Emily Post wrote the definitive book on proper etiquette, manners, and how to best conduct oneself in all social gatherings.
Published in 1922, the bestseller known as The Big Blue Book, has been the go-to book for all things etiquette. Manners come and go. Confused? If Emily Post's tome is too daunting and dated - skip to the chase and pick up The Complete Idiot's Guide to Etiquette.It's quick, smart, and succinct. If you are confused by cutlery, caviar and conversation tips - read this book.
Maybe you need to brush up on your dating behavior and your manners. Remember to avoid these Top Ten Manner Mistakes:
The Never Ever's: Top Ten Best Dating Tips on Manners
1. Arrive late and fail to apologize.
2. Post an ancient photo of yourself, which doesn’t remotely resemble you.
3. Assume the other person will pay for coffee. You are a big girl/boy.
4. Take and make phone calls or text anyone during the date.
5. Share details about your divorce. Nobody wants to hear about it. Really.
6. Advertise you are divorced, when actually separated. Truth in advertising is important.
7. Ask your date how much they really weigh, their actual height, age, or salary.
8. Regale your date with stories of your past trophy dates and exploits.
9. Step out for a smoke. Return with a toothpick. Yawn.
10. “Go HR” this is supposed to be a coffee date, not a job interview. Relax, already.
So you had a great date? And, you successfully avoided the Top Ten Manners Mistakes... now what? How much time do you spend? Thirty minutes? An hour? There are no hard and fast rules. While manners are of the utmost importance, common sense trumps any dating data.
First and foremost, have a good time. And, remember the old saying: "How am I going to miss you, if you don't go away?" Yes, lean in for a hug and say 'thank you.'
"People who ridicule etiquette as a mass of trivial and arbitrary conventions, "extremely troublesome to those who practice them and Insupportable to everybody else," seem to forget the long, slow progress of social intercourse in the upward climb of man from the primeval state." E.Post
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