A Guide to Modern Manners with Mary Killen

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Across four very entertaining and very useful lectures, Mary Killen of the Spectator magazine, and more recently, Gogglebox star, gives the lowdown on how to behave at cocktail parties and dinner parties, along with advice on romance and conversation.

Mary’s ‘Guide to Modern Manners’ is designed for anyone, guest or host, who tends to feel anxious about party-going and party-giving. Armed with Mary’s tricks and tips, social anxiety will be a thing of the past.

Among other issues, Mary, the UK’s acknowledged expert on social etiquette, gives advice on escaping bores, remembering names, having fun on a budget, how to find love, the importance of kindness, timings and much more besides. Here is twenty years of study crystallised into four amusing and informative lectures.

“Having good manners boils down to treating others as you would like to be treated yourself,” says Mary. “You throw your civility and kindness on the water, and it comes back to you. Everyone is happier. I want to help you to enjoy your life.”

When you buy the course, you are given access to four half hour lectures which you may watch as many times as you like. Mary’s pupils will also receive four sets of printable revision notes which give key reminders of points covered in the course. And they will enjoy access to our community forums, where they may put questions to Mary or share tips with other students.


Part One: Drinks Parties

Mary tells us how both how to give the perfect drinks party and how to behave at them. She offers tips on how to escape people, how not too expect too much, and how to put people at their ease. Length: 28’17”.

Part Two: Dinner Parties

In which Mary gives fantastic advice on timings, guests, serving order, who to talk to and when, and more. Length: 32’03”.

Part Three: House Parties

The complete lowdown on house parties, including etiquette around tipping, wi-fi and other thorny issues. Length: 35’23”.

Part Four: Romance, Flattery and Conversation

On the art of finding love in the modern world, plus the importance of kindness. Length: 22’17”.