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What Suzi Quatro, Good Manners, And YOUR Business Have In Common

by Pete Godfrey · 10 comments

What Suzi Quatro, Good Manners, And YOUR Business Have In Common

Okay, I may be showing my age here, but if you’re over forty and listened to Rock music as a kid, chances are, you’ve heard of Suzi Quatro.

Suzi’s the quintessential “Rock Chick” and she’s still performing today at the ripe old age of 60.

Anyway, Suzi had a song called: Your mama won’t like me. The song went something like this:

So don’t take me home baby… cause your mama won’t like me.

Ah, classic Rock lyrics there.

I had the same trouble growing up myself.

A few of my friends’ parents didn’t like the idea of their precious children hanging around young Pete Godfrey… might lead them astray. But one thing always saved me… my manners.

I remember my mum telling me about a conversation she had with one of my mate’s mothers. Apparently she told mum: “Look, we all know Pete’s no angel, but his manners are exceptional. He’s welcomed at my place any time.”

So, what’s this reminiscing got to do with you and your business?

Well, just about everything.

That’s because good old fashioned manners seem to be a dying commodity in this high-tech 21st century. People are becoming rude, self-centred, hiding behind a computer spewing poison into the ether. It only takes a quick glance at Facebook to confirm how rude folks are behaving.

But get this: Even today, good manners can take you places. Good manners can build a BOOMING business, get you networking with high achievers, and gives you the moral foundation to build a successful life.

Manners are your key to wealth!

It’s a lesson I’ve been freely sharing with my kids over the years. But not lecturing them on it. I don’t sit them down on the bed, one hand on my hip and the other hand demonstrating the lesson with a pointed finger.

No, nothing like that.

Just in casual conversation.

Telling them stories.

Teaching them in a fun way.

I suggest if you have children you do the same; because I know I’ll be doing it with my kids.

And, I would love to hear your take on this.

See ya next week,

Pete Word Wizard Godfrey

P.S. This post has been updated from a recent newsletter article.

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Bret Thomson May 11, 2011 at 11:13 am

So true Pete…

My 3 boys have been tarred with the same brush… Their “manners reputation” around their friends parents is nothing short of legendary. Makes me proud.

If only they’d carry into their own home as well, haha… any tips on that?


Pete Godfrey May 11, 2011 at 11:29 am

Hey Bret, your kids are cool mate and yeah they have great manners and that’s a testimony to how they are raised. As for the home bit, mate, can’t help you there.


Lynika May 11, 2011 at 11:38 am

Hey Pete,

Couldn’t agree more, manners go the distance and have a huge impact in every way, be it home, social, business.

Of course it does, who wants to deal with someone who doesn’t have the basic motivation or know-how on how to be polite? I’m much happier handing over cash to someone switched on and well mannered than I am to someone clever, yet rude as all get up.

Even the basic P’s and Q’s can drive you so much further down the happiness or money road, yet something so simple and easy is so often overlooked.

It seems a simple thing and yet is becoming a lost art in many cases. I’ve seen it lacking from the grocery store to the stage and it’s sad. Not only do good manners impart a form of respect, they show a distinct intelligence no matter what your background or walk of life.

And…Suzi Quatro?!! Suzi was and is THE woman of rock!! And Na na na na na na your mama won’t like me is one of the ALL time favourites EVER

So thanks for the trip down awesome music lane matey, great to see Suzi’s name and that classic album cover flash up on your facebook link)

And thanks for posting a blog on Good Manners, about time someone brought that up.

Good on you Pete 🙂


Margaret Gill May 11, 2011 at 11:43 am

AND she still looks good in those tight leather pants!!! Once a rock chick always a rock chick.

I’m so with you on the manners thing – our eyes used to roll as kids as we were put through the paces but I thank my parents for the grounding. Having good manners helps overcome the “don’t know what you don’t know” thing as well. The number of .50c millionaires I’ve seen during my time in hospitality at a table pretending to be “posh” and holding their knife and fork like a demented zombie, stuffing their entree in their face like a two year old, with the desert fork – all the while pretending they understand a five star environment. As sad as it is, that behaviour probably is not going to get them the sale either, nor will the bad manners displayed to the wait staff. Good manners get you into places silently and with ease and sometimes you will never know how you got in over everyone else….sometimes its a very small thing you did naturally that spoke volumes to those in the know.

On a funny note I’ve been talking with a Business Class Cabin Crew member throwing around the idea of teaching people who need to find out how not to broadcast your working class roots to the whole world each time you step out your front door and how to not make a silent dick head of yourself in classy environments. He was reeling off a whole swag of things they used to giggle at in the galley when they had frequent flyer members up the pointy end on an upgrade and then laughed and said but of course if you get a rock band on board they can just do anything and no one cares.

So I say long live rock n roll!!!


Clive Jones May 11, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Thanks for the trip down memory lane Pete – and yes… you are so right about manners in business.
This was a great headline too… being an old Suzi fan myself it got my intrigue… well done.


Alan May 11, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Hi Pete,

totally wee girls are always told to be mindful of their “pleases and thank you” and not interrupting when people are speaking… amongst other things…so they are always welcome over to friends houses to play and are seen as welcome guests. So the same principal in business and selling… if you want to be a “guest and not a pest”!!



David Krauter May 11, 2011 at 12:23 pm

manners is my middle name muahahahahha!


Monika Mundell May 11, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Hey Pete,

Suzi was never my kinda rock chick. Bring me the Stones any day. 🙂 Having said this, I get what you’re saying. Manners are a dying art. Sadly something’s gone wrong between the years our generation grew up and now. I dare say it’s our generation that let themselves down, failing to teach their kids good manners (the teens of today). I’m not saying every teen is rude. Far from it actually – there are plenty of well behaved young adults around. Strangely enough there are also plenty of rude older people.

My parents drilled me on manners 24/7: Don’t speak to elders unless you are spoken to first, don’t interrupt adults when they talk, say “thank you” more often, be respectful and courteous at all times, and the list goes on and on. If I’m thankful for one thing my parents taught me it’s manners.

We live in a throwaway society and manners have been thrown from a many homes. I believe our “always on… plugged-in… quick… rush”… behaviour has a lot to do with the lack of manners. Plus we have forgotten how to listen to others. Everything is about “me.” I went to a BBQ last night and our host took up about 90% of the conversation by herself. No one else had room to say anything. Go figure. Once we learn how to become better listeners and stop feeding our egos we will rediscover our manners.


Peter Redmond May 11, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Hi Pete
you are so right about good manners and caring for our fellow man (person to be politically right) as its been an asset both socially and in business for me……
Have a couple of other GEMS along similiar lines in relation to direct sales and i am available to tell your clients how to get more sales in this high pressure enviroment which goes against what a lot of learned people preach today !!!!! Being in my senior years have had many opportunities to prove and live my approach.
Keep up the great work you and Mal do !!!!!!


Christina May 12, 2011 at 12:08 am

Manners are the best!

I read a story online called the honest beggar where this child beggar asked a man for 5 cents and the man gave her 10 cents, and then she had such good manners that she bought him back the change 20 minutes later and gave it back to him.

He was so impressed that he asked where she lived, and him and his wife went to visit the family and they found them in terrible poverty so they bought them lots of food and helped them, and then 10 years later the guy went back to Manila, where it happened and he found that the same girl who was the beggar was now studying to be a nurse.

Talk about the power of manners!


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