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    1. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High
    by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler, Stephen R. Covey
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    Asin: 0071401946
    Catlog: Book (2002-06-18)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill
    Sales Rank: 797
    Average Customer Review: 4.46 out of 5 stars
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    "Most books make promises. This one delivers. These skills have not only helped us to change the culture of our company, but have also generated new techniques for working together in ways that enabled us to win the largest contract in our industry's history."--Dain M. Hancock, President, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

    A powerful, seven-step approach to handling difficult conversations with confidence and skill

    "Crucial" conversations are interpersonal exchanges at work or at home that we dread having but know we cannot avoid. How do you say what needs to be said while avoiding an argument with a boss, child, or relationship partner? Crucial Conversations offers readers a proven seven-point strategy for achieving their goals in all those emotionally, psychologically, or legally charged situations that can arise in their professional and personal lives. Based on the authors' highly popular DialogueSmart training seminars, the techniques are geared toward getting people to lower their defenses, creating mutual respect and understanding, increasing emotional safety, and encouraging freedom of expression. Among other things, readers also learn about the four main factors that characterize crucial conversations, and they get a powerful six-minute mastery technique that prepares them to work through any highimpact situation with confidence.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding tool that gets results!
    As a coach to both individuals and groups, I see the very costly problems in the workplace that result from the important conversations that are not occurring because they are too hard or scary. The cost includes harm to relationships, careers and the bottom line. Both executives and high performance teams have been derailed by not addressing the dead elephants in the room. Crucial Conversations is absolutely the best book on the subject of difficult and critical communication. The book is very well organized, presenting clear steps to create an environment in which the hard conversation can happen. There are so many tools in this book that if it were not so well organized and presented in stages, the reader would be overwhelmed. The authors handle this very well - you can tell there was experience and expertise in adult learning informing the structure of the book. Why my clients and I become so excited about the book is its immediate results. You can start using the concepts and skills before you have finished the book! The foundations of making the environment safe - even for someone you may not like or respect is particularly effective. I have been very pleased with the results I have experienced - as well as my clients. Every leader should have this book on their bookshelf!

    A bonus to readers is the continued support from the authors on their website described in the book. There is a wealth of additional information, interactive reviews, assessments and even video vignettes that illustrate the learning points with relevance and humor. For those truly smitten, there are training courses available to assist in obtaining personal mastery or even to teach the material if desired. I recommend this book and Primal Leadership to top-level executives in the federal government and private sector. I, and they, have never been disappointed at the difference it has made. Enjoy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Crucial Conversations - Crucial Results
    I have read Crucial Conversations cover to cover 4 times now. The results in my business and my marriage have been amazing. The book is well written and easy to understand. It teaches step by step skills to help you master the content. Before reading this book, I thought influential people possessed a natural ability to effectively handle conflict. After reading the book, I now realize that there are specific skill sets that anyone can learn (and master) to effectively deal with these "High Stake," "Strong Emotions," and "Opposing Opinion" conversations.

    My confidence and productivity has increased in every area of my life (My business has increased by 30%-50% since I read the book the first time) and I am now effectively handling conversations with my wife that once caused constant upset.

    I would recommend this book for anyone 1) wanting increased results and 2) willing to have a profound breakthrough in how they communicate. It has made a profound difference for me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Packed With Knowledge!
    Wanna argue? Nope. Then you need Kerry Patterson and his co-writers, who describe techniques for effective negotiation and conflict resolution in the context of important, potentially life-changing conversations. Examples include talking yourself into a promotion, bringing up important information at meetings and working out problems with your spouse. Some tips will sound familiar, such as knowing what you really want and being open to alternatives. However, the book also highlights some themes that are often forgotten in negotiations, such as making it safe for others to express their true feelings and desires. The authors explain how to avoid getting forced into false either-or choices and tell you how to remain alert for unstated alternatives or possibilities. This lively book includes many examples drawn from business and personal relationships. We recommend it in particular to those are new to negotiations and conflict resolution, though it teaches solid skills that any manager - or any marriage partner, for that matter - could benefit from mastering.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent content, illustrated with clear diagrams
    I bought this book after I heard Dr. Glickman, the author of Optimal Thinking-How To Be Your Best Self, recommend it during an Optimal Thinking seminar. When I read that Dr. Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, recommended this book too I knew that this was going to be a life-changing book for me. I was right. This book has given me a formula for handling myself and others correctly during tough interactions. I am embarrassed to admit that I sometimes yelled and degraded people when I did not get what I wanted from them. Now I use optimal thinking to put my best self in charge, start with heart, look for safety problems, make it safe, retrace my path, and take the other steps recommended in this book. The steps are simple and clear. I am not perfect at them yet, and might never be, but I have already come a long way. You can't go wrong with this book, so press the "Buy" button right now, and if you want to optimize your effectiveness in all areas of life, buy the other books I mentioned.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Very basic common sense!
    I was lead to believe there would be some ground beaking information in this book but it's really just common sense. I think everyone knows, when they're thinking straight, that just being true to yourself, honest, and respectfull of other people while holding to your point of view is the only way to truly get things done. And this is basically all this book says. ... Read more

    2. Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised in Brief
    by Robert M., III Henry, William J. Evans, Daniel H. Honemann, Thomas J. Balch, Henry M. Robert
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    Asin: 0306813548
    Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
    Publisher: Da Capo Press
    Sales Rank: 4543
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    A concise and user-friendly guide to the essentials for conducting a meeting by the official Robert's Rules of Order authorship committee.

    In a club, a condo association, or a board of overseers, how is business carried over from one meeting to the next? How is a meeting best kept on track? Who keeps the order and who decides what the agenda will be in the first place?

    The answers to these concerns of assembly can be found in the rulebook of orderly meetings: Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised 10th Edition. But weighing in at over 700 pages, at least 80 percent of its content will be needed less than 20 percent of the time. Those not well versed in parliamentary procedure can find themselves lost while trying to get guidance on the everyday basics.

    The solution? Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised Concise. Written by the officially sanctioned Robert's Rules of Order authorship team, this short and user-friendly "cheat-sheet" of a guide briefs readers on the rules most often needed at meetings--from debates and amendments to votes and nominations. With sample dialogues, helpful references to the "big" book throughout, and handy tips for elected or appointed officials, Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised in Brief is the essential abbreviated meeting rulebook. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars User-friendly meeting guide
    This has to be the most user-friendly book I've seen, starting with the inside of the front cover. It says, "If you only have 30 minutes" then read certain chapters.

    Somehow these experts figured out what the rest of us would need to know and how we would be looking for it. Maybe they had a panel of non-experts to critique.

    There are chapters detailing what the words are that you use to make something happen and how to use those words. Best of all, everywhere you look there are copious examples.

    In the back are succinct tables of those same words and there is also a chapter on how to find the completely complete information on the topic in the big "Robert's" book

    Most of the book is concerned with what you need to know as a member of the group. There are separate chapters for an officer of the group, which contain the things that most of us don't need to know.

    This is not a book you'd save for a winter evening curled up in front of the fireplace. It's to tell you all sorts of things you'd really rather not have to know, but that you really need to know. I've already decided that mine is mine alone. Nobody is going to borrow it because it would never come back to me. ... Read more

    3. Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work & in Life, One Conversation at a Time
    by Susan Scott
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    Asin: 0425193373
    Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
    Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
    Sales Rank: 4015
    Average Customer Review: 4.07 out of 5 stars
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    The Wall Street Journal bestseller, now with new material.

