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Everyday Etiquette: How to Navigate 101 Common and Uncommon Social Situations Paperback – September 13, 2011
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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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Top Customer Reviews
A few topics and glimpses of her advice regarding etiquette:
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.Read more ›
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!
(I also think it would make a perfect gift for college grads).
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."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good present for young families, modern and common everyday use.Published 4 months ago by Susan L. Eaton
Just about every sort of social interaction imaginable is covered in the pages of this book with pointers on how to navigate what can be some very rough seas encountered in life.Published 8 months ago by DJ
Arrived promptly and in perfect new condition, as advertised. Haven't read the whole book, but early content is excellent.Published 8 months ago by Mary S.
This is a simple, easy to read, humorous book that is a helpful reminder for all of us to take the time to be kind and polite in our busy lives.Published 9 months ago by Cooper
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