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The Gentlemen's Guide to Dodging the 'Creepy Old Man' Stereotype



Today's podcast hopes to help educate my older male listeners from accidentally being perceived as that 'creepy old man' who might be giving off those 'get off my lawn!' vibes. So sit back, relax and allow me to explain the "Art of Not Being Creepy" and how to make people feel more comfortable around you. Think of it like social etiquette advice.


Maintaining a respectful and considerate demeanor can help prevent any misinterpretations of your actions or words. Here are some practical tips:

  1. Respect Boundaries: Everyone, regardless of age or gender, has personal boundaries. Be mindful of these and avoid invading personal space or insisting on physical contact if it isn't welcomed.

  2. Use Appropriate Language: Refrain from using suggestive, inappropriate, or sexist language. Stick to neutral or respectful terms when addressing others, especially younger individuals.

  3. Be Mindful of Your Gaze: Prolonged or intense staring can be uncomfortable for others. It's okay to make eye contact during conversation, but be mindful not to let your gaze linger inappropriately.

  4. Listen More, Speak Less: This doesn't mean you should keep silent, but listening more can prevent potential misunderstandings. Plus, showing interest in what others say makes you come across as considerate and respectful.

  5. Avoid Age-Inappropriate Comments: Joking about your age or the age of others can sometimes be seen as creepy or inappropriate. It's best to avoid such comments, especially in professional or formal settings.

  6. Keep up with Current Topics: This can show that you are open-minded and interested in today's society, and not stuck in the past.

  7. Respect Privacy: If someone doesn't want to share personal information, respect their decision. Pushing for information can make you seem intrusive.

  8. Positive Body Language: Smiling, open postures, and non-threatening gestures can make you appear friendly and approachable.

  9. Dress Appropriately: Dress in a manner that is age-appropriate and suits the situation. Wearing clothes that are too youthful may give off the wrong impression.

  10. Stay Updated with Technology: This shows that you are adaptable and willing to keep up with the times. This can also prevent misunderstandings, as a lot of communication these days happens online.

Remember that it's important to be genuine and authentic. You're not expected to drastically change who you are. Just be mindful of how your actions might be perceived by others and adjust as necessary.


Thank you for listening. I hope you enjoyed this gentlemen's guide to not being creepy.



(c) 2023 Christopher Meyer Law Firm, PLLC All Rights Reserved The information on this video is for general information, entertainment and educational purposes only. Nothing herein should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney client relationship Please call (281) 845-2472 if you have any questions about this disclaimer.

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