    The master teacher of positive change through powerful communication,Susan Scott wants her readers to succeed. To do that, she explains, one must transform everyday conversations employing effective ways to get the message across. In this guide, which includes exercises and tools to take you step by step through the Seven Principles of Fierce Conversations, Scott teaches readers how to:

    € Overcome barriers to meaningful communication
    € Expand and enrich conversations with colleagues, friends, and family
    € Increase clarity and improve understanding
    € Handle strong emotions-on both sides of the table
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Fierce as in True
    If we have ever needed a book like this, now is the time. Just think what could have happened at Enron, WorldCom, etc. if people had been willing to talk to each other about what was really going on? This is both a "think about this" and a "here's how to use it" book that can give people the courage and tools to tell others what they are seeing and believing. Don't be put off by the title, Fierce does not mean you get to beat everyone up - it really is an invitation to, as the author says - interrogate reality. Susan Scott does an effective job in weaving her three big ideas about conversations through the book. The ideas are simple yet powerful and can change the way we talk both to ourselves and to others. She captured me right away with the first concept; that our lives (and work) succeed or fail one conversation at a time, including those conversations we don't have. The book is an easy read. The concepts are clearly presented both in theory and with amusing stories and, best of all, there are practical tips on how to use the information. I enjoyed reading it and putting the principles into action. I'll be giving copies to friends and colleagues. This is one of those books that belongs both at home and the office.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Fierce (robust) Book
    Fierce Conversation starts with the premise that "the conversation is the relationship" and we must have Fierce (robust) Conversation's in all of our relationships -- business and personal. It is far more encompassing then other recent conversation books on how to have "crucial" or "critical" conversations only.

    It's a guidebook on how to make relationships meaningful and successful. It's simplicity of focusing on "one conversation at a time" avoids the pitfall of a relationship deteriorating in Scott's words "slowly then suddenly".

    It's a book whose processes I am able to put into action immediately. I can readily see how starting with one conversation at a time will lead to mastery and enrich relationships. The examples are vivid and easy to visualize and remember.

    I actually look forward to having Fierce Conversations with my colleagues, customers, employees, and family.

    I highly recommend Fierce Conversations.

    Philip E. Fine
    Chief Executive Officer
    Premier Distribution Services, Inc.
    Somerset, NJ

    4-0 out of 5 stars What are you pretending not to know?
    Most breakdowns in life have some connection to conversations -- conversations not had, conversations that go poorly, or conversations not yet even imagined. There are a number of good books on conversations and this is one of them.

    I tend to refer my coaching clients to "Fierce Conversations" when they are having trouble getting motivated and avoid a lot of uncomfortable conversations (compared to recommending other books for those who botch difficult conversations).

    Susan's section on "stump speeches" is good for gaining clarity on personal vision (i.e., where are you going, why, who is going with you, and how will you get there?).

    Once clear on "where you are going," it's time to start noticing and speaking about what "you're pretending not to know" (otherwise known as breakdowns -- yours or others).

    Although "Fierce Conversations" doesn't cover the underlying emotions like "Difficult Conversations" or "Nonviolent Communications" do, or the styles under stress (silence or violence) as "Crucial Conversations" does, it does have some good discussion on "interrogating reality" (with an emphasis on questions and remaining curious) and identifying your own role in conversational breakdowns.

    Fierce, difficult, crucial, nonviolent -- whatever you call these conversations, they're at the core of all meaningful relationships. I can definitely recommend "Fierce Conversations" to the mix of books on skillful conversations.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Packed With Knowledge!
    This book offers numerous useful principles that will help anyone become a better conversationalist and a more responsive listener. Read carefully because gems of very valuable content are scattered through the entire book, a sentence here, a quotation there, buried in long, interesting digressions about the author's life, people she's known and clients she's worked with over time. A judicious editor could have made a very sharp and effective pocket book out of this material, which is about managing intense, strong discussions with skill. As it is, you'll have to do some digging, but you'll have a perfectly good time doing it, particularly if you are a fan of New Age mantras and can handle a little touchy-feely vocabulary. We assure you that the lessons you'll learn about conversations - including fierce ones - will stand you in good stead.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not as Helpful as "Difficult Conversations."
    I listened to both this and "Difficult Conversations." I found that "Diffiicult Conversations" offered much more helpful, concrete advice, and the material was much better organized. I was disappointed that the emphasis of "Firece Conversatons" was almost entirely on business related conversations. Example after example focused on her executive clients. After listening to this program, I felt no more prepared for conversations with friends and family than before. There were a few helpful ideas, but they were presented much more clearly in "Difficult Conversations." "Difficult Conversations" gave me real, practical strategies that have made a big difference in my ease in bringing up tricky conversations and working through them with positive results. ... Read more

    4. Emily Post's The Etiquette Advantage in Business 2e : Personal Skills for Professional Success (Emily Post's Etiquette)
    by Peggy Post, Peter Post
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    Asin: 0060760028
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
    Publisher: HarperResource
    Sales Rank: 10391
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    As today's workplace becomes increasingly more competitive, knowing how to behave can make the difference between getting ahead and getting left behind. In The Etiquette Advantage in Business, 2nd Edition, etiquette authorities Peggy Post and Peter Post provide you with the all-important tools for building solid, productive relationships with your business associates -- relationships that will help propel you and your company straight to the top.

    In this completely revised and updated edition, which includes three new chapters on ethics, table manners, and electronic communication, the Posts show you how to handle both everyday and unusual situations that are essential to professional and personal success -- from resolving business conflicts with ease and grace to getting along with your boss and coworkers; from making long-lasting contacts to winning clients and closing deals. They also offer up-to-date guidance on pressing issues such as harassment in the workplace, worker privacy, e-mail dos and don'ts, and knowing how and when to shoulder blame.

    Written for business workers of all types and backgrounds, The Etiquette Advantage in Business remains the definitive resource for timeless advice on business entertaining, written communication, dressing appropriately for any business occasion, conventions and trade shows, job searches and interviews, gift-giving, and overseas travel.

    No matter the situation in which you find yourself, the Posts will give you the confidence to meet the challenges of the work world with confidence and poise -- because today, more than ever, good manners mean good business.

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    5. Italian for Dummies (With CD-ROM)
    by Francesca RomanaOnofri, Karen AntjeMöller
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    Asin: 0764551965
    Catlog: Book (2000-05-15)
    Publisher: For Dummies
    Sales Rank: 6985
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    As society becomes more international in nature, knowing a few words in other languages has become more useful. Perhaps you travel frequently abroad, or your business requires you to travel overseas. Perhaps you have friends and neighbors who speak other languages, or you want to find out more about your heritage by learning a little bit of the language your ancestors spoke.

    Whatever your reason for wanting to learn some Italian, Italian For Dummies is the right book for you. Written in partnership with Berlitz – experts in helping people learn foreign languages – this book gives you the skills you need for basic communication in Italian, and it will get you well on your way to becoming fluent. Just think what you're family and friends will think when you order off the menu at your favorite Italian restaurant!

    Italian For Dummies covers not only ordering at an Italian restaurant, but also these topics:

    • Basic spelling, grammar, and numbers
    • Meeting and greeting, and making small talk
    • Shopping, shopping, and even more shopping
    • Going out on the town
    • Business situations
    • Traveling, checking into a hotel, and planning a trip
    • Handling emergencies
    • Top Ten lists with advice on how to pick up Italian quickly, things you should never say in Italian, and favorite Italian expressions

    The best thing about this book is that you can learn at your own pace; for example, if you're planning a trip to Italy next year, sit down once or twice a week with this book and go through the chapters that you'll think you need for your trip. That's a lot easier than dragging yourself to a class twice a week – not to mention a lot more fun, too! ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars disappointing
    After reading the great reviews of this book, I was eager to start learning Italian in anticipation of a trip to Italy. What a disappointment this book is. In the introduction of this book it says, "You don't want to have to memorize long lists of vocabulary words or a bunch of boring grammar rules." It then goes on to do just that: lists and rules to memorize from pages 9 to 40. It is indeed boring. If you have to buy this book for some reason, skip these pages, and go back after you've read Chapter 3: Bongiorno! Meeting and Greeting.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good for limited long-term study
    This is way to deep for those who wish to learn a little Italian for that one-week vacation, but for those of you who have an extended opportunities for limited interaction, this is the book for you.

