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About the Author

Patricia Rossi is "NBC Daytime's" national manners correspondent. She is also an etiquette coach, consultant, and public speaker with over twenty years experience in her field. Her nationally syndicated "Manners Minute" television segments air weekly on NBC, CBS, Fox, and ABC affiliates. She has been featured in USA Today and Guideposts, and is Twitter's #1 etiquette professional.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Original edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312604270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312604271
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
With an ever quickening pace, our society while very productive, seems to have abandoned proper etiquette, or at least has become far too casual in how we interact with each other forgetting boundaries, privacy and the like. Patricia Rossi's new book Everyday Etiquette: How to Navigate 101 Common and Uncommon Social Situations provides specific helpful advice for the common (manners at the table) and uncommon (social media) social situations we all must manage whether we are immersed in the technological world or not.

A few topics and glimpses of her advice regarding etiquette:

*Table Manners

o A visual description of an informal and formal table setting
o Bread course - when oil is on the table for everyone to use, spoon out a serving of oil onto your plate. Don't dip your bread into the common bowl.

*Social Media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Blogs)

o Facebook - avoid oversharing personal information and private emotions
o LinkedIn - Any professional requests on Facebook should be redirected to LinkedIn - keep Facebook for friends and family only.
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This book was short and sweet. It is a great refresher course for anyone interested in current etiquette (no 18th century rules in here!). The book really demonstrates how etiquette can promote strong relationships. The author shows how etiquette can get you ahead in life.

The book opens with an "etiquette quiz" and concludes with a "Q&A" portion. There are sample sympathy and thank-you letters included in the book. The majority of the book is a list of etiquette for common (and not so common) situations.

Here are some things that I learned from the book.

-The proper place to wear a name tag is on the right shoulder (sounds obvious but I always wore it on the left shoulder.)

-When inviting a guest to lunch, you should pick the restaurant as it puts too much pressure on the guest to decide (e.g. the guest may not know how formal or informal).

-When male and female business businesses colleagues arrive at a door, whoever is closest or arrives first opens the door.

-When introducing someone to a family member, you should typically say the other person's name first.
-In social situations, men are generally introduced to women (e.g. "Sarah this is Bob.")

-Never shake hands while in a seated or subservient position. Stand up, then shake hands. If a barrier is between you and the other person, such as a table, come around from the barrier for the handshake, never lean across it.

-Never ask someone "what they do"....rather ask how they spend their time.

-You should respond to facebook messages within 24 hours.

Overall, this book was really easy to read and it was a quick read as well. Highly suggest!
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Format: Paperback
I love this book! I always thought etiquette lessons were boring and stuffy, but Patricia Rossi's writing style is funny and engaging. Her advice is easy to understand and so worthwhile. I enjoy going to high level networking and social events, but in the past I've felt intimidated in terms of proper etiquette. It's such a relief knowing I now have a roadmap to navigate all kinds of social situations. This book is a must read for anyone looking to shine in business and life in general!
(I also think it would make a perfect gift for college grads).
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I truly loved this book! Look around you and you will notice the lack of respect in not only our youth but the adults as well. Many reasons for this lack of respect is the fact that etiquette is looked at as old fashioned or for the elite. This book was very refreshing in that it tackled the everyday situations where etiquette or better yet, manners are necessary. Patricia's way of teaching etiquette is unique and fun and something everyone will enjoy reading. This book does not focus on the pinky raising tea drinking etiquette it focuses on the everyday etiquette that we should all be implementing. Thanks Patricia for a fun way to teach not only our children but adults the proper way to navigate through our daily lives and relationships.
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This is a good book.

Just as is the case with other topics, you need several books on etiquette
so that they can complement each other. This book is less than 300 pages,
which is simply not enough for you to learn about proper manners.

I recommend Letitia Baldridge's books. If it's business manners you're looking for,
get separate books on the topic, too. One book I found particularly interesting and
helpful was "The Art of The Business Lunch."
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