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Interest in etiquette is on the upswing


Published: Tue, September 27, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.


Improving social skills instills a feeling of confidence.
KNIGHT RIDDER
Don't bet the farm on it. But maybe, just maybe, good manners are on the upswing.
The New York Times reports that etiquette training seems to be in high demand. There are no hard numbers for evidence, but etiquette consultants tell the Times they are getting increased calls for their services.
Colleges are offering etiquette seminars. And booksellers such as Barnes & amp; Noble and Borders report an increase in sales of etiquette books.
Some people believe improving social skills on everything from holding a fork to making conversation will give them more confidence. Some think training will give them an edge in competition for jobs and dates.
It may also be an offspring of the times. Young people spend so much time on computers, they haven't had time to polish one-on-one graces.
Demand for instructors
Peggy Post, the etiquette guru and great-granddaughter-in-law of Emily Post, told the Times that busy working parents had not taken time to teach their children how to act. Some parents call in etiquette instructors to coach their children during the tough coming-of-age time. Also, cell phones and e-mails present a challenge in proper behavior. For instance, how do you politely quiet a loud cell phone conversation? Or slow down the gum chewing?
The overall goal, noted one instructor, was to be cool, calm and collected in a social situation. It's a state we wish for all of us.


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