    Just like other books in the series, Dummies successfully "dumbs down" Italian as much as possible, which is pretty hard to do with an entire language. Although it is billed as being a Berlitz-written text, the focus is primarily on grammar and pronunciation. There are some entertaining dialogs, too.

    It's easy to follow...much easier than comparable (an much more expensive) text and CD combinations.

    However, if you are just going on vacation, I recommend Fydor's Italian Phrasebook. On the other hand, if you are really serious about beginning Italian, or any other language, I strongly recommend the Triple Play Plus series software. Together with the "Dummies" series, you should be functional in no time.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Italian for Students of Italian
    Italian For Dummies is for the serious student who wishes to learn the language. I didn't feel as if this book would help the traveler who wishes to learn only a few "get by" lines. I am going through Italian language lessons right now and I have purchased many many Italian books and I still keep referring back to this Italian For Dummies. It is very useful and very easy to use. Which is what the "For Dummies" series is all about. If you want a start-up book which will help you learn the language this is the one. If you are looking for a traveler's guide to Italian I would suggest another book. Berlitz makes a nice Italian phrase book if you just need to learn a little Italian.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Italian for Travelers
    I really like the set up of this book. I have been listening to Italian audio tapes and that has helped with my Italian accent but I did not know how the words were spelled. In some cases, I was mispronouncing the words because I did not hear them correctly. Also, the tapes did not deal with all of the things that I will have to know when I travel to Italy next spring.

    This book addresses the topics that I think I should know - how to check into a hotel, order food, ask for directions, make a phone call, go to the bank, go shopping, use a credit card, deal with an emergency, talk to a doctor, etc.

    The CD is a great bonus because you can listen to the conversations along with the book. Overall, I did not feel overwhelmed because I can look at a section at a time before my trip. Learning a foreign language without attending a formal class is very difficult so I will be using this book to supplement my audio tapes. ... Read more

    6. Town & Country's Social Graces
    by Chesley McLaren
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    Asin: 1588160807
    Catlog: Book (2002-05-01)
    Publisher: Hearst
    Sales Rank: 67386
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    “Will enrich your spirit while providing a few gentle laughs and thought provoking insights.” —Houston Chronicle. “Fifty-four esssays by some of the sharpest social observers around address everything from modern technologies to guilt-free apologies.”—Gifts and Decorative Accessories.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Do you take this woman to be.....RING...RING....
    If you or someone you love has ever had their cell phone ring during a performance, church service, wedding, movie, etc....YOU or they need to read this book. It's not about stuffy manners. It's about consideration of your fellow man.

    Whether it's not sending thank-you notes, cell phones ringing inapropriately, self-centered children interrupting or any of the subjects contained in this book, manners matter. No one is asking anyone to wear white gloves or to place a salt cellar at your dinner plate. It's about greasing the gears of civilized society.

    One hilarious chapter deals with Politically Correct Americans making a HUGE ruckus over Europeans smoking. Throwing a massive tantrum over someone smoking in a French or German Restaurant will only identify you as a boorish American, and get you nothing more than a sideways glance and a shrug...while asking someone kindly if they would mind not smoking around you might just get the desired effect.

    Another favorite chapter of mine was close to home, as I sometimes feel that the Tattoo Fairy has visited me in the middle of the night and inscribed "Tell me about your SEX LIFE" on my forehead. People just love to tell me their most intimate details which I do not seek and have not asked for. Evidentially, it is at epidemic stages and I am not alone in this observation.

    This is a perfect length for a plane trip or a car trip, and you will nod in recognition and laugh out loud at some of these situations which require that we all brush up a bit on our manners. ... Read more

    7. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Robert's Rules of Order (Complete Idiot's Guide to)
    by Nancy Sylvester
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    Asin: 1592571638
    Catlog: Book (2004-02-01)
    Publisher: Alpha Books
    Sales Rank: 7028
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    The authority on how to effectively run a meeting.

    Perfect for the new president of a small group or the chairman of a large formal meeting, this guide explains everything from the ladder of motions to how to use Robert's Rules for any size or type of meeting. Expert parliamentarian Nancy Sylvester helps tailor the most popular form of parliamentary procedure today to meet any organization's needs.

    € Approximately 95% of all clubs, organizations, and governments use Robert's Rules of Order as their authority
    € Author is one of the few certified parliamentary experts in the country
    € Includes sample minutes, a sample agenda, and a full version of Robert's Rules for reference
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Life Saver
    I am a high school student who is currently chair of our Junior Class Mock Congress. I cannot even begin to explain how helpful this book has been as our Presiding Corps prepares to manage to group of 300+ students for a day-long meeting. Not only does it easily explain everything from Robert's Rules, the author is a professional parliamentarian who adds great tips on how to keep your meeting running smoothly. This book is a MUST for anyone interested in planning a forum or meeting, or managing the affairs of any group.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely helpful
    If I won the Lotto, I would purchase copies of this book for every member of a community board that I have seen struggle to vote and make motions according to Robert's Rules. This book makes it simple with tips, examples of common errors and straightforward writing that makes it simple for any professional to understand. There are even scripts that can be applied to any situation. This is a must-buy for anyone who wants to be more effective in meetings.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a helpful guide
    While this book won't replace Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised as the adopted parliamentary authority for many organizations, it is a helpful guide for the presiding officers and members of these organizations. It covers the basics in easily understood language. There will still be the need to consult Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised now and than but by using this book as a companion source the rules and procedures will be easier to understand.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bravo to the writer of The Idiot's Guide to Robert's Rules
    I consider myself a novice parliamentarian. In a leadership role I have conducted many meetings. I have also been called upon to be a parliamentarian at church and other meetings. Finally, someone has written a book on Robert's Rules that is loaded with understandable and easy to read information. I believe this book will bring about a revelation of new leaders who will better understand Robert's Rules, resulting in more effective meetings. I would urge all leaders, who conduct meetings, to invest in this writing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Finally! A Guide I can Understand
    I was recently elected chairman of my local chamber of commerce and advised to pick up a copy of Robert's Rules of Order. Confusing!!! There's so much to learn and it was soo confusing. I'm thrilled though that finally I've found something to simplify this complicated process. Nancy Sylvester spells the process out in easy terms and in ways that you can remember and follow. She also gives great tips and advice. While the original book is a must, this book is essential to fully understanding these complicated rules. ... Read more

    8. How To Start A Conversation And Make Friends : Revised And Updated
    by Don Gabor
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    Asin: 0684868016
    Catlog: Book (2001-01-09)
    Publisher: Fireside
    Sales Rank: 5656
    Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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    For nearly twenty years, small-talk expert Don Gabor has helped thousands of people communicate with wit, confidence, and enthusiasm with his bestseller How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends. This new edition brings the art of having a conversation up to date.

    By following the simple and dynamic guidelines in this easy-to-read book, you'll be ready to strike up a great conversation with anyone anywhere! And you'll learn how to keep the conversation going by asking the right questions, using body language effectively, and avoiding conversation pitfalls. Packed with charts, hundreds of opening lines, real-life examples, FAQs, helpful hints, and solid professional advice, How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends shows you how to:

  • Identify your personal conversational style
  • Talk to people from other countries and cultures
  • Avoid mistakes while on a mobile phone or on-line in chatrooms
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Step 1- Accept you have a problem, step 2- read this book!
    Now before anyone can change how they are they have to accept they have a problem and to really want to change it. Once I realized that I had few friends and I had trouble commmunicating with others I went on a journey to find help. I found help in this book.

