Monday, February 22, 2010

Classy Conduct - It's Never Out of Style

Written By: Fonzworth Bentley --- Entertainer/TV Personality/Author
(JET Perspective; Feb. 15, 2010; pg. 29)

Manners, confidence and style have always been part of the African-American experience. If you don't believe me, just look a classic movie footage of the Nicholas Brothers, Sammy Davis Jr. or Duke Ellington, to name a few. Or peek into your own family photo album to see that granddad and grandma really did have it together.

In 2010, we have a great opportunity to reclaim our heritage as an elegant and proud people.

Etiquette helps you feel confident and comfortable in all social situations. And, just as important, it helps others feel comfortable around you. Here are a few etiquette tips that have been passed down to me that I'd like to share:

1. Please and Thank You are magical words that can carry you a long way in this world. They can help open many doors. When you are grateful, the universe has a way of honoring and assisting you on your journey through life.

2. Look people in the eye when you're talking to them. It says you're confident in who you are and in what you're saying. Now, put a nice smile on and you're in. It works!

3. Your handshake can say a lot about you. It should be firm. And be sure to clasp the entire hand of the other person. No one wants to shake a "whimpy" hand.

4. If you're invited to a party or social event, don't bring others. You were invited-not your homies, your cousins or your children. If your host had wanted them to come, they would have been invited. Leave them home!

5. Keep in mind that both fish and house-guests stink after three (3) days. In other words, don't overstay your welcome when you visit someone's home.

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