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10 Steps To
Social Success

by Bonita Bennett

Always keep in mind that you are revered or avoided for what comes out of your mouth.  Therefore, choose what you say carefully.  Make sure your words are quality, sensitive, intelligent, tasteful, respectful, and honorable…and let your words be manifested or realized in your deeds

Never judge, criticize, or condemn in spoken terms.  What you think is a private matter. Never chastise someone else’s child without permission.

If  you don’t wish to answer a personal question for any reason, say…”I don’t wish to answer that question?” Never surrender your comfort level to satisfy someone’s curiosity.

Never ever agree to go anywhere, or do anything you really don’t want to do.  Express your true feelings. 

Never assume anything and let it consume your thoughts…or influence your actions.  Hold out for the facts before reaching a conclusion on any matter.

Never announce your accomplishments, achievements, or honors, unless you’re filling out an application or doing a resume.  Humility is sexy.

Never spend your time, energy, or money with someone who does not make you feel good as a person.

Never pretend to be where you are not on the social ladder.  And if you are on a high rung, don’t showcase it.  Success and social standing speak for themselves.

If you have to say NO…say it graciously.  If said rightly, a NO can sound like a regret with acceptable reason.

It’s important to look good.  But this can be a blur if one’s manners and actions are not in sync with the rest of the picture.  Example:  An expensive suit does not go well with a filthy mouth or an unclean odor.

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