    "How To Start A Conversation And Make Friends" explains all of the simple things which can be done to have an outstanding effect on your relationships. With this book you learn how to master the art of conversation. By doing this you get to have more friends and better friends. People will like you more and you will find people you like.

    I noticed that I was being a much better conversationalist after reading the first few chapters! The book is very easy to understand and I flew right through it. Although it is easy to understand it has a lot of info so you have to pay attention to every tidbit. I reviewed a few chapters cause I felt I may have missed something important. When reading the book I found myself saying "Why didn't I think of that?". Everything just seems so logical. We have so many opportunities we just miss and we make people think we don't want to talk and we fail to see how foolish we are. Who would have thought that a smile, a nod of the head, and having open arms would make people approach you! Its so simple and yet we fail to do it. Why didn't I learn this in school?

    I often feel like I am talking too much about myself. I will ask questions to show interest for other people, but I still feel like I am being egocentric when the conversation ball is in my hand and I am talking about myself. I don't think the book addressed this..

    Regardless of the fact that it did not address everyting I highly reccommend this book to anyone who often finds themself at a loss for words, feels uncomfortable while talking, is shy, or just wants to have better conversations. Buy the book and refrence it when you feel that your conversations have problems.

    Reading this book completely changed my life. I have more friends and I feel better about the friends I have. They seem to like me more and I am learning a lot about them which I like.

    tip: You can view the first two chapters of this book on for free just go to the picture of the cover and click "look inside". I bet you that these two chapters are enough to make you want to read the book and even be a better conversationalist! If you didn't get anything out of reading these two chapters then I would guess this book is not for you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An incredibly helpful book
    I bought this book based on the recommendations I read here and I was not disappointed. The book is easy to read and I finished it within an hour. After reading it I can definitely say that it provided me with some tips on improving my conversation skills. I found the section on how to start conversations very useful. The book also covers how to become more receptive, how to keep a conversation going, how to keep a balance between talking and listening and also gives ideas on how to meet friends.

    One concept the book does not cover is how to deal with folks who interrupt you. At my workplace, it is common for 2 or 3 people - at a meeting - to continually interrupt me or whoever is talking and provide their input. At times you can have several different communication threads going on because of this. The book also does not cover how the tone of your voice can effect your communication. If you speak to softly or with a monotone voice, others can find you boring. Overall, this book is a great starter book.

    2-0 out of 5 stars not the best self-help
    The self-improvement books How to Win Friends and Influence People and Talking the Winner's Way are both way superior to this short book. Most of what you read is basically review if you've ready other similar books. And what's present doesn't pack enough substance or "how to" to make it really worth your time. About half-way through the book, Gabor started presenting fresh ideas. The problem, however, is that it was half-way through the book. Not a bad read, but there's so much better. If you happen across it one day on the street, it won't do any harm to read it. But I can't recommend paying money for something you already know, or can get for a better deal.

    5-0 out of 5 stars how to except rejection
    i think its great book,it has potential that can bring poeple more respective and succes toward their dream.. you will be more likeable and famous among your friend after you read this book

    1-0 out of 5 stars Nothing Insightful
    Just plain common sense. There wasn't profound thought through out the whole book. I finished in thirty minutes. ... Read more

  • 9. Robert's Rules of Order (Newly Revised, 10th Edition)
    by Henry M. Robert III, William J. Evans, Daniel H. Honemann
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    Asin: 0738203076
    Catlog: Book (2000-11)
    Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
    Sales Rank: 1536
    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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    The only authorized parliamentary procedure guide, completely revised and updated by the authorized Robert's Rules Authorship Committee.

    Originally published as a slim document in 1896, General Henry M. Robert's classic guide to smooth, orderly, and fairly conducted meetings has sold close to five million copies in nine editions. The only book containing the completely developed Robert's Rules of Order subject matter, this latest edition will continue the book's reputation as the gold standard of meeting procedure for parliamentarians and novice club presidents and members alike. Thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the past decade's technological advances and usage, this tenth edition contains new information on how to conduct meetings over the Internet, on phone and video conference calls, and with members in absentia. The best book from which to learn all about running and taking an effective part in meetings, General Robert's gift of order is as indispensable now as it was a century ago. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The real Robert's: the authority on parliamentary procedure
    As a lawyer, when I am asked about proper procedure at a meeting, my first question is: What rules do you use? Is there an applicable statute, or bylaws or rules that the organization has adopted? Nine times out of ten, the answer is: "Robert's Rules of Order." Robert's is the most widely used parliamentary manual in the United States.

    General Henry M. Robert published the original "Robert's Rules" in 1875 and 1876 and, since the copyright on that edition (and the next few editions) has long since expired, there are numerous unofficial editions on the market. The third edition, published in 1893, is still marketed in paperback by more than one publisher as the "original" Robert's Rules. With the copyright expired, even the name "Robert's" has passed into the public domain, and many imitators have slapped the name "Robert's" on books of parliamentary procedure that bear minimal relation to General Robert's work (much as many dictionaries claim the name "Webster's" without any connection to Noah Webster or the Merriam-Webster brand that carries on his work). This book is the real Robert's, composed by an editorial board appointed by General Robert's heirs (including his descendants Sarah and Henry III, both eminent parliamentarians). Now in its tenth edition, published in 2000, this book "supersedes all previous editions and is intended automatically become the parliamentary authority in organizations whose bylaws prescribe 'Robert's Rules of Order' . . . or the like, without specifying a particular edition."

    Robert's is not necessarily the best parliamentary manual on the market: "Modern Parliamentary Procedure" by Ray Keesey is far more logical and user-friendly, and "The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure" by Alice Sturgis (commissioned by the American Institute of Parliamentarians as a contemporary alternative to Robert's) is more readable and more rooted in modern practice. But no other book has gained as much as a toehold in Robert's dominance in the market. If you are interested in parliamentary procedure, or figuring out how most organizations work in the twenty-first-century United States, this Robert's is indispensable.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An essential tool in the art of parliamentary procedure.
    Recently having begun to serve on a board, I've found Robert's manual--a mainstay of legislatures, clubs and other organizations around the world since 1893--to be invaluable. Its comprehensive coverage of motions, rules, procedures and all contingencies has served me well simply in understanding "what's going on"; it has also enabled me to become an active, not a passive, member. Knowledge is power, in this context or in any other. There is no question that members of your organization who have knowledge of the rules of the meeting have the power to control the meeting. If you do not want to get stepped on, this book is essential.

    There are several editions of this work. I advise buyers to get one that (a) has a durable binding, able to withstand the rigors of frequent use; (b) has a good introduction or supplementary guide by its editor, as Robert's original manual is, as other reviews here have noted, complex and intimidating to those who are new to it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simply delightful
    Robert's Rules of Order is a charming little volume that will temporarily satiate the obsessions of control freaks. If you've ever been involved in an organization and have a keen sense of annoyance at inefficiency and improper democratic process, Robert's Rules of Order is for you. If you have a very systematic, logical mind and like learning new patterns to help bring order to a chaotic world, Robert's Rules of Order is for you. If you are bossy and want to impose "The Right Way" on your organization, buy a copy of Robert's Rules of Order and wave it over their heads.

