Tebow, Cyrus voted best manners
Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.
Whoever coined the term "nice guys finish last" obviously never met Tim Tebow.
The "Ten Best-Mannered People of 2007" as named by the National League of Junior Cotillions:
1. Hannah Montana (Miley Cyrus) for being a positve role model for young people.
2. Tim Tebow for displaying good sportsmanship on and off the field.
3. Reese Witherspoon for setting high standards of excellence as an actress.
4. Tony Dungy for his example of humility and politeness.
5. Rachel Ray for the warmth and kindness she extends to her guests.
6. Brett Favre for his perseverance as an athlete.
7. Marie Osmond for her positive influence as an entertainer.
8. Billy Graham for his life of integrity and dedication .
9. Laura Bush for her commitment to family values.
10. Tiger Woods for inspiring young people to achieve their best.
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The record-breaking Gator quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner recently earned praise for something other than his superhero stats.
For "good sportsmanship on and off the field" Tebow was voted the second "best-mannered person of 2007" by the National League of Junior Cotillions. Teen sensation Hannah Montana, aka Miley Cyrus, earned first place.
The Top 10 list, which commended the most courteous athletes, entertainers and public figures in the country was determined by thousands of Junior Cotillion students and directors nationwide.
"Tebow has strong personal values and integrity that come out in the way he treats his fans and fellow players," said Anne Colvin Winters, NLJC Executive Director. "He's a gentleman."
The National League of Junior Cotillions is an etiquette and social training program for young people that focuses on teaching manners, ethics and ballroom dance.
In addition to Tebow, Colts head coach, Tony Dungy, football player Brett Favre and golfer Tiger Woods were recognized as sports figures who serve as positive role models.
"A lot of our students are sports enthusiasts. They look up to athletes," Colvin said. "We wanted to honor the actions that don't gain as much attention from the press."
She hoped the celebrity-studded list will inspire more young people to think about how they treat others.
"Good manners is not just simple old-fashioned politeness. It symbolizes your upbringing," said Edmund Kellerman, senior lecturer in the University of Florida Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication (and one of Tebow's former instructors).
For example, saying "yes, sir" and "no, ma'am" in the South implies that you successfully learned the lessons your parents and teachers worked to instill. People pick up on this and appreciate it, Kellerman said.
Even the most subtle gestures (holding a door open for the person behind you, letting someone speak without interruption, firmly shaking a person's hand, etc.) make lasting impressions that significantly influence how a person perceives and responds to you.
"You've heard the old expression, â€òYou catch more bees with honey than with vinegar,'" Kellerman said.
Rhetorically sensitive people, those who keep the audience in mind during converstions, are often more persuasive, he said.
After running into Tebow on campus during the week of the Heisman trophy ceremony, Kellerman said the man of the hour chose to talk about how his professor was handling final exams instead of his recent achievment. In an "age of incivility" behavior like that stands out.
In business and sales, attention to social etiquette can help create an atmosphere of respect and trust, Kellerman said.
"Most of my business and sales friends say that their success is less about the deal they broker but more about a client relationship based on respect, good listening skills and observance of the rules of etiquette," he said.
In today's society, as countless "old-fashioned" courtesies are phased out by younger generations, good manners are especially powerful, Colvin said.
"Being kind and considerate never goes out of style."
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