From Clueless to Class Act: Manners for the Modern Woman

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Put your best foot forward with the help of this thoroughly modern and revised handbook on style and etiquette. Written with zest and humor, it's the unstuffy guide to life.  
 
Every woman wants to avoid those dreaded faux pas that turn off employers and coworkers, dates and friends. Fortunately, this female-centered guide makes mastering good behavior simple and fun. It explains ...
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From Clueless to Class Act: Manners for the Modern Woman

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Overview

Get a clue!
Put your best foot forward with the help of this thoroughly modern and revised handbook on style and etiquette. Written with zest and humor, it's the unstuffy guide to life.  
 
Every woman wants to avoid those dreaded faux pas that turn off employers and coworkers, dates and friends. Fortunately, this female-centered guide makes mastering good behavior simple and fun. It explains everything a lady needs to know to feel at ease no matter where she goes-from a business meeting to a romantic dinner, from a rock concert to a fancy wedding. What's more, this entertaining rulebook enlightens its audience on issues specifically encountered by women, such as how to ask a guy out; how to navigate the world of women's wear, from sensible work suits to the little black dress; and what the proper protocol is for applying makeup when in public.

Book covers such everyday quandaries as:
- Tipping via technology
- Frenemies at work
- Social media posting at lifecycle events, like weddings and funerals
- Social media and job hunting
- Social media and political postings
- Internet dating dos and don'ts
- Video interviewing
- Matching modes of communication to the message
- Tattoos, piercing, and other personal expression
- Clues and cues from body language and facial gestures
 

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Human resources professional Smith, president and founder of the etiquette consulting firm Mannersmith, here proves that mastering social behaviors can be fun and painless. Smith's refreshingly commonsense attitude that these social secrets are merely guidelines, not intimidating rules, makes the art of conducting oneself with poise and grace seem as simple as mastering a set of pointers. Though both guides cover much the same territory, e.g., gracious dining, meeting and greeting, life at work, staying in touch, and building relationships, chapters devoted to personal appearance, appropriate attire, and dating dynamics have gender-specific references. Smith's decision to split the guides along gender lines seems at times as old-fashioned as the nostalgically retro line drawings used to illustrate her tender texts. Females are coached on proper undergarments, makeup application, and meeting Mr. Right and males on boyhood bonding, tying bowties, and the art of gentlemanly behavior. Yet at other times, the author's sensitivity in addressing ethnic, religious, and multicultural matters is arrestingly au courant. This duet of genteel, user-friendly guides would be a worthy addition to most etiquette collections, especially those serving young adults.
—Deborah Ebster

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781454916420
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 4/7/2015
  • Edition description: New edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 782,021
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jodi R. R. Smith, president and owner of Mannersmith, is an etiquette consultant who creates and leads seminars on social and professional conduct. Working with individuals, corporations, and other organizations, she educates in a way that is both instructional and entertaining, helping her clients to increase their confidence levels and achieve success in today's world.
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  • Posted May 20, 2009

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    Another helpful guide for todays woman.

    I love this book. It's a part of my permanite library.

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