    The book is well-organized, attractive, and easy to read. You might expect that reading a book of rules would be boring, but it actually is quite interesting, because it is easy to see how the intricacies of correct parliamentary procedure can be applied and manipulated.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Will the real Robert's Rules please stand up?
    Melendez's earlier review "The real Robert's...", in reference to the 10th edition (ISBN 0738203076 or 073820384X) of "Robert's Rules of Order" (RROO) by does well to clarify that not all books with RROO in the title are authorized continuations. By cross-referencing many reviews of different books having similar titles, it seems Amazon may be leaving customers like myself confused about which books are bona fide editions of RROO, versus those that are restatements of early (now uncopyrighted) editions.

    In particular, "The Modern Edition" (ISBN 0840771843, 1557488843, 0425116905) by Dr. Patnode is a smallish yet well done, enhanced rewrite of early RROO. However, it is not the most recent edition or an authorized realization of RROO, and for this reason, may not be suitable for institutions requiring RROO as the official basis of its parliamentary proceedings. Since the official "newly revised" edition of 1970, authorized editions of RROO have maintained a "mirrored R" encircled by an "O": I now attempt to use this trademark to identify which editions are authoritative.

    1-0 out of 5 stars This edition is a disappointment
    The physical quality of this edition is greatly disappointing. Compared to the 1970 (or even 1981) edition, it hardly qualifies as a real book. The pages of this "pseudo-book" are no longer bound in signatures, but merely glued to an inflexible spine. It cannot possibly be made to open flat, and so is useless as an open-book reference. Instead of being printed on opaque coated paper as before, it is now printed on paper that allows the print on the reverse and even following page to show through distractingly. The page margins are so narrow that the text next to the spine can be read only with difficulty. Forget this edition and buy a second-hand 1970 Scott-Foresman edition. That $5.95 quality book will still be serving your organization faithfully long after the spine has cracked and the pages have fallen out of this $37.50 Perseus "pseudo-book". ... Read more

    10. Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior, Freshly Updated
    by Judith Martin
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    Asin: 0393058743
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-25)
    Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    Sales Rank: 7193
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Miss Manners' down-to-earth collection of wisdom and pithy wit is a joy to read. Under the chapter on Table Manners, she notes "the inevitable slippage of spaghetti from the fork back onto the plate is Nature's way of controlling human piggishness" and suggests "a quick motion of the wrist, such as one uses to shake down a thermometer, will remove excess ketchup" from French fries. From common courtesy and proper attire to the etiquette of weddings, Martin knows right from wrong and sensible from rude. But this is no prissy, preachy tome. Miss Manners is very funny and has impressive insight into life. ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Dated and a little nasty
    This book is dated, and Miss Manners comes off as more than a little nasty at times. Some of her advice is sound, but some of it is not up to date and seems aimed at the 1950s housewife, which she probably was at one time herself. The worst part of this book (and her columns) is that she herself comes off as not all that well-mannered. She often suggests snippy, snide retorts to people, and she lapses into what sounds like nouveau-riche snobbery vs. well-bred, well-mannered behavior and attitudes. Don't buy this. There are better, frankly classier etiquette books and writers out there.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible style and personality shine through...
    A wonderful resource for any age, peppered liberally with humour and common sense.Intriguing for the things that you never thought about, useful for the things you wanted to ask but never did, face-saving for the worries you thought only you had... and just plain funny for all the rest of the entries! Miss Manners has a distinctive and addictive voice that shines through and establishes a definate character through her interaction with readers, on every level

    5-0 out of 5 stars Passes the white glove test
    Times have changed. We're now in an age of technology with a whole new set of etiquette problems to solve. It seems as though people don't care about manners anymore, codes of conduct relegated to a lost century, like men sporting hats and women in white gloves. But Miss Manners (Judith Martin) is hanging tough, refusing to give in to such lackadaisical attitudes. She's dusted off that old rule book and swept away the cobwebs, offering humorous, often hilarious, common-sense advice to anyone seeking help.

    There is no topic Miss Manners won't discuss, although often with a quirky retort that makes you smile, as she tackles every possible topic, including children's manners, basic courtesy for all ages, conversation (especially on those ubiquitous cell phones!), houseguests, rites of passage, engagements and weddings, employment interviews, invitation etiquette, life after divorce and even bereavement. There is virtually no problem ignored and help for every etiquette concern. Let's face it, life has gotten complicated the last few years. It's a real comfort to have this impressive volume, over 800 pages, of Miss Manner's guidance on the family bookshelf.

    "Etiquette is not for amateurs" and Miss Manners is adamant about the difference between "being pushy and being a pushover". How do you respond appropriately when having lunch with a "friend" who talks on a cell phone all through the meal? Is it all right to send a thank you note via email? The truth is, we're all in this together. The only reasonable thing to do is treat each other respectfully and resolve those irritating little behavioral problems we all share. Like a favorite non-judgmental aunt, Miss Manners offers her insightful suggestions, guaranteed to save wear and tear on our already fragile psyches. Luan Gaines/2005.

    1-0 out of 5 stars A Major Waste of Time and M oney
    This book was a complete waste of time and money. "Miss Manners" appeared to be more concerned with her own amusement than informing the bride. I was also turned off by the attitude of the author for the modern wedding. If there were minus stars I would have given it a -3. Don't waste your money on this one.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Excrutiating reading
    I am probably just a rude and awful person, but I find this book excrutiating to read.I bought it a few years ago as a "handy reference".I have read a few things in the book that were amusing, but I think the manners and suggested etiquette are dated from late 19th-very early 20th century!

    There are references in the book to women "rushing home for lunch hour from work to give a tea"!Anyone with a real job would not find a way to do this. She also suggests anyone who does not think there is a difference between serving guests with silver vs. stainless steel utensils is "not ready to be married".Well, I apologize if I cannot AFFORD to buy silver just to have a few friends over, nor do I have have any family with enough money to afford to buy me silver as a wedding gift!And-she checks wedding invitations with her finger to make sure they are properly engraved-what kind of sick person does that??!!Is it so bad to send very nice invitations with thermographed lettering and envelopes printed with a nice font instead of engraved and paying a calligrapher to address envelopes?

    I don't follow a lot of what I have read in the book and I don't thinkI could handle being friends with people who did.They would make me feel very uncomfortable all the time. ... Read more

    11. Emily Post's Wedding Etiquette: Cherished Traditions and Contemporary Ideas for a Joyous Celebration (4th Edition)
    by Peggy Post
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    Asin: 0060198834
    Catlog: Book (2001-01-01)
    Publisher: HarperResource
    Sales Rank: 4311
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    What makes a perfect wedding? "[The bride] and the groom both look as though there were sunlight behind their eyes, as though their mouths irresistibly turned to smiles," wrote Emily Post in 1922's Etiquette. Great-granddaughter-in-law Peggy Post, author of the fourth edition of Emily Post's Wedding Etiquette, absolutely agrees with Miss Emily. To ensure those bright eyes and smiles, she imparts thoughtful and commonsensical advice on how to plan for not just your wedding, but for all the social and familial obligations and traditions that a wedding entails.

    Unlike many wedding manuals, Post includes advice for the "encore" bride as well as for the new bride. In this day of remarriages and blended families, tact and strategy are often needed to make sure feelings aren't hurt and everything runs as smoothly as possible. A chapter on multicultural and interfaith marriages addresses differing world traditions and how they can be incorporated into a touching ceremony that makes both the couple and their families happy. If you are unsure of who is supposed to do what, Post gives you clear instruction, often including a flow chart that delineates the responsibilities of all people involved in the wedding party (bride's parents throw the engagement party, best man returns the tuxes, flower girl's family pays for her outfit).

