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Don't Take the Last Donut: New Rules of Business Etiquette Hardcover – May, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Career Press (May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564149293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564149299
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Proper business etiquette is more than making nice with people you don't know or don't like. Bowman demonstrates how treating other people with dignity and respect, especially in business encounters, will pay rich dividends. It's not about you anyway. It's about them. It takes so little to make other people more comfortable (ie: cooperative) and it means so much."
--John Hoover, New York Times best-selling author of How to Work for an Idiot

"Don't Take the Last Donut is the quintessential guide for those who need to make effective people-connections in today's business world--and that's just about everyone. Bowman's advice is sharp, focused, easy to execute, and roll-up-your-sleeves practical. Her book is an essential read for those starting out and need a `how to' on business etiquette, or for even those who have been around awhile and should know better. This is a gold mine for those who follow through with Bowman's advice."
--Dean Philip Quaglieri, Dean, College of Management, University of Massachusetts, Boston

"Judith Bowman has written more than a book on manners and style. She's illuminated all the seemingly small leverage points that can make the difference between a great business relationship and a failed one. I wish I'd had this book ten years ago....there isn't a single page I didn't learn something from.....no one should enter the business world without this book."
--Steve Chandler, best-selling author of The Hands-Off Manager and 100 Ways to Motivate Others

"Much of Bowman's subject matter used to be taught in the home. Sadly that is no longer the case and this book will help the reader get through life politely, correctly, and successfully. Nuances will be a powerful tool in your career tool kit."
--Richard DeAgazio, president, Boston Capital Securities, Inc.

"Judith Bowman has penned the definitive guide to social and professional interaction. Striking at the heart of self awareness and emotional intelligence, Bowman provides a a step-by-step guide to social comportment for today's business executive seeking a competetive edge."
--Matthew Power, president, Risk Specialists Management, Inc., AIG

"This is the essential business guide for anyone in business, in the 21st Century."
--Michael Nitti, life coach/business consultant & former vice president, The Anthony Robbins Companies

"A readable code of manners that's certain to provide a kindness edge to anyone involved in today's fast-paced, high-tech business world. Don't Take The Last Donut is loaded with good, sensible advice on how to make a good, lasting impression on others and feel good about yourself."
--Bill Ketter, vice president for news, Community Newspaper Holding Inc., and senior vice president, Eagle-Tribune Publishing Co.

"If you want to make a great and lasting impression, Don't Take the Last Donut provides excellent advice for a wide variety of social and professional settings. With specific examples, Judy Bowman reminds us that we should never underestimate the power of properly presenting and conducting ourselves in the course of developing successful relationships."
--Steve Batza, executive vice-president, Liberty Mutual Group

About the Author

Judith Bowman, founder of Boston-based Protocol Consultants International, is a veteran of protocol education. She provides training, seminars, personal coaching, and speaking services for small and medium companies, as well as Fortune 500 firms. She works with corporate executives and political leaders. A graduate of Boston College, she has written articles for Forbes, CFO magazine, CNN Everyday Money, Women's Business, the Boston Business Journal, Self magazine, The Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, and others. In addition, she has authored a weekly etiquette column--"Everyday Etiquette"--for six years, which is syndicated throughout New England.

More About the Author

:Judith Bowman, founder of Boston-based Protocol Consultants International, is a veteran of protocol education. She provides training, seminars, personal coaching, and speaking services for small and medium companies, as well as Fortune 500 firms. She works with corporate executives and political leaders. A graduate of Boston College, her articles have appeared in Forbes Magazine, CFO Magazine, CNN Everyday Money, Women's Business, The Boston Business Journal, Self Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, and others. In addition, she has authored a weekly etiquette column--"Everyday Etiquette"--for six years which is syndicated throughout New England.

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Interesting and easy read.
Hannah
Judy tells it like it is in the world of business as far a social behavior is concerned.
Richard J. Deagazio
This is not a social etiquette book, but is very helpful for the business professional.
Troy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By FQHBOOKS VINE VOICE on December 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
Author Judith Bowman covers a lot of business etiquette in relatively few pages. I found her chapter about exchanging business cards especially informative, and her warning about showing the soles of your feet was quite interesting. (I didn't know some cultures find soles of feet vulgar and low, and it's insulting to be shown them.) I also learned there isn't gender differentiation for business etiquette.

This book is worth reading if you're new to giving business presentations or attending business meetings, or if you need to brush up on what's current in the business world.
Note: The book's title, which amused me and caused me pick up the book, set me up to expect a humorous book. It is NOT humorous. But it is not dry/dull either; it's a pleasant read. Also, Bowman states that you shouldn't take the last donut, but she doesn't say why.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Krykie VINE VOICE on May 4, 2012
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This is a great book for anyone that needs a little bit of extra confidence if they aren't used to business meetings and events (the places in which a tie, vice jeans, are worn). The rules aren't complicated, and the author uses common sense to explain when to do what, so the "rules" are easily remembered.
Must read for anyone, a perfect gift for graduation.
Recommended. BTW, I bought the paperback AND kindle version... so I can flip through some notes on the kindle when I'm on the road...the book is good enough that I bought it twice!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard J. Deagazio on May 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must read for anyone in business, no matter your age. Judy tells it like it is in the world of business as far a social behavior is concerned. Life is all about the small things and being properly mannered is very important. This book will allow you to be home-charm schooled !

Enjoy
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
DON'T TAKE THE LAST DONUT: NEW RULES OF BUSINESS ETIQUETTE is an important pick for any who would understand the protocols of business, from making a proper business introduction and creating a good first impression to handling small talk, conferences, and email. It's an important pick for any business library and also for any college-level library where students are entering the work world for the first time, covering all the latest basics of business etiquette and standards.
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By Norman Lacasse on December 9, 2007
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Every single piece of information necessary to "fit in" is written in this book. What would you do if you had to entertain the Vice President of your company ? It did happen to me. With the informations provided I was able to handle details like a pro. And, I am able to share some info with my team on how to take care of "high profile" clients. Extremely helpful !!!
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By Anny on February 28, 2014
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It was easy to read but so helpful. These are basic tips everyone should learn. I also appreciated that the author used personal stories where these tips helped her.
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