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“In Poised for Success, Jacqueline Whitmore explores the what, why, and how of being ready for and attaining success in practical and inspiring terms. It's a must-read for all those looking to get ahead!” ―Marshall Goldsmith, author of the New York Times bestsellers, MOJO and What Got You Here Won't Get You There

“Jacqueline Whitmore's book is not only informative (do you know what bespoke suits, cuillères, or barrel cuffs are?) it is heartfelt and entertaining. Jacqueline presents important concepts in a pragmatic and gracious way (read chapter 8), and balances it all with a tone that makes you want to meet for coffee.” ―Terri Morrison, coauthor of Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands: the Bestselling Guide to Doing Business in More Than Sixty Countries

“The #1 must-read book for anyone seeking the easy path to success and emotional prosperity. Poised for Success is exploding with so many powerful takeaways that my highlighter ran out of ink! Jacqueline Whitmore is the business world's best-kept secret!” ―Janine Driver, author of The New York Times bestseller, You Say More Than You Think: A 7-Day Plan For Using the New Body Language to Get What You Want

“Trust this book, live this book, treasure this book.” ―P.M. Forni, professor, Johns Hopkins University and author of the bestselling book Choosing Civility

“Why read Jacqueline Whitmore's Poised for Success? Because you want to do the very most and the very best with the time and the life you have. Because we all need direction and inspiration to achieve that. And because in these pages – in plain but powerful language – is the way to get there. Read it and see change. Read it and be changed.” ―Simon T. Bailey, brillionaire and author of Release Your Brilliance

“Jacqueline Whitmore's wisdom is simple, straightforward, and incredibly effective. Poised for Success will change your attitude and outlook on doing business with others while helping you become more successful. Relevant, inspiring, wise, and practical -- this is truly a MUST read!” ―Andrea R. Nierenberg, coauthor of Networking for the College Students (and Recent Graduates)

“For those of us fashion clods who need help getting ready for prime time, there is the amazing Jacqueline Whitmore. Poised for Success is a style makeover from the outside in.” ―Fawn Germer, global leadership speaker and bestselling author of Hard Won Wisdom and Mustang Sallies

“Read Poised for Success to discover exactly what poise is and how you can develop it. With this understanding you're able to present your best, connect from the heart, achieve high-touch in a world of high-tech, strengthen your business relationships, and achieve your greatest success.” ―Larina Kase, PsyD, MBA, author of Clients, Clients and More Clients, and coauthor of The New York Times bestseller The Confident Speaker

“Jacqueline Whitmore's Poised for Success helps business people be their best at work and in their personal lives. The insights and practical advice she brings to our modern day manner dilemmas are priceless.” ―Karen Leland, bestselling author of Public Speaking in an Instant: 60 Ways to Stand Up and Be Heard

About the Author

JACQUELINE WHITMORE is an internationally recognized etiquette expert and the founder of The Protocol School of Palm Beach. Her extensive client base includes the U.S. Department of Defense, Booz Allen Hamilton, Office Depot, The Hartford Financial Services Group, Deloitte, Merrill Lynch, Ernst & Young, Bloomingdale's, Sprint, and Burger King Corporation, among others.

Jacqueline is a popular guest on radio and television and her etiquette advice has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Real Simple, Fortune, and O: The Oprah Magazine. Jacqueline and her husband, Brian Gleason, live in Florida.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312600321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312600327
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Poised for Success is broken out into four parts: Presence, Polish, Professionalism, and Passion. Jacqueline believes that when mixed together, these are the ingredients that make a successful professional.

"... the ones that get ahead are often those who are able to muster enough courage to take risks and connect from the heart."

In her latest release, Jacqueline takes our hand and guides us through the maze of the business world. If you think your looks, your voice, and the manner in which you communicate make no difference in where you will end up in life... think again.

This isn't a preachy manual. This is a book that sheds light on how we are perceived by others no matter what industry we work in. A book that will become your friend. A book that I believe should be a required part of any business ensemble.