    Throughout Emily Post's Wedding Etiquette are sidebars with questions asked of Post regarding an amazing array of wedding-related conundrums ("My daughter's fiancé wants to follow his family's tradition of having a money tree at the wedding. I personally find this distasteful; can I say so?"). This is a great book to find the answers for all those sticky questions. All involved in the wedding process should leaf through, get their bearings, smile, and then forge ahead. --Dana Van Nest ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars A fairly good book
    This book is marvelous help in preparing for your wedding day, laying out all the physical aspects of the wedding from A to Z. Sadly, this book doesn't have much discussion on preparing your heart for the day. It is said that a woman looks forward to her wedding day, a man looks forward to the wedding night - both are important, but men often tend to downplay the day's events as they focus on the evening.


    5-0 out of 5 stars Invaluable
    An invaluable book to avoid potential wedding/social faux pas. Has guidance from invitations to thank you letters and everything in between. If you're wanting more value for the money, I would suggest "Emily Post's Etiquette (16th Edition or latest)" as it covers wedding (albeit not as detailed), social and business etiquette areas.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very helpful and incredibly detailed
    I decided to get this book because I was struggling with how to make wedding decisions that would potentially upset some people, like not having kids be invited. I was surprised when the book arrived at how thick it is, there is really a wealth of information in it. I like that she gives both a traditional and contemporary view on certain topics, and the sections are clearly marked so its not as though you have to read it from beginning to end to find what you are looking for. I think this book can be helpful even if you're not facing and etiquette dilemma, it makes you think of things you hadn't even thought of. Its also really clearly written.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Single-Source Wedding Book
    If you only plan on buying *one* wedding guide book, this should be it.

    Peggy Post addresses almost every aspect of wedding etiquette in this hefty book. Although you can find most of this information on Internet sites, Peggy Post does a fantastic job of compiling wedding information in one easy-to-use volume.

    Book highlights include:

    - Exhaustively Thorough Invitation Section
    (Example: Outlines specific language you should use if the bride's divorced/remarried parents are jointly hosting the wedding.)

    - Engagement Outline
    (Example: Gives recommendations for who the happy couple should tell, when, & how.)

    - Guest Information
    (Example: Discusses gift giving, response cards, etc.)

    Peggy Post does an excellent job of conveying information without sounding preachy. She offers recommendations instead of barking standards.

    In addition to being a great planning tool, this book is also quite lovely! As such, it would make a beautiful engagement gift.

    Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Help for the things you didn't know you needed help with . .
    Wedding Etiquette by Peggy Post proved a valuable complement to my Emily Post reference collection. This book was the only etiquette/planning book I purchased - information on every situation I encountered is included. From planning basics, what to expect from your parents, attendants and guests, how to broach the uncomfortable issues without stepping on toes, correspondence tips and who's responsible for what, Wedding Etiquette has it all. This book contains useful tidbits not found in other wedding books or even websites I have resourced such as how to appropriately and formally address correspondence to guests with a variety of titles, new spins on old traditions and how to handle challenging scenarios. This is an essential gift for the newly engaged or those who are planning to marry in the future. I only hope my guests have read it also . . ... Read more

    12. Etiquette for Dummies
    by SueFox
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    Asin: 0764551701
    Catlog: Book (1999-11-10)
    Publisher: For Dummies
    Sales Rank: 24227
    Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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    Good manners matter – and not just during formal events. Etiquette isn’t just about which fork to use or how to hold a teacup. Good manners and etiquette are as important in the supermarket checkout line as they are at a state dinner. They are the key to surviving every human contact with your sense of humor and self-esteem intact. In most cases, it’s just a matter of good old  “Golden Rule” common sense – do unto others as you would have them do unto you: for example, staying home from a dinner party when you’re sick. And yes, sometimes it is about the right fork or the right form address.

    Wise, funny, and practical, Etiquette For Dummies is just what you need to be on your best behavior in every situation. From office parties to extended families, email to introductions, Sue Fox covers it all in this smart, sassy guide. Among other things, you’ll find out how to:

    • Be more attuned to the needs and feelings of o thers
    • Beha ve considerately in everyday situations
    • Communicate graciously at home and at work
    • Avoid e-mail blunders and beeper bloopers
    • Eat out and entertain with confidence
    • Rise to the occasion at weddings and other formal events
    • Put others at ease in almost any situation
    • Raise well-mannered kids

    Once you start it, you’ll probably want to read Etiquette For Dummies from cover to cover. But you don’t have to. This ready reference was designed to let you plunge in anywhere and get what you need on:

    • Building better relationships through good etiquette – with family, coworkers, clients, friends, and lovers
    • Projecting a positive image with good grooming and body language
    • Dressing for formal events
    • Entertaining and being entertained
    • The ins and outs of dining etiquette – includes a chapter on wine etiquette
    • Conducting yourself during special occasions – at home and abroad

    Packed with practical tips and examples, this anything-but-prissy primer explains how to behave with courtesy and consideration, whether you’re answering your cell phone, opening a gift, attending a bat mitzvah, or addressing your father-in-law. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Insightful and fun to read -- don't miss this one
    I've always been a little skeptical of the Dummies books but when I received Etiquette for Dummies as a gift I couldn't help but get caught up in it immediately. The author takes a refreshing look at how we all get along in society (the good, the bad AND the ugly!) and gives us insightful yet friendly advice on communicating better with each other on a daily basis. This is a must read for everyone, even if you think your etiquette is already up to snuff.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Gift
    This book is great! I was given a copy as a gift - I had never read a "Dummies" book and wasn't sure what it was all about. After reading it, I gave copies of it to all five of my children, age 19 - 27, for Christmas. The information is timely, appropriate, and presented in a "non-preachy" manner. Anyone who meets with clients, has interviews or wants to feel comfortable in social situations needs to read "Etiquette for Dummies".

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference volume
    I found this book both a useful tool and an easy read.

    I originally purchased this book to resolve some light hearted family disagreements regarding such items as; the correct "title" of a married woman in the 21st century or the correct method of setting the formal table for Thanksgiving dinner. I ended up reading the book cover to cover. The author has done an excellent job of making this potentially dry topic, fun and enjoyable.

    I particularly enjoyed the chapters on etiquette as it relates to new technology such as; cell phones, call waiting, and e-mail. None of these things were around when I originally learned "Manners 101". It was useful to review the "do's and don'ts" of modern technology.

    An excellent purchase and I would recommend it to others.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Female biased, old fashioned "reference guide"
    I bought this book because I experienced a form of arrested development while growing up in an over-zealous fundamentalist Christian family that basically made me believe it to be a sin to have any non-Christian friends--therefore, I had no friends and I lived in my bedroom, and as a result I developed no social skills until I became an adult. I had a lot of catching up to do, and I had hoped this book would provide some common sense to an ignorant fool like myself.

    I was disappointed in the book. The book delves into many categories of social activity and specifies in an ordered, classroom textbook fashion what should/shouldn't be done, as opposed to describing the why's and the varying perspectives of given scenarios.

    As founder and owner of Etiquette Survival, Inc., Fox has a lot of wisdom to share, but unfortunately a lot of it is rather old-fashioned and sometimes biased toward the female perspective. For example, I did not appreciate the fact that there were 19 points on how to be a gentleman and only three or four points for how to be a lady, including very detailed instructions for women to "allow men to be gentlemen", as though there was no other responsibility for women in the 21st century for women to be ladies. Obviously I am not a woman and do not need advice on being a lady, I was nonetheless offended by such bias. I came across this section and shut the book permanently ever since.

    I believe any book on etiquitte should be authored/edited by at least two men and women (not all men or all women).

