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How to Be a Gentleman

Distinguish yourself as a class act by remembering what your mother taught you.


  • Step 1: Say please and thank you Mind your manners. Say please and thank you everywhere, in every situation. Seek to make every social experience a positive one.
  • Step 2: Be well groomed Be well groomed and polished as a matter of respect for yourself and for those you encounter.
  • Step 3: Help out Go out of your way to help others -- hold doors, offer directions, share your time, money, and advice without expecting anyone to reciprocate.
  • TIP: Remember -- what you learned in kindergarten about sharing and mutual respect will go a long way.
  • Step 4: Make tasteful observations Make tasteful observations and jokes. Avoid jokes told at the expense of other people.
  • Step 5: Listen well Listen well, making eye contact. Wait to speak and steer clear of arguments.
  • Step 6: Admit mistakes Admit mistakes and accept criticism graciously. People appreciate being around someone who is self-aware and personally responsible.
  • Step 7: Don’t stare Don’t shame, embarrass, or taunt others. Never stare at someone.
  • FACT: In 1717, Stede Bonnet, a retired British army major with a large sugar plantation in Barbados, abandoned his wife, children, land and fortune; bought a ship; and embarked on a career as a pirate, earning him the nickname, "The Gentleman Pirate."

You Will Need

  • Manners
  • Grooming
  • Taste
  • Listening skills

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