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How To Be A Gentleman In A Changing World

Should you take your Blackberry on vacation? Is an e-mail an acceptable means of writing a thank-you note? When and where is it OK to use your cell phone or camera phone? While the tenets of gracious behavior never change, the situations a gentleman faces in today's post-9/11 world certainly have.

Conducting Talk Show interviews on the topic of proper etiquette in a changing world is John Bridges, author of the bestselling book on manners in America, How to Be a Gentleman.

During your interview with John Bridges, he addresses 21st century issues such as airport security, smoking policy changes, Bluetooth and Blackberry usage, cell phones, e-mail and text messaging - as well as untucked shirts, low-hanging pants and baseball caps. Timeless topics such as how to properly receive a compliment, make introductions and set a dinner table, of course, remain.

"Sometimes it seems like technology has taken over our lives," says Bridges. "Times change, and fads come and go, but a gentleman will still sail confidently through it all - holding the door open for others, saying 'please' and 'thank you,' and making the world a calmer, more civilized place. And when he does that, he doesn't just make it a better place for other people - he makes it a better place for himself, as well."

The first edition, printed in twelve languages, is thought to be the best-selling book on manners ever published.

John Bridges is the author of not only How to Be a Gentleman, but the entire Complete GentleManners Series and a frequent guest on television and radio news programs.

As an expert on the role of gentlemanly behavior in modern society, John Bridges has appeared on the Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning and Good Morning America, among other national shows. He is the director of cultural affairs for his hometown city of Nashville, TN.


Posted on April 25, 2008

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