From Clueless to Class Act: Manners for the Modern Woman

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Have you ever debated what to do when an acquaintance has a piece of broccoli stuck in her teeth, wrestled to find the right words to express condolences, or struggled to extricate yourself from a lengthy telephone conversation as the work mounts on your desk? From Clueless to Class Act: Manners for the Modern Woman offers solutions to such challenges, showing you how to glide through potentially embarrassing situations with grace and poise. Whether you long to feel more at ease when interacting with friends and ...
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Overview

Have you ever debated what to do when an acquaintance has a piece of broccoli stuck in her teeth, wrestled to find the right words to express condolences, or struggled to extricate yourself from a lengthy telephone conversation as the work mounts on your desk? From Clueless to Class Act: Manners for the Modern Woman offers solutions to such challenges, showing you how to glide through potentially embarrassing situations with grace and poise. Whether you long to feel more at ease when interacting with friends and acquaintances or wish to make a favorable impression in your professional circle, this user-friendly resource is a must for successfully making your way in today's world. Plus, this handy guide includes a tipping table and a "dining survival" card that you can tear out and stash in your purse for quick and easy reference.
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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: 9781402739767
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 4/11/2006
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 606,956
  • Product dimensions: 8.26 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.89 (d)

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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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