Thanks to Commissioner Oliver Gilbert for taking the time to interview with Peerless Etiquette Classy Chronicles. At Peerless Etiquette we think it’s important to provide civility and etiquette advice and guidance to our youth from more than one perspective. We value the wisdom and guidance of our community leaders, and we believe our young people would benefit from tips on social etiquette and leadership skills from them. During our Youth Etiquette Essentials courses, we share these interviews with young people. We look for dynamic individuals to interview so we are continually offering advice from varying perspectives that are rooted in experience backed by a track record of character and integrity. Thank you for helping us share the gift of civility and the power of etiquette.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born and raised in the area that is Miami Gardens. I'm an attorney and former Mayor of Miami Gardens, I currently serve as the Commissioner of Miami Gardens.
Who is someone (living or dead) that you feel embodies/embodied outstanding etiquette ?
My Father Oliver Gilbert Jr, he was the perfect gentleman.
What skills or attributes must come naturally, or be inherent to a man?
I'm not sure that skills come naturally, I believe that most things can be taught and learned. Character and courage are essential.
What is one thing you learned later in life, that you wish you were taught sooner?
Nothing is impossible.
List three ways a young man can show his respect for himself and others.
1. Young men can show respect through their appearance.
2. Thinking before they speak
3. Treating others kindly (especially those that may be weaker or susceptible to harm)
What is the best etiquette advice you have ever received?
Chew with your mouth closed.
Do you believe there is power in developing social skills? If so why?
Yes. Good social skills make it easier to build report and accomplish many goals.
Share one grooming tip and one style tip with a young man that works for you.
Don't be afraid to wear color.
Please share with us your favorite quote.
What is one vintage rule of etiquette or decorum that young man can benefit from
Always open the door for ladies.
What is chivalry and why is it important to learn?
Being courteous and considerate towards women.
Provide three ways a young man can protect himself without violence.
1. Be situationally aware.
2. Be mindful of the company you keep.
3. Be comfortable walking away.
Share the name of a book, and author that you believe will inspire a young man to become a better version of himself.