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Etiquette,Manners and Dress for the 21st century

For those with a desire to change themselves for the better

robert marshall

on 15 February 2011

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Etiquette, Manners and Dress... General Etiquette DO NOT: curse
speak loudly
lose your temper
spit Basic Good Manners DO NOT: flaunt your riches
groom yourself in public
look at your watch
kiss and tell
reach across someone
speak with food in your mouth The final test of a gentleman is his respect for those who can be of no possible service to him.
-William Lyon Phelps DO: be punctual
shake hands firmly
apply constant verbal grace
tip well and discreetly
project high moral values Memorize these colors:

Charcoal Gray

These are the staple colors of every business wardrobe.
Here are some guidelines for both men and women to keep in mind:

In the suit world start with the basics: A navy blue wool suit and a charcoal wool suit, white shirts, black shoes, black belt, and black leather briefcase/notebook computer case.

in the casual world, start with the basics: Khaki pants or skirts, white shirts, black or brown shoes and belt, and a black or brown leather and ballistic nylon briefcase/notebook computer case.

Add your own touches in keeping with your company's style. Pointers to get you started on a successful interview:

1. Relax!: It seems impossible but just concentrate on breathing deeply. The idea is to keep oxygen flowing to your brain so that you can remember all the reasons why you deserve this job. Deep breathing also prevents you from losing consciousness.

A display of nervousness may thwart your ability to negotiate the best deal and may even harm your chances of getting the job.

2. Be on time: Leave a few minutes for construction delays, traffic, and a pit stop. If your have never been to this building get specific directions, including where to park, which entrance to use and where to go once you get inside. Write the information down and drive over a day or two in advance so that you getting lost would not be a delay.

3. Get the correct pronunciation of your interviewer's name: Get the information when you ask for directions and if the name is hard to pronounce practice on it.

4. Know your interviewer's title and use it until you are asked to do otherwise: Do not call your interviewer by their first name until you've been informed by your host that you can drop the titles and surnames.

5. Bring a folder with a few clean copies of your résumé, some paper to write on, a good fountain pen with quick drying ink and a tissue or two: A leather portfolio adds a nice touch but avoid bringing too much luggage.

6. Be polite to the receptionist, security guard, or whomever else may be helping you, and be patient while waiting on your interviewer: It is important to make a good impression with the people that might end up being your co-workers.

On the other hand, you don't want to be overly friendly. Take your cue from the employee, if he strikes up a conversation, go with it. But if he seems busy, don't bother him.

7. Don't chew gum, smoke, eat, or drink on company premises unless refreshments are offered: Avoid taking even a bottle of water.

-During the Interview-

1. Start with a smile and firm handshake-obviously!

2. Stand up when your interviewer approaches.

3. Greet him by name, look him in the eye, and thank him for this opportunity.

4. Give the interview your full attention: Minimize possible distractions by turning off pagers, cell phones, watches, and other beeping gadgets.

5. Be as specific as possible in answering the interviewer's questions: It is always better to get get the possible questions in advance (with the help of available resources) in order to get prepared for the interview. Try to use your own experiences whenever possible and always give yourself time to think before you speak.

6. Add other comments and ask questions at the end of the interview: Avoid asking questions that can easily be answered through a Web site or annual report-if you ask them the interviewer may conclude that you didn't take the time to research the company. Remember that business casual and Friday casual are distinct things. Business casual generally means khaki pants, a plain polo shirt or a long-sleeved button down shirt, a V-neck sweater, sometimes a sports coat or blazer and brown leather shoes.

Don't forget these general guidelines:

1. A short sleeve shirt is, by definition, always a casual shirt.
2. Khaki and flannel pants are casual for most businesses.

3. Tank tops, shorts, and sandals are weekend wear.

4. Advertising, artists, and fashion types can wear leather jackets.

5. Plain shirts are best, in general; shirts with adds on them are for fishing.

6. Button-down Oxford shirts are casual; T-shirts are for musicians, computer types, and mowing the lawn.

7. Loafers and dark walking shoes are casual.

8. Blazers and sports coats are casual for some businesses, dressy for others. The fabric should never shine or change colors in a different lighting.

When choosing a suit, look first for fabric, fit, and comfort; look second for style.

Your fabric should never shine or change colors in different lighting. Fabrics that are appropriate include wool, cotton, linen and various microfibers. Wool is the most versatile of the three coming in both summer or tropic weight and in a variety of fabric styles. Linen suits are popular specially during extreme heat and high humidity but it wrinkles immediately.

You can choose from these basic styles (and their multiple variations):

American cut: These suits can have either two or three buttons and have center-vented jackets and natural shoulders and pants with a straight line.

Italian cut: These suits have unvested jackets with padded shoulders and pants that are fuller than American suits.

British cut: These suits have side-vented or unvested jackets with a square shoulder, tapered waist, and pants that are narrower than both American cut and Italian cut suits.

Coordinate your shoe color with your suit color. Black shoes go nicely with charcoal and black or navy suits. Brown shoes match with brown and tan suits. Keep them well-shined and keep a Sharpie with you to touch up scuffed shoes.

In some locations-from Texas to Nevada and north to Montana-dress cowboy boots are acceptable with suits, as long as you are a rancher, a politician or in the oil business. But be careful-most of the time cowboy boots just make you look silly.

Running shoes, hiking boots, or sandals with a suit are unacceptable.


Follow these simple rules with ties:

1. Ties should be silk.

2. Ties should be understated.

3. Ties should be coordinated with the suit and shirt.

4. Ties should end at the top of your belt.
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