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How to be a Gentleman

A Timely Guide to Timeless Manners

by John Bridges (Author)

How to Be a Gentleman: A Timely Guide to Timeless Manners is the revised and updated edition of the smash-hit How to Be a Gentleman and offers practical advice on being a gentleman in the twenty-first century.

Should you take your BlackBerry on vacation? What is the best way to accept a compliment? Is an e-mail an acceptable means of writing a Thank-You note? While the tenets of gracious behavior never change, the situations a gentleman faces do and have changed significantly in the last ten years. In this revised, updated, and expanded version of the bestselling How to Be a Gentleman, Bridges addresses new issues such as airport security, Bluetooth and BlackBerry usage, and appropriate internet and instant message communication. Still featured are topics ranging from how to receive a compliment to how to act at funerals. Certain to be the must-have guide for the modern gentleman, this revised edition will echo the success of its predecessor.

How To Be A Gentleman

A Contemporary Guide to Common Courtesy

by John Bridges (Author)

Should you take a business call on your cellular phone during a dinner date? How do you act at a funeral? What is the best way to accept a compliment? When do you say, "I'm sorry"? John Bridges answers these questions and more in a book for men that combines Emily Post and Miss Manners without being snobbish, boring, or intimidating. This book is an indispensable guide for men of all ages who aspire to become gentlemen.

As A Gentleman Would Say

"A gentleman knows how to begin a conversation..." 

by John Bridges (Author), Bryan Curtis (Author)

This easily accessible book focuses on those moments when knowing exactly what to say is an absolutely necessary challenge. From the light-hearted "how to react when someone turns you down for a date" or "what to say when you notice someone's fly is open" to the more serious "what to say to a co-worker who has had a miscarriage or to a friend who has suffered the sudden death of a parent," As A Gentleman Would Say differs from other etiquette books in that it not only offers suggestions for the correct thing to say in more than 100 social situations-it also gives examples of the wrong thing to say!

50 Things Every Young Gentleman Should Know

by John Bridges (Author), Bryan Curtis (Author)

With sales of more than 750,000 copies, the books in the GentleManners series have become the most popular gift etiquette books on the market today. This latest book in the series was written especially for boys ages 8-14, to teach them the basic skills every young man should have and every young man's mother and grandmother want him to have. Among the topics covered in this book are how to shake hands, how to make an introduction, what to do when you sneeze or cough, and how to use a napkin. It is written in a style that will appeal to young men of that age.

 

A Gentleman Entertains

A Guide To Making Memorable Occasions

by John Bridges (Author), Bryan Curtis (Author)

Practical and unpretentious, A Gentleman Entertains includes

  • 15 essential preparations before entertaining
  • 100 things every gentleman should know about being a host
  • Ideas for twelve specific parties complete with more than 20 fool-proof recipes
  • Tips on dealing with inevitable, inescapable, really ugly disaster moments.
A Gentleman Gets Dressed Up

What to Wear, When to Wear it, How to Wear it

by Bryan Curtis (Author), John Bridges (Author)

A Gentleman Gets Dressed Up is not a book about style-it is a book about the rules-rules that will allow any man to feel more comfortable in the choices he makes about what he wears. It answers such questions as: What does "black tie optional" mean? What do I wear to a wedding at 7:00 on a Saturday evening? What do I wear to a job interview? What do I wear to a second interview, even if they observe a casual dress code? What do I wear to the Academy Awards? What do I wear to a funeral? And what button do I leave open on my suit coat?

This GentleManners book is divided into sections about specific items of clothing and specific accessories. It also delves into the different types of events to which a gentleman may find himself invited. The book concludes with sections on extreme etiquette, such as what to wear to meet the pope, and a section on fashion emergencies, such as what to do when your pants split.

  • A gentleman knows that dressing up may require going to great pains; but it does not require that he feel any pain at all.
  • A gentleman knows that a formal shirt does not have a button-down collar.
  • A colorblind gentleman is not ashamed to mention his disability to a clothing salesperson and to ask for assistance in selecting a shirt or tie to match a suit.
A Gentleman Pens A Note

A Concise, Contemporary Guide to Personal Correspondence

by John Bridges (Author), Bryan Curtis (Author)

A gentleman knows the importance of effectively expressing, in three or four sentences, his thanks for a gift or for a job interview, conveying his sympathy, or saying he is sorry. A Gentleman Pens a Note takes away the fear and discomfort a man experiences when faced with the task of writing a note by giving instruction and example in the proven style of the other GentleManners books.

A Gentleman Pens a Note contains examples of more than 40 different handwritten notes, as well as sentences to avoid. It also includes aphorisms and sidebars on subjects such as stationery, pens, and pre-printed notes.

  • A gentleman does not expect a response when he has sent a thank-you note (or even a thank-you gift).
  • A gentleman knows that words such as "Thank You," "Congratulations," or "With sympathy," will mean a great deal more written in his own hand than when gold-embossed by a printer.
Toasts & Tributes

A Gentleman's Guide to Personal Correspondence and the Noble Tradition of the Toast

by John Bridges (Author), Bryan Curtis, (Author)

"Mastering and becoming comfortable the ability to make a toast or write a note will pay rich dividends in a gentleman's life-both professional and personal. Toasts and Tributes helps men master these important skills with examples of more than 40 different toasts and 40 different notes. In addition to each example of what to say are, perhaps more importantly, examples of what not to say.

