On Etiquette

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Dining Etiquette and Table Manners [VIDEO]

by Brett & Kate McKay

It’s time for another installment of AoM Instructional Videos. In this video we take a look at the ins and outs of dining etiquette and table manners. For more info on dining etiquette, make sure to check out the original article that inspired the video.  Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel! Video by Jordan Crowder

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How to Be a Gentleman Scholar: Classroom Etiquette for the College Man

by Brett & Kate McKay

“They attend classes but make no effort to learn anything.” -Alvarus Pelagius College students often get a lot of flack these days — with seemingly everyone and their grandma saying that this generation of students is lazy, entitled, and disrespectful. Yet, such criticism has in truth been leveled at young scholars pretty much since the […]

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How to Accept a Compliment With Class

by Brett & Kate McKay

You hand someone a gift and they eagerly tear off the wrapping paper and lift the lid on the box. But as they pick up and examine the present tucked inside, their smile quickly fades. “You know, this watch really isn’t right for me. Here, you can have it back.” Ouch. Such behavior is so […]

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37 Conversation Rules for Gentlemen from 1875

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: The excerpt below comes from a book published in 1875: A Gentleman’s Guide to Etiquette by Cecil B. Hartley. Hartley’s rules may be over 100 years old, but they’re just as true today as they ever were. There are some real gems here — some of which truly gave me a chuckle. 1. […]

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How to Give a Manly Handshake [VIDEO]

by Brett & Kate McKay

It’s time for another installment of AoM Instructional Videos. In this edition, Bill learns how to shake hands like a man. For more info on shaking hands, make sure to check out our illustrated guide to giving a manly handshake. Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel! Video by Jordan Crowder

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How to Be a Gentleman Behind the Wheel

by Brett & Kate McKay

Brought to you by P&G. Need to buff up your style? Get the products men depend on. How to be a gentleman when you’re behind the wheel.

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3 Ways You Should Never Start an Online Comment

by Brett & Kate McKay

When you run a website for a living, you get a front-row seat to the nature of online rhetoric. Each day dozens of comments are submitted to the blog and their quality varies widely. Some are highly intelligent and articulate – enjoyable to read even when they disagree with the content of an article. On […]

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How to End a Conversation

by Brett & Kate McKay

We’ve done several articles on the Art of Manliness covering the wonderful art of conversation, from its dos and donts, to how to make small talk, to avoiding the dreaded plague of conversational narcissism. A comment each of those posts invariably received was, “This is great. But, uh, how do you end a conversation?” I […]

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12 Vintage Instructional Films Worth Watching

by Brett & Kate McKay

Maybe you’ve seen the classic Civil Defense film “Duck and Cover” as part of a documentary about the postwar period, a clip of an unintentionally hilarious hygiene film while watching Mystery Science Theater 3000, or a vintage film we ourselves included in a post like this one. Have you ever wondered where these short instructional […]

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I Want You….To Put Away Your Smartphone: Propaganda Posters for the Modern Age

by Brett & Kate McKay

During the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, the use of “propaganda posters” were popular for encouraging good behavior — teaching safety, boosting worker morale, and rousing wartime sacrifice. I’ve always enjoyed the art and design of these posters, and decided to have Ted whip up a set of originals to address an area of behavior where […]

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How to Fly Like a Gentleman

by Brett & Kate McKay

You stretch out your legs, take a look out the window to check the view at 31,000 feet, and then place the book you were reading on the empty seat next to you. An attractive, smiling stewardess leans over, lays down a cloth napkin and silverware, and asks which of the three available hot entrees […]

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Heading Out on Your Own — Day 17: Essential Etiquette for Young Men

by Brett & Kate McKay

“In whatever society, or in whatever part of the world, a gentleman may happen to be, he always complies externally with the spirit and usages of the place… A gentleman always possesses a certain self-respect—not indeed touching upon self-esteem, and far removed from self-conceit…Indeed a gentleman, in the highest signification of the term, is a […]

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A Man Is Punctual: The Reasons You’re Late and How to Always Be on Time

by Brett & Kate McKay

Read Part I: The Importance of Being on Time Being punctual is a skill any man can master; it doesn’t take any special talents or abilities. But even if you feel it’s an important trait to develop, you may still struggle with being on time and find the habit of always running late extremely difficult […]

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A Man Is Punctual: The Importance of Being on Time

by Brett & Kate McKay

The life of George Washington was characterized by a scrupulous regard for punctuality. When he asked a man to bring by some horses he was interested in buying at five in the morning, and the man arrived fifteen minutes late, he was told by the stable groom that the general had been waiting there at […]

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What to Wear on a First Date: Your 60 Second Visual Guide (Spring/Summer Edition)

by Brett & Kate McKay
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This post is brought to you by Life Khaki from Haggar What’s this? An at-a-glance visual guide on how to dress for a first date.

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Listen Up! Part II: 15 Techniques to Improve Our Listening

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Tony Valdes. Welcome back to our three-part series on becoming better listeners.  In the previous installment, we established that listening is a desirable ability to have as men.  But how can we practically begin to exercise this ability and develop it in ourselves?  There are active steps […]

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Listen Up! Part I: Learning the Manly Skill of Paying Attention

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Tony Valdes. As part of earning my bachelor’s degree in rhetoric and communications I elected to take SPC 3350, a college course titled “Listening,” taught by the forebodingly named Dr. Paine.  I’ll admit that I was skeptical when I sat down on the first day of class.  […]

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How to Write an Email That Will Actually Get a Response

by Brett & Kate McKay

How to write an email? What’s next? A post on how to tie your shoes? I know, I know. Email is such an ubiquitous part of our lives that you might think that people would naturally have it down pat. But having received thousands of emails over the past four years, I can say with […]

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How to Throw an Awesome Holiday Party–Part IV: A Primer on Being the Ultimate Host

by Brett & Kate McKay

This post is brought to you by Heineken. What’s this? Here’s a primer on what to do during each phase of your party in order to be the ultimate host.

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