Do not laugh at others' mistakes
This is perhaps one of the cruelest things one can do. When you
mess up, the last thing you want is for someone not only to bring it to your attention, but to ridicule you on top of that.
Remove your hat indoors
This rule seems to have gone out the window these days. You should remove
your headwear upon entering a building. Furthermore, never keep your hat on while at the dinner table. It reflects very poor
Wait for seating before eating
When sitting down for a meal, you should wait until all the guests
are properly seated and ready to commence the meal before eating. Everyone should start dining at the same time; this is a
subtle but very important rule.
In addition to the
aforementioned rules, gentlemen (in training) should follow these additional rules when in the presence of a lady. Chivalry may be on life support, but it is not dead yet. Be one of the few to keep this flame burning for many years
Always open doors
This is perhaps the most basic rule of male etiquette out there. It is also one
of the easiest to follow so you have no reason to forget it. Whether she is about to enter your car, restaurant, club, or
anyplace with a door, you should always hold it open. If there are many doors, then hold them open one after the other.
Put on her coat
Always help a lady put on her coat or overgarment. This is a simple but powerful
Help with her seat
If an unaccompanied lady is sitting next to you, it is important that you help
her be seated by pulling her chair out for her and gently pushing it back into place, with the lady seated of course.
Give up your seat
If a lady arrives at the table and there are no available seats, you should stand
up and offer yours to her.
Stand at attention
Always stand when a lady enters or exits the room. This rule has been somewhat
relaxed, so you can stand upon entrance but remain seated upon exit. Nonetheless, if you can do both, you should.
Give her your arm
When escorting a lady (that you know) to and from social events, you should offer
her your arm. This is a little more intimate, but serves well when walking on uneven ground -- especially if she's wearing
Ask if she needs anything
This is one that most guys already do, but helps complete the gentleman in all of us nevertheless. When at social events, make sure to ask the lady if you can get her something to
drink (or eat, depending on the event). Show her that you care about her comfort and needs.
Gentlemen, if I may call you that, these are the rules of etiquette you should observe in everyday life. Elevate
yourself above the rabble and display the mannerisms of a true gentleman. The world will appreciate such a rarity and your
career will most definitely benefit from your good manners and savoir-faire .