Excuse Me, But I Was Next...:How to Handle the Top 100 Manners Dilemmas

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Have you ever been annoyed by cell phone yakkers, line cutters, or movie chatterers? Been confused about who pays at a restaurant? Received a gift you hated? Fumed over how to respond to a nosy question? America's etiquette expert Peggy Post comes to the rescue in this concise, readable handbook devoted to the top 100 etiquette issues everyone wonders about. You'll learn how to politely say "no" to difficult requests, how to introduce someone if you've forgotten his or her name, how to perform damage control for ...

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Overview

Have you ever been annoyed by cell phone yakkers, line cutters, or movie chatterers? Been confused about who pays at a restaurant? Received a gift you hated? Fumed over how to respond to a nosy question? America's etiquette expert Peggy Post comes to the rescue in this concise, readable handbook devoted to the top 100 etiquette issues everyone wonders about. You'll learn how to politely say "no" to difficult requests, how to introduce someone if you've forgotten his or her name, how to perform damage control for e-mail bloopers, and countless other strategies for handling life's awkward moments.

Additional highlights include:

Ten Conversational Blunders . . . Five Introduction Goofs . . . Top Dinner-Table Manners Goofs . . . Tipping Guidelines . . . A Family Gathering Survival Guide . . . How to Spot a Dud on the First Date . . . Playdate Etiquette . . . How to Be a Welcome Houseguest . . . How to Simplify Gift Giving . . . Dispelling Wedding Myths . . . and much more.

In "Excuse Me, But I Was Next . . . ," Peggy Post distills the essence of etiquette for today's world into the perfect portable book.

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The roster of Life's Little Irritations keeps expanding. Not only do we still have to cope with annoying neighbors, highway NASCAR drivers, movie motor-mouths, and supermarket line-cutters; now we have to deal with cell-phone exhibitionists and rotating group play dates as well. Peggy Post, Emily's great-granddaughter-in-law, has spent much of her adult life pondering these irritating pickles. In this breezy ready, she dispenses sensible solutions for 100 common etiquette dilemmas. Fresh, direct, and unpretentious.
Library Journal
Post, great-granddaughter-in-law of Emily Post and author of at least a dozen books on etiquette, is recognized as America's reigning etiquette doyenne. In this easy-to-read guide, she offers "scripts" and rules of engagement for dealing with what she considers the top 100 rude, thoughtless, and obnoxious situations one might encounter at work, at home, and in social situations. Most of Post's advice is born of good, plain common sense, but every reader will discover a means of getting out of at least one jam where he or she didn't know what to do. Here are solutions for the art of small talk, retorts to the top ten nosy questions, ways of finessing "name amnesia," and adoption etiquette, in concise Q&A format. The best news of all: it's ok to wear white 365 days a year. Although much of this ground (and more) is covered online in Post's "Etiquette for Today" column (www.goodhousekeeping.com/etiquette/peggy/) and in Good Housekeeping magazine, the focus on universal real-life situations makes this book a classic for most etiquette collections.-Deborah Ebster, Univ. of Central Florida Libs., Orlando Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060889166
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/3/2006
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 503,426
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Peggy Post, Emily Post’s great-granddaughter-in-law, is a director of The Emily Post Institute and the author of more than a dozen books. Peggy writes a monthly column in Good Housekeeping and an online wedding etiquette column for the New York Times.

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Excuse Me, But I Was Next....

How to Handle the Top 100 Manners Dilemmas
By Peggy Post

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Peggy Post
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060889160

Chapter One

Smooth-Talking Tips

Question:My wife's company is holding a holiday party next week and I'm the world's worst conversationalist. Any advice?

Answer:Take heart--most conversational blunders are committed by those who talk too much, not too little. Think before you speak. Have a list of possible topics in mind that will help get a conversation going. Avoid yes or no questions. "What are your plans for the holidays?" will take you further than "Are you traveling for the holidays?" Don't be afraid to introduce yourself, especially to another outsider, who may feel like a fish out of water, too.

The Fine Art of Small Talk

Some people just seem to have the gift of gab--they can chat up even virtual strangers with ease. Here's how to become a great conversationalist:

1. Be well versed on current events. Make it your mission to be a generalist. Read local and national newspapers and news magazines and watch TV news shows to bone up on events in your town and around the nation and world. Keep up on entertainment and the arts with general-interest magazines and TV. Know which sports teams are winning and which aren't.

2. Ask people for their opinions. Before you go to an event, think of a few questions you can ask at the start of a conversation.People usually love to be asked for their views on a subject.

3. Steer clear of controversial topics. Politics, sex, and religion are potential minefields. You want to start a pleasant conversation, not an argument.

4. Know your hosts. If you don't already know much about your hosts, learn their interests ahead of time. Are they into skiing, hiking, travel, computers? You can ask around, or check out pictures and other objects on display in your hosts' home for clues. Whether you are chatting with them or fellow guests, the hosts' interests can jump-start a conversation.

5. Practice, practice, practice. The people you meet every day--taxicab drivers, store clerks, UPS delivery personnel--can be conversation partners, too. The more you practice, the easier it gets.

6. Remember to listen. Put aside your worries about what to say next, and instead concentrate on what the other person is saying. He'll enjoy chatting with you much more if you're actively listening (that means eye contact and an occasional nod or brief comment). Plus, the conversation will flow back and forth more easily for you, since you'll be able to branch out from what he's just said. If you're truly at a loss, ask him a question and listen some more.



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