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2012 The Most Polite People of Utah
A new contest aims to reward people with good manners.
To celebrate April as National Manners Month, the Utah Project for Manners and Civility is holding a contest to find the most polite people in seven categories:
Most polite child (12 and under);
Most polite teen;
Most polite neighbor;
Most polite professional athlete;
Most polite amateur athlete;
Most polite business person/employee;
and most polite politician.
"Can you imagine what our country could look like if for one month each year everyone in our nation focused on good manners -- respect, kindness, the golden rule and an attitude of gratitude?
"People would be polite, no road rage, no schoolyard bullying, no harassment or dishonesty in the office. Families would be strengthened as children learned the value of honoring and respecting their parents and elders and of each of us being kind to each other."
To nominate someone, in 100 words or less explain why a person with great manners, kindness and good character deserves an award.
." Nominations can be sent to Etiquette4me@hotmail.com
The deadline for submissions is June 30th
2012 NEIGHBORHOOD CONTEST
Many of us grew up singing along with our friends from Sesame Street, "Who are the People in Your Neighborhood?"
Fast forward to today... Do we know the people in our neighborhood? The names of our next door neighbors? Our mailman? The check out lady at the grocery store? Our Librarian? Our Mayor and elected officials?
When we know our neighbors and greet them by name, our communities take on a whole new dimension of kindness and caring. People feel valued and important. When people know that you care, they'll be there for you when you need them. When children and teens know the names of their local merchants, they are less likely to steal from someone they know... nor will they be disruptive or do graffiti on their property.
Let us know if YOUR community would like to host your first "Meet Your Neighbor!" Contest
In this community contest, which could be sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce and City Hall in each city, people of all ages would be encouraged to visit their neighbors, the local businesses, City Hall, Library, Police Headquarters, Fire Hall etc. to get their "passport" stamped. (The passport could be re-printed in the local paper, and sponsored by local businesses, so everyone could get a copy, or can be picked up at local businesses or government offices." All completed passports would be put in a city-wide draw for great prizes.
How to Complete your Passport
In order to get your passport stamped, each guest to the business or government office would greet the merchant or staff person with a firm handshake and a smile, and then introduce themselves politely.
A good guideline to follow is "The Five Steps of Awesome Introductions"...
The Five Steps of Awesome Introductions
- Look directly into the person's eyes.
- Smile and Be Friendly.
- Shake hands firmly
- Say "Hi it's nice to meet you!"
- And have good conversation!
- After the merchant introduces him/herself, then the customer would get their passport stamped. (Each merchant could also offer his/her own draw within the store—a great way to collect customer emails and phone numbers for later relationship building with their customers!)
Completed Passports could be turned into any branch of the local libraries or City Hall by a certain deadline.
Benefit for Merchants
More families and customers would be coming into their establishment... and the staff would get to know your customer's names, thereby building customer loyalty.
Judy a VP of Human Resources for Cascades Entertainment, where Judi was the keynote speaker for their grand corporate opening for their 500 employees, said
"customer service IS manners!")The manners club