    4-0 out of 5 stars Never Get Caught Doing The Wrong Thing!
    I picked up this book prepared to learn nothing new. Boy was I surprised! This is a well written, concise primer that can be read straight through (as I did, again to my surprise) or dipped into as specific needs arise. Getting what you want out of business dinners, greeting new business acquaintances, dressing for 'semi-casual' events, picking up the right knife and fork at a formal dinner. All the unspoken signals that say you know what you're doing - they're all here! ... Read more

    13. The Book of Questions
    by Gregory Stock
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    Asin: 0894803204
    Catlog: Book (1987-03-01)
    Publisher: Workman Publishing
    Sales Rank: 5353
    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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    The Book of Questions may be the only publication thatchallenges and changes the way readers view the world, without offeringa single opinion of its own. Posing 265 questions, The Book ofQuestions is bound to provoke hours and hours of thought. 1,855,000copies in print. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Introspective, challenging, and ultimately enlightening
    I lent this book to my son when he was in prep school for an ethics paper he had to write for a religion class. After a few hours he returned it to me saying "Wow... this book doesn't have any answers, but it sure does make you think."

    Which is the whole purpose of Stock's book, and on that score it is a resounding success. This book is not, and was never meant to be, an ice-breaker; the questions it poses are not for people you hardly know. And some people do not like to be made to think; hence the negative reaction on the part of some readers to this book. But if you like to explore issues from a side you've never seen before, or to learn more about yourself, this book will open your mind up. It will challenge your ideas, your attitudes, your beliefs, your morals, and every certainty you thought you ever had.

    Stock doesn't have the answers and doesn't pretend to; he wants readers to explore the issues and find the answers for themselves. And some of his questions lead to more questions; for instance: Would you be willing to murder an innocent person if it would end hunger in the world? leading to the general question of what do you think of people who achieve great things by compromising their principles? Or try this one: If God appeared to you and told you to leave everything behind, would you do it? What if you were told -- like Abraham -- to sacrifice your child?

    The reader learns while going through this book that there are no right or wrong answers; that questions often lead to more questions, and that the book reflects the uncertainties of life we all have to deal with. It will challenge you, frustrate you, and ultimately help to enlighten you about yourself and who you are. Reading it is an eye-opening and a mind-blowing experience.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A relationship builder
    I'm in my forties and several months ago I met a great man who introduced this book early on in our relationship. We have committed time to reading and answering questions with each other so we have been able to get to know each other much faster and deeper than many people in relationships. And when you're in your forties, you don't have the luxury of time to do this! I've given the book to all my friends- single and married. Try it! And actively use the one on Love and Sex. It's well worth the price!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Can You Answer Them All?
    Gregory Stock has put together a geart book filled with insightful and thought provoking questions. This little book has so much potential between its pages.

    I originally purchased this book for myself in my continuous quest to know myself better. It took some time to get through the 200 questions, some of them easy and some requiring great moments of contemplation. This book is also useful at parties, events, dinners and when meeting someone new. It would be a great exercise for relationships as well...opening up a whole new ball game I imagine. But mostly it is just fun and something interesting to think about or discuss with friends.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting Concept with a Lot of Potential
    Gregory Stock and one of his friends sat down and brainstormed for hours to come up with a compilation of questions many of us ask ourselves, or, we may ask in a group get together to ellicit conversation. This is a great book to come up with questions that we want to discuss with others, and even ideas we need to discuss within ourselves. I would have rated this a 5 however I felt some of the questions were double-bind questions where someone is asked a question on the lesser of two evils. I definately is a good conversation piece and good to have around for discussion or even just thinking and introspection.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great conversation piece
    I bought this book recently and have so far interested five of my friends enough into wanting copies of their own. I brought this book over to a friend of mine's house and we sat up for an extended period of time going over some of the questions and discussing them. I think this book would be great to bring to either some camping trip or perhaps an evening with friends over drinks or coffee. A particular question I found to be interesting was the question, "If you could spend one year in perfect happiness but afterward would remember nothing of the experience would you do so? If not, why not?" This is one in particular my friend and I went over for quite a long time. Anyway, this book is filled with a variety of questions, and as the book says, each one is different from the one before, so you could literally read each on after another and have an unexpected question come up. I find the book to be thought-provoking, and as with all things thought-provoking, I liked it. ... Read more

    14. Essential Manners for Men: What to Do, When to Do It, and Why
    by Peter Post
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    Asin: 0060539801
    Catlog: Book (2003-11-01)
    Publisher: HarperResource
    Sales Rank: 2521
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Essential Manners for Men helps men make the right decisions about what to do and say in every situation that counts. Peter Post, great-grandson of Emily Post, distills the essential information men need for all the important roles they play in life.

    Organized into three parts -- "Daily Life," "Social Life," and "On the Job" -- Essential Manners for Men resolves situations that can stump even the savviest. Peter Post's advice is sharp-witted and sensible, with tips, boxes, and candid anecdotes about his own etiquette blunders. Topics include:

    • The most important behaviors to avoid and emulate at the gym, at work, on the golf course, at home, out with friends, at a business social event, and a child's ball game
    • Tipping, driver's "ed-iquette," introductions, sportsmanship, and parenting
    • Successfully sharing living spaces with a roommate, significant other, or spouse -- from the toilet seat to the remote control to the kitchen sink
    • How to throw a great party or be the perfect guest
    • How to successfully navigate the business dinner
    • Things men do wrong that make women wince, and things men do right that women love
    • The five-step process to resolve any situation where there is no etiquette "rule"

    Short and shoot-from-the-hip honest, Essential Manners for Men is a book no man can afford to be without.

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Essentialy A good book, but . . .
    First let me say I like this book. However there are a few small items that make the book a touch annoying.

    First the author drops anecdotes or examples in bold print in the middle of his paragraphs. The anecdotes/examples would have been much better placed at the end of the paragraphs instead of mid thought.

    Second the writer comes off sounding very pretentious with references to staying at friends beach houses and going to cricket matches. Great that you have a life that affords you cricket matches and Beach Houses; but can you stay focused on helping us poor slobs who want to do the right then when we go to a kegger? I found his references to a life most of us won't know a little distracting - like manners are for rich people.

    Finally, The best thing in this entire book is the tipping section - who and how much to tip - this section alone has saved me the cost of the book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Know the basics and be your best in every situation
    Many men sabotage opportunities and hurt others because they are unaware of basic ettiquette. Recently I spoke with an employee who described inept, offensive behaviors of another male employee who is basically well meaning. I purchased this book for him, which he enjoyed very much and found enlightening. I also gave him Optimal Thinking: How To Be Your Best Self to learn how to make the be his best, optimize situations and bring out the best from others. I have seen a remarkable change in his demeanor so I recommend both of these books. ... Read more

    15. Protocol: The Complete Handbook of Diplomatic, Official & Social Usage
    by Mary Jane McCaffree, Pauline Innis, Katherine Daley Sand
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    Asin: 1930754183
    Catlog: Book (2002-09-12)
    Publisher: Durban House Publishing
    Sales Rank: 47808
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    For nearly a quarter of a century Protocol has been the Bible to multi-national corporations, government circles, embassies and public relations offices. In this comprehensive guide to proper diplomatic official and social usage, Mary Jane McCaffree and Pauline Innis define the order of precedence, ranking officials at every level from the President of the United States on down, on titles and forms of address to be used in written and oral communications, on calling and calling cards, invitations and replies, official entertaining and private parties, table seating arrangements, flag etiquette, and much more.

    There is an important discussion of women in official and public life, a fascination section on the historical background of modern protocol, and an appendix filled with valuable information on dealing with the press, wearing decorations, proper dress, and diplomatic terms. ... Read more

    16. Robert's Rules in Plain English
    by Doris P. Zimmerman
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    Asin: 0062734768
    Catlog: Book (1997-09-17)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.18 out of 5 stars
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    At last, a book on parliamentary procedure that everyone can understand!

