Published on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 by Payton McKeehan
Sit up straight! No elbows on the table! Chew with your mouth closed! We’ve all heard these obnoxious remarks from our parents and guardians, but our stubborn minds want to reject these orders. Manners can often be thought to be unimportant, but should not be so quickly dismissed.
At least one teacher or faculty member gets on every student’s nerves or pushes their buttons. Practicing good manners can help students to avoid these people, or at least tolerate them. Adults in authoritative positions tends to overrule anything children say, so why waste your breath? Having good manners in such a situation where the authority is barking about something is where character can be questioned, but when responding with good manners, it can make the student seem old enough to be a little more respectable.
Many job candidates are not hired because of poor communication skills and manners. Showing good manners in the workplace can prove that students recognize and respect authority. Nobody wants that obnoxious jerk with no manners within their work environment. And it helps provide job security because no one wants to fire the person everyone loves.
Good manners go beyond the workplace and can make a person more appealing in every aspect. A guy can never go wrong by opening a girl’s doors for her and in return it could take him from a 6 to an 8 on the hotness scale. A simple act of good manners and respect can make a huge impact on your first impression.
Good manners commonly include saying “please” and “thank you” to show that acts of kindness are valued, not intruding too far into someone else’s business, and staying a little reserved and knowing there is a time and place to act a certain way. Just as there is a time to act a certain way, there is a time to speak a certain way. Slang is a large part of people today’s vocabulary, which is great when socializing with friends. However, not in every situation would that be very appropriate. One’s employer would not be impressed by how on fleek your eyebrows are, or how fly your kicks are. In these situations you must think before you speak, having a filter will help you tremendously.
Manners are usually taught to young children because it is easier for them to learn as they mature. Unfortunately, some parents do not see the need to teach their children, possibly because they weren’t taught the importance of manners either, but it’s never too late to learn. There are many etiquette classes and courses online and around the town that can aid to refining manners. However if cash is hard to come by, Youtube can be your most proper best friend and help you learn the skills you need to succeed at work, school, and in relationships.