This article is about Aristocracy and what it means to someone who may come across people with status and a lot of money. In countries in the Western world such as Benelux, the Nordics, the UK, Germany and France, aristocracy refers to upper-class people; people with a lot of money, heritage, special values and attitudes towards success, beauty and capitalism. When the aristocrats feel that you know how to “play by their rules”, you are more likely to “fit in” and be able to start a conversation and win their respect.
Upper-class people in the UK is not merely about wearing luxury products or driving around in expensive cars, compared with high-end people in north America who tend to value goods and business achievements more than dress, values, class manners and respected behavior. Etiquette rules are a very important part and we will cover that in our second session in this program. The elite class usually votes on the republicans in the USA and on right wing parties in Europe (not the labor party and not left-wing parties), and they favor capitalism and low taxes with zero inheritance taxes before socialistic welfare and equality among the mass. The upper class is extremely cautious about what areas you live in and how you convey your message when speaking with strangers.
Aristocrats often engage in education such as design, law and economics, and they join elite schools such as Eton college and King Edwards school in the UK. That is to say, if you learn everything you can come across about these schools and aristocratic occupations such as investment banker or offshore tax adviser, you will be able to have a conversation with someone who happened to have passed an elite school. How about starting a conversation like this: I read that King Edward’s school has changed its program to become a [……..]; how was it when you were a student at that school? People like talking about themselves and if they find out that you know something about their interests and education, this can be a very good ice breaker.
Aristocrats love playing golf, and tennis, and to watch dog racing, as well as, to play polo. Accordingly, stay tuned by reading newspapers and subscribe on magazines online, or start to practice golf or tennis on your spare-time. For example, in a conversation with someone who plays polo, you would be able to ask trendy questions and refer to latest news, and winners, which shows the other side that you “seem to belong to the same level” of people in the society. Upper-class people (the aristocrats) tend to like yachts and trips to Cannes, S:t Tropez and to go skiing in Charmonix or Valdesaire. These are very popular resorts for upper-class people and if you mention one or more of your former elite trips, by talking about how much you loved it, and how much delicious food and champagne you tasted, you will increase your chances of getting acceptance in the high flyer aristocracy societé; people with a lot of money and status.
In the USA, it is more about how much money you have, and what car you drive. But never talk about how much money you have. From a north western European perspective; be confident, but humble, and show a genuine interest in the other person by asking questions about hobbies, previous schools and latest business wins. In regards to clothing; the easiest way to learn how to dress with respect in an aristocratic manner is to visit Harrods upper class shopping mall in the UK and book a tour with a professional service agent who can teach you how to dress, how to walk and how to carry your accessories that is eye catching to people with a very sensitive taste of posh manners.
When it comes to values; upper-class people look up to citizens with connections and people who are invited to VIP parties and who appear on magazines and in “finest people” photo sessions. Upper class people visit VIP clubs and book dining tables with a backdoor entry to clubs, and they enjoy dining and wining at posh restaurants in luxury areas such as Chelsea in London. Upper class people often value friends with conservative values, high standards, and respected behavior, and with a hard and smart working attitude; someone who succeeds in life including investments and relationships. But upper-class people are not always the most honest people in the society! Many of these individuals engage in dirty business games, economic frauds and dubious tax planning arrangements, and belonging to a class says very little about a persons’ morale and honest attitude.
Written by Anthony Eric
Anthony Eric brings a wealth of knowledge in international business and he has gained 14 years experiences of how to communicate effectively, and how to plan and evaluate business projects for lowered risk and faster decision making. Anthony has been trained by international institutes in the USA, the UK, Ireland and Sweden and he provides business training and communication training for clients in business, and for clients who aim at succeeding in business. His expertise covers leadership, management communication, business planning and sales management. He currently holds an MBA (England) and BSc Engineering (Sweden) and he has gained 21st century skills and knowledge at global leading institutions such as: The British government, Deloitte, IBM, TietoEnator, Ericsson, Consulting firm Semcon, The Open University, King’s College London, Manchester Business School, The University of Birmingham, Royal Institute of Technology KTH and Harvard University in alliance with IBM Leadership Academy. Anthony is the author of the e-book project management success; available on amazon.com, and he is currently writing on his second book (kindle): an expat biography.
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