A Gentleman at the Table

A Concise, Contemporary Guide to Table Manners

by John Bridges (Author), Bryan Curtis (Author)

A Gentleman at the Table will give any man the knowledge he needs to maneuver any dining situation - from a casual meal of fried chicken at his mom's house to a seven-course dinner at the finest restaurant in the world. It includes. . .

  • How to set a table
  • How to pronounce more than 100 unusual food names
  • How to use obscure eating utensils
  • How to perform the Heimlich maneuver
  • How to eat more than 25 foods that are challenging to eat gracefully such as lobster, snails, fried chicken, and pasta.

In a society where more and more people eat with plastic forks and spoons at fast food restaurants, it is still important that a man know proper dining etiquette. There are still situations where not knowing what a finger bowl is or not knowing how to pronounce an item on a menu can have an effect on what others think of you. Showing he has little working knowledge of table manners at a lunch meeting or on a job interview over dinner may have an important impact on a man's life.

Like all the books in the GentleManners series, A Gentleman at the Table is easy to use, non-threatening, and an entertaining read.

 

A Gentleman Walks Down the Aisle

A Gentleman Walks Down the Aisle: A Complete Guide to the Perfect Wedding Day

by John Bridges (Author), Bryan Curtis (Author)

He may not have been dreaming of this magical day since childhood, but a groom's role in his wedding is as important as his bride's. This guide will shape even the most baffled groom into a well-mannered gentleman, from engagement party to reception and every blessed event in between. Authors John Bridges and Bryan Curtis even offer advice for every male member of the wedding party. Fathers, groomsmen, ring bearers, and guests, take note! Bridges and Curtis have included everything a gentleman should know to skillfully assume his role at a wedding.

Gentlemanners Collection (Hardcover)

by John Bridges (Author), Bryan Curtis (Author)

The goal of the GentleManners series of books is quite simple-to provide people with the tools they need to make this planet a nicer, more civilized place to live. This attractive slip cased collection contains 3 books written for men:

HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN
AS A GENTLEMAN WOULD SAY
A GENTLEMAN GETS DRESSED UP

Each of the three books in this set will arm men of all ages with the knowledge to fit in and feel comfortable in almost any social or business setting.

A Gentleman Abroad

A Concise Guide to Traveling with Confidence, Courtesy, and Style

by John Bridges (Author), Bryan Curtis (Author)

A Gentleman Abroad provides basic and helpful information for any man traveling to the 40 most popular foreign travel destinations in the world. In addition to aphorisms and sidebars that make the books in the GentleManners series unique, this book contains 40 chapters, one for each destination. Within each chapter will be almanac data, charts on average monthly temperature, foreign size charts for shopping, time differences, embassy information, basic foreign phrases, tipping customs, and other information that will allow a gentleman to navigate the city properly. Among the cities included are Rome, Paris, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires, Sydney, Amsterdam and Berlin.

A Gentleman Raises His Glass

A Concise, Contemporary Guide to the Noble Tradition of the Toast

by John Bridges (Author), Bryan Curtis (Author)

A Gentleman Raises His Glass teaches how to prepare a toast for virtually any occasion - be it a wedding, a celebratory dinner, or any social celebration where a tribute would be welcome. It is a book that is concise, affordable, and attractively packaged.

A Gentleman Raises His Glass also tells the history of the toast, gives examples of the wrong thing to say, and contains more than 50 aphorisms on toasting:

  • A gentleman knows that, unless he is seated in a crowded, public restaurant, he must stand to deliver a toast.
  • When a gentleman makes a toast, he makes it directly to his guest of honor, not to the table at large.
  • A gentleman knows that a toast, even at a bachelor's dinner, is still intended to be a tribute-not an embarrassment.
A Lady at the Table

A Concise, Contemporary Guide to Table Manners

by Sheryl Shade (Author), John Bridges (Author), Bryan Curtis (Author)

 Lady at the Table will give any woman the knowledge she needs to maneuver any dining situation - from a casual meal of fried chicken at her mom's house to a seven-course dinner at the finest restaurant in the world. It includes. . .

  • How to set a table
  • How to pronounce more than 100 different food names
  • How to use obscure eating utensils
  • How to perform the Heimlich maneuver
  • How to eat more than 25 foods that are challenging to eat gracefully such as lobster, snails, fried chicken, and pasta.

In a society where more and more people eat with plastic forks and spoons at fast food restaurants, it is still important that a lady know proper dining etiquette. Showing she has little working knowledge of table manners at a lunch meeting or on a job interview over dinner may have an important impact on a woman's life.

Like all the books in the GentleManners series, A Lady at the Table is easy to use, non-threatening, and an entertaining read. In addition to containing similar information as A Gentleman at the Table, A Lady at the Table deals with topics that apply uniquely to women such as how to respond when men rise as you leave or approach the table, how to react when a chair is pulled out for you and when it isn't, what to do when a man orders for you, and how to pay the check graciously when you are hosting a man.

 

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