman, was once taught by example, sad if that is not the case anymore.

  3. adrian
    Posted August 15, 2011 at 9:42 AM | Permalink

    8 of these were basic ‘rules’ in our household. It was part of being civil and polite to others. Sadly I don’t think any of them are practiced by many of the younger generation (so old fashioned).
    Hand-written notes. They don’t even teach writing anymore, its printing and straight to txtng.

  4. Fred savage
    Posted August 21, 2011 at 12:22 PM | Permalink

    What if?

    Q: Do you have a minute?

    A: No

    What then?

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