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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Etiquette, 3rd Edition (Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)) Paperback – September 7, 2004

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Lots of bright and breezy text, quick tips and a good section on business etiquette. -- Dallas Morning News, 11/2/97 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Mary Mitchell, Ms. Demeanor herself, takes you through Y2K and beyond with The Complete Idiot's Guide to Etiquette, Second Edition. Topics covered include gifts and e-commerce: can you "wrap" an electronic gift?, telecommuting and the home office: the impact on family and friends, and volunteering: the fine line between being Mother Theresa and Lady Bountiful. This title also includes an updated section on weddings, plus tips from the expert on dining on the run, takeout, new tipping systems, and manners at Mickey D's. Other topics include privacy, diversity, and harassment issues on the job, E-mail etiquette and computer manners, and saying the right thing--is small talk dead? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: ALPHA; 3 edition (September 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592572618
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592572618
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,434,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kenneth Brewster on May 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
For those who feel this Guide dwells too much on the "obvious" to the detriment of the comprehensive, I might recommend something like the dictionary-size Emily Post's book of Etiquette. But I grew up in the working-class American culture (think trailer parks, country music lyrics, and "po' white trash"). I've made very serious social blunders not knowing unstated "rules" that many (most?) middle-class people believe to be "obvious". Two college degrees did not teach me these rules. Praise God for the Complete Idiot's Guide to Etiquette, which explains the "obvious" with sympathy and clarity.
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This is a simple-to-read, fun way of learning about the niceties of social behavior. Mary Mitchell writes with wit and wisdom as she leads us through an area that has been neglected for too long. Learningful and fun reading. I learned (or remembered) much. Thank you Ms. Mitchell for this book.
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I found this book to be quite thorough while maintaining an interesting and friendly style. Etiquette is still very important in our rather relaxed, modern lifestyles. It is not only for the elite, it if for everyone. It helps us to respect ourselves and others. This guide will help you understand and practice proper etiquette and feel far more comfortable and at ease in almost any social setting. My only misgiving was that it was very American focused (most understandable considering it is an American publication). However, whether you are American or English, there is something here for everyone.
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By A Customer on June 2, 2001
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This is a wonderful book and essential for anyone who cares how they present themselves to others. Etiquette is a dying art that definately needs a comeback. Email and answering machines have killed the personal written letter and thank you notes. For those of you that think a thank you via email is appropriate, you definately need to buy this book!!!
Worth every penny!
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Seems like common sense to so many. Yet it's amazing how many people were not brought up and taught simple manners! They're impulsive and out for what they want! Manipulators anyone??
Example here:
The obvious users who hint and try to get an invite to your home for their own benefit. Come on people! We can see right through you!
If you don't get a direct invite, it so low - class and ignorant to think someone wants you at their house. Don't ever do it. If you do. You have just been labeled as a user, plain and simple. Which you are. Yes, you are. No invites a coming - ever. Why? You're pushy, creepy, weird, dense, and have no social class. Even though you think you do! You're putting on airs!
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Nice book. It addresses to a number of social situations in a simple, funny and didactic way. A must to have to imporve your manners
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