Yesterday, I got hired to deliver a keynote speech in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The close was incredibly smooth. Karen, my primary contact at the organization, seemed to recognize my name. She was almost instantly confident in my ability to engage an audience with entertaining and educational content. Best of all, Karen seemed to understand why I […]
Compliments are great for relationships; but not everyone is good at giving them Men have never been the best at giving compliments, right, ladies? That’s why it’s good to know that there’s a place you can send men to learn the fine art of saying nice things to other human beings–even to other men. That […]
England swings like a pendulum do, Bobbies on bicycles two-by-two Westminster Abbey, the tower of Big Ben The rosy red cheeks of the little children. -Roger Miller, England Swings My childhood was steeped in London pop culture. Roger Miller sang about a swinging England. Benny Hill and Monty Python charmed us with their quirky […]
They don’t teach it at colleges or universities. They don’t teach it at most companies. Few businesses purposely teach it. Most people learn to be professional by trial-and-error. Tweet This Here are some tips for being professional. The late, Joe Gilliam, one of my early mentors, said that “professionals constantly need to take in good information.” […]
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Our society has become more casual in the last decade, right?
The examples are numerous:
/Written and verbal language structure has been compromised. Spelling isn’t as important; auto-correct or bust! Complete sentences are a thing of the 🙂
/Formalities are mostly extraneous. Few people address others by “Mr.” or “Ms.” Information overload causes many of us to not bother responding to email. RSVP deadlines are a joke.
/Causal Friday has become Casual Every Day
But a gentleman is still a gentleman
Recently, I ran across a bit of prose that addresses a concept that should never flex and never change–the definition of a true gentleman. I’ve added some punctuation to the original text to make it more reader-friendly.