50 Things Every Young Gentleman Should Know Revised and Expanded: What to Do, When to Do It, and Why

50 Things Every Young Gentleman Should Know Revised and Expanded: What to Do, When to Do It, and Why

by John Bridges, Bryan Curtis

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Overview

A young man's guide to becoming the type of guy that people respect and enjoy.

50 Things Every Young Gentleman Should Know is a young man’s guide to becoming the type of guy that people respect and enjoy. He knows how to shake hands. He knows how to be a good sport. He knows how to give a genuine compliment and how to speak his mind without being offensive. His friends listen to what he has to say, and he returns the favor. He knows how to achieve the perfect knot in a necktie, and more important, he knows when he should be wearing a tie in the first place. Oh, and his favorite ball cap? He knows when to wear it and when to leave it at home on his dresser. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401604660
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 01/02/2012
Series: The GentleManners Series
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 474,060
File size: 720 KB
Age Range: 8 - 14 Years

About the Author

John Bridges, author of How to Be a Gentleman, is also the coauthor, with Bryan Curtis, of seven other volumes in the best-selling GentleManners series. He is a frequent guest on television and radio news programs, always championing gentlemanly behavior in modern society. Bridges has appeared on the Today Show, the Discovery Channel, and CBS Sunday Morning, and has been profiled in People magazine and the New York Times.


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 SouthMy Southern FoodClassic Wisdom for the Good LifeClassic Wisdom for the Professional Life, and the popular GentleManners series.

 

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50 THINGS EVERY YOUNG GENTLEMAN SHOULD KNOW

WHAT TO DO, WHEN TO DO IT, AND WHY
By John Bridges Bryan Curtis

Rutledge Hill Press

Copyright © 2007 John Bridges and Bryan Curtis
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-40160-294-9


Chapter One

Saying "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.

* Why

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.

(Continues...)



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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction....................xi
1. Saying "Please"....................1
2. Saying "Thank You"....................5
3. Saying "Excuse Me"....................10
4. Making an Apology....................14
5. Accepting an Apology....................18
6. Introducing Your Friends to Your Parents....................22
7. Saying "Ma'am" and "Sir"....................26
8. Asking Permission....................29
9. Paying a Compliment....................33
10. Accepting a Compliment....................36
11. Knowing When to Keep Your Mouth Shut....................40
12. Listening to and Talking to Adults....................44
13. Shaking Hands....................48
14. Meeting People with Physical Challenges....................53
15. Accepting a Gift You Don't Like....................56
16. Accepting a Gift You Like....................60
17. Writing a Thank-You Note....................63
18. Selecting a Gift....................69
19. Answering the Telephone....................74
20. Taking Phone Messages....................81
21. Using a Cell Phone....................86
22. Winning Well....................93
23. Losing Well....................97
24. How to Act in Places Where You Are Bored....................100
25. How to Behave in a Movie Theater....................105
26. Traveling on an Airplane....................110
27. Walking in Front of Other People....................115
28. Responding to Invitations....................118
29. Using a Napkin....................122
30. Using the Correct Fork....................127
31. Using a Knife and Fork....................132
32.Refusing Foods You Can't Eat....................135
33. Dealing With Foods You Don't Like....................139
34. Ordering from a Menu....................144
35. How to Use Chopsticks....................148
36. Putting Down the Toilet Seat....................150
37. Opening the Door for Other People....................153
38. Picking Up After Your Pet....................157
39. A Gentleman and His Computer....................162
40. Borrowing and Sharing....................167
41. The Unzipped Zipper and Other Embarrassing Situations....................172
42. Boundaries: Yours and Theirs....................176
43. Taking Pride in Your Appearance....................180
44. Tying Your Own Tie....................185
45. Shining Your Shoes....................190
46. When to Take Off Your Cap....................195
47. Taking Care of Your Fingernails....................198
48. Handkerchiefs and Tissues....................201
49. Picking Up After Yourself....................204
50. Personal Hygiene....................208

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50 Things Every Young Gentleman Should Know: What to Do, When to Do It, and Why 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic! My fiance checked it out of the library for me an I couldn't put it down. Alot of these things I know and do already but it is still very helpful. I believe every young man should recive a copy of this at a certain age.
jpsnow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wish I'd had this as a kid. I like that it encourages young men to act like young men, not little boys. It also provides a modern perspective on classic manners.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After an initial: "really - a book on manners?", my ten year old son says that the book is "kind of cool". I think that's all the validation I need to recommend it! The book has short chapters which each deal with individual topics. It is easy to read and is written in today's lingo. I've only skimmed through it, but even if my son picks up a third of the info, I'll be a happy mom.
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