Although manners maven Emily Post died in 1960, her legacy continues on the internet. EmilyPost.com answers just about any question you could imagine in an encyclopedia of articles on etiquette. The site is operated by Emily’s descendents as part of The Emily Post Institute.
Peter Post is a descendent of Emily Post and a director of The Emily Post Institute. He conducts seminars for businesses and writes a weekly question and answer business etiquette in an advice column, “Etiquette at Work,” for The Boston Sunday Globe. He is the author of five etiquette books including the New York Times bestseller Essential Manners for Men which has been reprinted eight times.
Having appeared on almost every major network and written for most major mags, it’s evident that Peter Post is an expert in his field. In an article last year, he listed the top five mistakes that men make. They include (paraphrased):
- 1. failing to use good table manners, especially chewing with your mouth open;
- 2. leaving the toilet seat up after you use it;
- 3. doing things that put people around you down (This includes failing to introduce your significant other to people you are talking to at a party, hogging the remote. Positive actions include: doing little things that make her smile when she thinks of you, putting dishes in the dishwasher instead of leaving them on the table or in the sink, cleaning out the sink after you shave, opening the car door for her, holding her coat for her or standing when she approaches the table in a restaurant.);
- 4. staring at other women (The focus of attention should be on the person you came with.); and
- 5. failing to use “please” and “thank you.”
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Tomorrow, Unique Proposals. Rita Bay