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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (July 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470120347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470120347
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,179,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"a useful handbook for negotiating the 'do's and don'ts' of office culture." ( Accounting Technician, November 2007) --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

From the Inside Flap

Imagine if life came with a handbook to help get you through just about every potentially awkward, stressful, or over-the-top situation, with humor, grace, and dignity intact. Life doesn't come with a handbook—but now business does. In Career and Corporate Cool, style and marketing maven Rachel Weingarten defines and details the elements necessary to succeed and stand out in the modern work environment. It's filled with witty and user-friendly advice on building your personal brand equity in the business world while staying true to yourself. A hybrid of business and style, it's a cheat sheet for your professional life, with fun and helpful anecdotes from people who've been there.

While an off-color joke generally won't play in a cubicle environment, it can be a job requirement for a professional comedian. Fortune 500 companies tend to frown on perceived sexual harassment in the workplace while massage therapists touch naked strangers on a daily basis. Career and Corporate Cool helps you understand not only what's appropriate and acceptable in your own work environment, but how best to translate and incorporate your personal style into the accepted mix.

Proving that smart business and great style aren't mutually exclusive, Weingarten covers topics that help you define and refine crucial elements of your professional persona:

Communication Skills—from the basics to the personalized details that get you noticed

Networking—which contacts are worth pursuing, and how to initiate, create, and maintain relationships

Fashion, Beauty, and Grooming Advice—translate your day-to-day look to a polished style that best suits you

Quizzes and Worksheets—to help you evaluate your cool quotient

Business Etiquette—social rules and tools to ease you through every situation

Gender Differences in the Workplace—navigate the differences between male and female work styles

Advice from Experts—learn from their successesand failures

For most people, careers happen in the daytime while cool is for after hours. With common sense and a sharp sense of humor, Weingarten helps you add effortless cool to all elements of your work life. Career and Corporate Cool is a must-have reference manual for the desk set.


More About the Author

Hi everyone, so glad that you've decided to visit my page. My new book "Ancient Prayer: Channeling Your Faith 365 Days of the Year" won't be for sale on Amazon, so you'll have to search for it elsewhere or visit the book site http://ancientprayerbook.com.

In addition to Ancient Prayer, you can find my other books here. I'm the author of two award winning books: Career and Corporate Cool® an Entrepreneur magazine pick for one of the five top career books of the year and CareerBuilder pick for best career book of the year and Hello Gorgeous! Beauty Products in America '40s-'60s a NY Public Library pick for best book of the year. Hoping to re-issue Hello Gorgeous! later this year.

I'm a noted marketing and personal brand strategist, pop culture and trends expert and president of Culet Marketing.

I'm always interested in connecting with interesting people and projects, so feel free to drop me a note and say hi. I also lecture at top universities including New York University and Fashion Institute of Technology and am a fun and engaging speaker.

There are lots of places to find me online:
My Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/RachelWeingarten
Follow me on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/rachelcw
My online hub is at http://racheletc.com you can find out more about me/my bio and other websites there.




Customer Reviews

This book is fun to read and chock full of information.
Stephanie D.
What a refreshing book for those who want to be their own boss by starting a business, or those who live to be a super-cog in the great wheel of corporate empires.
Christopher L. Simmons
(I don't think I've ever read a business book in one sitting before LOL) I also liked that each chapter was great as a stand alone.
J. Silber

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. Silber on August 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I should re-read this because it was written in such an easy to read fashion that I breezed through it without really studying the great advice the way I wanted to. (I don't think I've ever read a business book in one sitting before LOL) I also liked that each chapter was great as a stand alone. I find myself picking up the book and reading at any point and getting something out of it. I also really enjoy reading memoirs so I was delighted to see all of the personal anecdotes that describe Weingarten's road to success. There were so many situations touched upon that affect women in the work world. I think next I'd like to read certain situations discussed more in depth- like how she talks about doing damage control.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Groner VINE VOICE on August 14, 2007
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Weingarten says she wrote this book as a hybrid between a business how-to book and a style book. Unfortunately, it does not really succeed as either.

The author too often adopts a cutesy, overly familiar tone with her readers that detracts from the book's impact and seriousness. For example, she writes on page 179, "I'm about to tell you a little secret. I know that I can trust you with it, because I feel we've gotten to know each other quite well over the past few chapters." This can be off-putting to many readers.

Secondly, Weingarten is quite star-struck, often tossing off references to Caroline Kennedy, Cher, David Beckham, and other celebrities in contexts where they really aren't necessary.

Thirdly, the book is quite New York-centric. Most of Weingarten's examples are taken from New York's fashion and other industries, and some of her style advice would not apply well in the American heartland.

Fourthly, the book contains several misspellings and factual errors. Well-known names such as Parris Island and Rahm Emanuel are misspelled, and the invention of the telephone is placed nearly three decades too early.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Brianne Carneck on August 14, 2007
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If you're looking to be bored senseless or to read a rehash of the same tired business rhetoric- this book is not for you. If you're looking for snappy writing, an understanding of what women working their way up in the workplace face on a daily basis, and some advice that is easy to integrate into your life- then this is the book for you.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie D. on August 10, 2007
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Reading this book is like finding a new best friend. A very cool best friend, mind you, who will share her tips on everything from understanding corporate culture to hosting a successful event. Weingarten details how to turn up the volume on your career savvy quotient without getting lost in the shuffle. This book is fun to read and chock full of information.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Susan T. Lennon on August 2, 2007
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This book is a fabulous resource no matter where you are in your career (or life). It's fun, funny and informative. I love the tone, the "entre nous" feel of it and the literary references. I tossed all my other books aside to read it last night. Kudos to Rachel for a masterful combination of solid research and credible, compelling personal experience.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Christopher L. Simmons on August 3, 2007
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What a refreshing book for those who want to be their own boss by starting a business, or those who live to be a super-cog in the great wheel of corporate empires. Really entertaining, witty, and insightful. even though I am one of the "experts" found in the pages of the books for my own snappy thoughts, I hadn't known anything else about the book until my pre-ordered copy arrived last week. (I had to finish Harry Potter's finale first ...) -- loved it!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sharon A. Waldrop on July 27, 2007
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Reading this book should be a prerequisite for anyone entering, staying in, or leaving the workforce. The advice and practical tips can help all of us in our personal lives as well. On a professional note, the dozen or so years that I spent in human resource management would have been so much easier if everyone knew how to dress and behave. Where was this book then? Weingarten tells readers everything they need to know about business etiquette from head to toe, in the office or out, and she does it with a style that is entertaining and enjoyable to read. This book would make a perfect gift for the cool who want to get cooler as well as an irritating co-worker who can't take a hint. I loved the Day to Night transition that begins on page 117. There's nothing like leaving the house at 7:30 a.m. and coming home after midnight and still looking good. This book will help readers look and act their best around the clock.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Gina Roberts-Grey on August 19, 2007
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I loved this so much, I gave a copy to a friend who needs the guts and gumption to become a business owner. It's got something for every women thinking about, or already in the business world1
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