Got couth? If not, get some.
Growing up in rural Georgia back in the day was a simpler time, endless days filled with playing tag and hide-n-seek, picking muscadines off the vine, wiping them off on your shirt before popping them in your mouth. Evenings spent chasing lightning bugs and putting them in a jar so you could extend their magical glow.
We were taught manners very young, there were no exceptions made for smart aleck responses or snarly attitudes. Please and Thank You were a main staple and you learned it, durn it! My grandfather said that people lacked couth when they were rude, obnoxious or showed selfish ways.
That still stands today as I see people struggling for control at all costs. No need for that really, especially in business. An agent called to express her opinion about an offer to purchase she sent. Someone submitted ahead of her and the seller accepted. As she began ranting, I politely told her I was hanging up now...
She could definitely use some couth but does she care? Most likely not. Couth would look very good on her but she is not about self-control, only self-results, however gained. Her number is keyed into my phone, a little notice, prior to letting it go to voice-mail. Much more pleasant that way.
Got couth? If not, get some. It'll do a business good!