Etiquette is one of the most valuable assets a person can have: knowing how best to present yourself, and how to deal with others in a direct, effective manner, is paramount in all personal, professional, and social relationships. Manners That Matter Most seeks to resurrect the bygone customs of good manners and graceful style; all while updating and applying them to the modern age.
Covering topics from introductions, greetings and thank-you’s, to the etiquette of modern technology (including appropriate places and times to call and text), Manners That Matter Most is a valuable resource and a much-needed guide in our fast-paced world. Suitable for all readers in all social situations, Manners That Matter Most contains both the information and the support you need to gain and give more consideration in your social encounters. With an emphasis on graciousness and chivalry that lends the book its authoritative tone, Manners That Matter Most is the essential companion for anyone looking to put their best foot forward in any situation.
Manners That Matter Most also includes:
* Inspirational quotes on the importance of courtesy, respect and dignity
* The 25 essential lessons everyone should learn to cultivate better manners
* Tips for more effective communication with family, friends and co-workers
Manners That Matter Most takes an old subject and presents it in a fresh and accessible way, as it reminds us why good practice in etiquette not only makes the practitioner look good, but enhances society as a whole. With Manners That Matter Most, the world opens up—and you know just what to say.
About the Author
Norah Lawlor is the Founder and Principal of Lawlor Media Group Inc., a New York-based boutique strategy PR firm focused on a luxury lifestyle clientele ranging from not-for-profit to real estate, hospitality, travel, and entertainment. She lives in New York City and has both written and contributed to a range of publications on the social and society scene in New York, the Hamptons, and internationally.
Read an Excerpt
For people with good manners, doors are constantly opening.
Well-mannered people turn chance meetings into rewarding relationships. They approach formal events or stressful meetings with less anxiety and more confidence. They navigate life’s twists and turns successfully, maintaining control and keeping perspective on what matters.
This is because behaving with consideration toward others—the guiding tenet of good manners—has multiple benefits. As we go through our days, the simple practice of showing kindness to each other, like saying “please” and “thank you,” showing up on time, and getting back to someone promptly, goes a long way. Good manners help us make a good impression, provide us with structure and reassurance, and help us get through life’s rough spots with aplomb.
The goal of good manners is not perfection. In fact, good manners guide us when we do something wrong or when things don’t turn out as planned. When it’s time to make an apology, good manners help us communicate sincerely. When someone else is rude to us, being polite helps us handle the situation so it doesn’t get worse.
We all make mistakes, and life is unpredictable. When life throws us a curveball, good manners make the ups and downs easier to handle.
—Excerpt from the Introduction
Table of ContentsForeword
Chapter 1 - Why Do Good Manners Matter?
- Manners Make Life Easier
- The Power of a First Impression
- A More Profound Benefit
- How to Use This Book
Chapter 2 - Incorporating Good Manners Into Modern Life
- A Brief History of Etiquette
- Manners and Modern Life
- Challenges to Maintaining Good
- Manners at Home, at Work, and in a Technological World
Chapter 3 - 25 Essentials to Good Manners
Chapter 4 - Helpful Tips and Guidelines for Social Situations
- Table Manners
- How to Be a Good Host or Hostess
- How to Be a Good Guest
- Tips for More Enjoyable