Entries tagged with “manners”.

Manners Matter:  Manners you use around friends need to be a little more polished around others — like adults, job interviewers, teachers and strangers.  For example:

1.  Your friends could probably care less if you eat your salad greens with your fingers.  But if you’re out to dinner with your parent’s friends or your friend’s parents, you’ll look immature and out of place doing so.

2.  The way you sit in the food court may work fine on a Saturday afternoon, but when you are being interviewed for an after-school job, slouching is out.  Sitting up straight and attentively sends the message that you are interested in the job.

3.  You might tell a friend that you’re “pissed off” when she goes to the movies and doesn’t invite you, but using those words with your teacher will not make a persuasive argument for why that “C” should have been an “A”.

4.  You can nickname a friend “Skittles” because he raps worse than Eminem,but you shouldn’t do that to your grandma or the person who hired you for a job.

Sound off:  Can you think of a few more examples of casual vs. formal manners?  Be sure to Contact Us to find out more.

Every time you make or receive a telephone call your personality is being judged by your telephone manner. At Barbizon you will learn about phone etiquette in your manners class , but meanwhile remember these voice projection tips:

1. Maintain good posture
2. Use emphasis in phrasing
3. Speak at a moderate pace
4. Use an effective pitch
5. Speak with proper volume
6. Sound cheerful and alert
7. Hold the phone neither too near or too far
8. Be courteous
9. Take accurate messages
10. Return calls promptly
11. Book appointments efficiently
12. Don’t yell into a cell phone
13. Pronounce words distinctly