MISTER MANNERS, THOMAS P. FARLEY
His business etiquette training workshops and keynotes for banks, law firms, universities and Fortune 500 companies are engaging and memorable, offering strategies for getting along and getting ahead. Among his clients have included the United States Department of Commerce, the Estée Lauder Companies, JPMorgan Chase, the Walt Disney Corporation, Wells Fargo, the American Automobile Association (AAA), the U.S. Army, Viacom and New York City's Economic Development Corporation.
Mr. Farley is a regular and popular guest on the NBC Today show, where he speaks on matters of modern-day etiquette—subjects from “avoiding awkward hugs” to “what not to wear at a company beach outing.” His insights appear regularly in other media outlets as well, including Dr. Oz, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Wired and Money magazines, USA Today, CNN, VH1, ABC and on radio stations across the country.
Throughout 2011, he served as an ongoing host for the daily call-in program Living Today on the Martha Stewart Living Radio network. He also helped launch that channel’s “Manners Monday” segment, which focused on matters of contemporary etiquette. He has been a guest lecturer at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and edited the anthology “Modern Manners: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Social Graces.”
A graduate of New York’s Fordham University, Mr. Farley says these are challenging times for good etiquette: “In this age of constant connectedness and digital distractions, practicing polished manners and remaining attentive is more difficult than ever.” And yet, he explains, “Individuals who make a habit of respecting others and putting people over pixels are the ones who have set themselves apart for success.”