Uncommon Courtesy: The Basics of Good Behavior for a Badly Behaved World

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This book is the short slap to the back of the head most people need nowadays. In a world that's more likely to flip the bird than hold the door, it's their reminder of proper behavior. You'll receive a (re-)schooling in manners with lessons split up by situation, then tackled by topic. Each note corrects conduct that's become all too common, like . . .

Bad Behavior: Popping a piece of gum into your mouth midconversation, and stressing your ...

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Overview

This book is the short slap to the back of the head most people need nowadays. In a world that's more likely to flip the bird than hold the door, it's their reminder of proper behavior. You'll receive a (re-)schooling in manners with lessons split up by situation, then tackled by topic. Each note corrects conduct that's become all too common, like . . .

Bad Behavior: Popping a piece of gum into your mouth midconversation, and stressing your point by snapping it.
Courteous Fix: If you're going to have a piece of gum while talking to someone, be sure to offer your companion a piece—and keep your mouth closed as you chew. You want your breath to be fresh. Not your attitude.

It's a reminder that it wasn't always out of place to be polite.

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Many of us would probably welcome the return of strict etiquette protocols, when ironclad pronouncements ruled social interactions. Obviously though, those days are gone. In its stead are guidelines for good manners that constantly being reevaluated in informal situations. Jennifer M. Wood's Uncommon Courtesy sets out to better define this hazy terrain by addressing extremely plausible real life situations. Her suggestions for dealing with difficult situations are sensible and even if there are a few you disagree with, you can always bring them up as topics for polite conversation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440512032
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/18/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 999,237
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer M. Wood is a veteran journalist who's dealt with plenty of rude people in order to get a story. Her ability to remain polite in response to such behavior is one she wishes to share with the world.

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