Good manners reflect something from inside – an innate sense of consideration for others and respect for self.
Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.
In the words of Colin Firth – the stylish smooth secret agent in the film Kingsman: The Secret Service, he said Manners Maketh Man. Well, I couldn’t agree more, a man without manners is disrespectful and he is not a gentleman. Let’s face it, manners are not something that we are born with but rather it’s something we learn over time as a result of influences and encounters we have in life. Good manners are something that we learn from our parents, the society, our friends, books, movies and sometimes the people we look up to in life – our mentors.
Today we talk about Table manners.
This is something that everyone should know, especially if their job or any of their activities that require this type of manners rely on them. Bad eating manners can easily disgust the people around you resulting in them avoiding you. If you are attending at some special meeting, business meeting or dinner with your colleagues, girlfriend or your fiancee’s parents, then you should learn good table manners.
The purpose of this article is to teach you the basics of table manners that every real man should know. Enjoy.
10 Basic Table Manners Every Man Should Know
1: The napkin should sit on your lap and not on the table.
When the food arrives unfold it, and place it on your lap then use it frequently as you eat to ensure your face is free of debris.
If you have to get up while you are eating, say go to the bathroom, just gently place it next to your plate, don’t fold it. As soon as you return and sit down, keep it back on your laps.
2: Don’t eat till everyone’s ready to eat.
If new people arrive after the meal has started, make sure to stand up and greet them to then sit and continue your meal.
3: You start with the fork on the far left corner and with the knife on the far right.
And eating with the cutlery starting from out to inside.
4: Keep your mouth closed when you eat.
No one of your company wants to watch you eating your food. Or hear you smacking!
5: You should avoid be leaning over your food.
Bring your food to your mouth, gently, not your mouth to your food.
6: Say “please”, “thank you”, or “excuse me” to every situation in which they may be appropriate.
Use words and phrases such as mentioned above and always say “excuse me” when you get up from the table. It will show that you respect others that are sitting on the table with you.
7: Keep your elbows low, don’t put them on the table.
There is enough cutlery on the table and the elbows aren’t any of it.
8: Use body language to get the attention of your waiter.
Never call for him loudly or snap your fingers.
9: Don’t touch your phone when eating.
This isn’t the time to toy with your phone or gadget. You should give your company full attention this time.
10: When you’re finished eating, place your cutlery together on your plate and keep your space clean.
These are some of the basic rules you should start to follow if you haven’t started yet. There are lots of other manners that you should know and apply. But those six are the laying foundations that indicate you are well-mannered person. To learn the 20 rules every true gentleman must abide by, check it out here – THE RULES TO ALWAYS BEING A TRUE GENTLEMAN
Until next time Gents, Continue to do well, live well and dress really well. Be Classy!
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Yours in Style,
Kobi O. Mbagwu (Mr. Kobi)
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