"Presence isn't something you put on in the morning and take off in the evening; it's a part of your essence."

Jacqueline helps us examine our appearance, the way we sound, the way we will ultimately market ourselves to the world. She teaches us to communicate from the "outside in." Helps us form, maintain, and grow professional relationships.

"Rise and Shine: you'll be impressed with the results, because others will be impressed with you."

But this book is more than just undeniably helpful tips. Weaved into the advice, are glimpses into the life of a woman who made herself what she is today - a success. Jacqueline shares personal stories from her life. Stories that show how she has put the knowledge gained over her lifetime to use.

In short, Poised for Success has become my everyday reference guide; the guide that will help me traverse the often daunting road of business, leading me toward my own personal success.
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I'm a fan of etiquette reference books because I tend to be old school in what I expect as acceptable and polite social decorum. That said, I'm also a tech-savvy GenY - I interact with most of my peers via social media. "Poised for Success" covers classic topics (appropriate professional dress) while also providing tips relevant to younger professionals in the early stages of their careers. For instance, Ms. Whitmore reminds us how to cultivate and maintain relationships with V.I.P. individuals -- most of whom are from a previous generation. My favorite part of the book is the discussion about networking. Poised for Success emphasizes the value of having connections who are different from ourselves. I agree. One doesn't grow much from being in an environment of people who mostly agree with your perspective. Getting insight from others who can provide you with perspective different from your own is how we most gain value from our networks! In addition, exchanging emails with Ms. Whitmore, I find that she practices what she has preached. She is a warm and friendly professional with a kind heart. Great reference book to have on one's shelf, and a must-read for young professionals.
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I would highly recommend this book as a "required read" for college students getting ready to graduate and make the transition into the workforce. I checked out 5 different books from the library on business etiquette and this one was, by far, the most professionally written, the most straight forward, and it offered intelligent, trustworthy advice. This one will be on my permanent bookshelf soon and I will continue to highly recommend this one to anyone looking to polish their professional etiquette skills.
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Another good book by Jacqueline Whitmore. Her points are clear and convincing. (I mean I have read two other business etiquette books and did not find their points convincing, or the authors just didn't explain or try to convince) I have her earlier book "Business Class" as well and it has helped me a lot as a relatively new immigrant trying to fit into this new work and social environment/culture! I mean a lot!
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"I discovered Poised For Success to be quite a rare find. Among all of the similar etiquette and self help guides lining the shelves, Poised rises above them all. It's particularly exceptional due to the fact that male or female, of any age group or of any social class, the reader will retain knowledge certain to enhance their life and the lives of those around them. Poised For Success is far more than a book, it's a road map to guide any and all to a fulfilling and more prosperous life. Dearly departed Emily Post certainly has some spirited competition and luckily it takes up less room on the book shelf!"
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Maintaining one's composure is a huge stride toward success whether it is in our personal or professional lives. It is by being disciplined and conscious in our decision making and being aware of the outcomes we wish to see down the road that can help us keep our poise. Last week's Why Not . . . ? post was inspired by the just released book by Jacqueline Whitmore Poised for Success: Mastering the Four Qualities that Distinguish Outstanding Professionals. And based on the comments many of you shared, it became apparent that poise is something that is very much valued but hard to achieve.

Whitmore's book simplistically, yet in great detail guides her readers through the four qualities necessary to achieve poise: Presence, Polish, Professionalism, and Passion. Not forgetting the male population, men as well are given tips on personal style and polish.

With sections on navigating social media essentials, the seven unwritten rules every professional should know, entertaining with elegance and ease, discovering and creating your personal brand, and fashioning your life with passion, this book is for anyone who is looking to maximize their potential no matter what their field or career choice.

Not only will discovering poise bring success at work, but it will also help to establish healthy, satisfying relationships in your personal life.

Recognized internationally as an etiquette expert, Whitmore has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Real Simple, Fortune and O: The Oprah Magazine, as well as many more recognized and respected publications. Now with this new book, she has written a resource that share bits of wisdom that can benefit each and every one of us.
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