    If you've ever had to run a meeting according to parliamentary procedures, you know just how difficult it is to keep track of all the rules, much less follow them. Figuring out what to say and how to say it seems an impossible task.

    Robert's Rules in Plain English is the solution to that problem. Not only does it provide you with essential, basic rules in simple, straightforward English, it also includes sample dialogues so you can see exactly how those rules work in practice.

    Using summaries, outlines, charts and forms, Robert's Rules in Plain English provides you with all you need to know to run a meeting successfully and to keep it on track. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Short, Simple, and Easy to Use for Beginners
    This is a short, easy-to-use and understand book about parliamentary procedure. It's well laid out, and the beginning of the book has a good explanation of how and why parliamentary procedure works. It was written with beginners in mind. The order of precedence for motions is painstakingly and clearly laid out for the reader, as well as an explanation of why one motion takes precedence over another. Explanations of exactly what a motion does and an example of its use are included as well. Chapters are also included explaining the responsibilities of the chair, secretary, and treasurer, as well as a guide to setting agendas. That said, this is not, nor was it intended to be, a comprehensive guide to parliamentary procedure. For small or somewhat informal meeting, this book is all you need. For a large, formal group with professional officers, however, a full copy of Robert's Rules is recommended. This book is a great intro to parliamentary procedure, and is all you need to run most meetings. Even with larger groups, this is a wonderful book to keep at your elbow at meetings to use as a reference.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Beginners Book
    This book is amazing for younger people who are starting out learning parliamentary procedure. I am involved in 4-H, and in our county, all officers of 4-H clubs are required to learn parliamentary procedure. I am going to incorporate this book into their training. It is very simple to read, very easy to understand, and the examples are concise and relevent. I would not recommend this book for someone who is older and is involved in serious meetings that require a more in depth knowledge of Robert's Rules, but it works perfectly for my purposes, which is to educate people who have never been exposed to this information before. It is an excellent book for the beginner who is interested in the basics without getting bogged down by the hefty rules and vocabulary of Robert's Rules Newly Revised.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Primer for Church Leaders and Members
    This short book is certainly no substitute for the full Robert's Rules of Order, but it is a good way for the reader to get a good grasp and overview of parliamentary procedure. It is tempting to get so bogged down in the particular rules of procedure that the underlying principles of order and efficiency for the assembly are overlooked.

    The author says in the opening portion of her book, "Parliamentary procedure should be used to help and not hinder decision making. Robert said, 'The assembly meets to transact business, not to have members exploit their knowledge of parliamentary law.'" (p. 6).

    I recommend reading this work first, then referring to the full volume of Robert's Rules if more detail is needed. For most people however, this work should be all that is required to possess a working knowledge of parliamentary procedure. As a Baptist pastor, I see this book as being particularly helpful to church leaders and members for their participation in business meetings, board meetings, and other decision-making assemblies. The knowledge contained in this volume is well-worth the price!

    4-0 out of 5 stars A great introduction
    A gentle introduction for people just starting out with parliamentary procedure.

    Contains great examples of how to run meetings and includes good advice for beginning chairman, all from an accomplished professional parliamentarian. For example, Zimmerman recommends using unanimous consent whenever possible to expidite business, and gives concrete examples on how to do this.

    You will probably eventually want to buy the full "Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised" to complete your study of parliamentary procedure. If you read Zimmerman first, RONR will be alot easier to digest. On the other hand, you may not need RONR, as all the most commonly encountered rules are covered quite well in Zimmerman. Sure, if you run into disciplinary problems, or want more details about how to write bylaws, you will need to look in RONR, but for the day to day running of most club/association/church meetings Zimmerman's book is a great guide.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Another indespensable elementary primer!
    This is another book that should be required and rigorously reviewed and taught at all levels of education, elementary, secondary, high school and first year college. One of the troubles with our society and our young people today is that the more we seem to try to spend on them and teach them the more we move aways from basic critical thinking and basic knowledge requirements for success, towards merely using them as social or political tools for our own ends. They need basic foundational knowledge to survive in the world and the school systems are not giving that due to purely partisan curriculums on many campuses. This basic knoweldge of how meetings and debates/government should work is essential to giving our children the skills necessary to be active, participating citizens in our ever shrinking world.

    A great beginning book that even children can learn from.

    I have already given out dozens to organizations for both adults and youth groups as a means to enlighten them on appropriate processes in getting involved in groups, clubs, government and other entities. ... Read more

    17. The Metrosexual Guide to Style: A Handbook for the Modern Man
    by Michael Flocker
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    Asin: 0306813432
    Catlog: Book (2003-10)
    Publisher: Da Capo Press
    Sales Rank: 2247
    Average Customer Review: 3.26 out of 5 stars
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    From what to order and how to order it to what to wear and how to wear it, the essentials of "metrosexual" savoir faire.

    The old-fashioned, repressed, un-moisturized man has been banished to the hinterlands and a new breed is taking center stage. He is a man of style, sophistication, and security, just as strong and confident as his predecessor, but far more diverse in his interests, his tastes, and, most importantly, his self-image. He may be seen at an NBA game one night and an art gallery opening the next. Able to navigate any social setting, he is informed, influential, intriguing, and very much in vogue these days. He is the new male ideal: the metrosexual man.

    So how can the average Joe keep up with this new version of cool? How should he behave, what shoes should he wear, and what CDs should he have in his collection? Answers to these questions and so many other pressing concerns can be found in The Metrosexual Guide to Style. Filled with entertaining anecdotes, famous quotes, helpful hints, dos and don'ts, recommendations and potential pitfalls, this handy guidebook covers everything from dining out to fashion and personal style, home dŽcor to the Metro-mindset. It is the one-stop shop for the impeccably groomed and savvy modern man.

    metrosexual \me-(.)tro - seksh-(e-)wel\ n: 1: twenty-first- century male trendsetter 2: straight, urban man with heightened aesthetic sense. 3: man who spends time and money on appearance and shopping 4: man willing to embrace his feminine side

    Do's and Don'ts...
    * Pirate shirts, loud patterns, buckles, and zippers are for circus performers and boy bands.
    * Pleated pants are history. Slim-fit, straight-leg pants make you look longer and sharper.
    * Your clothes should conform to your body. Spend the extra money and have suits tailored.
    * Your belt and your shoes should always match, and black on black works best.
    * A silver, stainless steel watchband will go with everything. Leather bands should be strong and masculine, and sport watches are for sporting occasions.
    * High school or college rings are best kept in the dresser drawer until the reunion is announced.
    * A slim billfold or money clip is important, as a bulging wallet will only produce unsightly lumps in all the wrong places. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Lifestyle for Dummies
    Consider this: metrosexuality is really nothing new. Stated in the most simplistic manner, metrosexuality is no more than a polite man who understands how to dress and appreciates the finer things in life. In a nutshell, a metrosexual is what used to be known as a gentleman. The term gentleman may not be politically correct or interesting enough to sell books in a day when the new straight is gay. So to sell this lifestyle book, the author has capitalized on the latest social trend.

    In general this is a hip and fun book. I'd recommend it for the young man whose upbringing didn't include, for example, exposure to manners, tipping, wine selection, or dress. In general, this is a 'how to' lifestyle guide for dummies. It isn't a serious guide to style. So, if you are serious there are far better style books or magazines to buy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My Dogma
    It seems as soon as I discovered this new word and that it fit me almost perfectly, that this book came out. As opposed to other views as this being a pop culture book and sales are only high because it is the new "it" thing, I believe it is a book that describes a new form of man. From the suggestions on what books to read to stimulate your mind, to the albums that it suggests to make your music tastes more ecclectic, I believe it is more of a book to inhance your life rather than to define a new social standing. I throughly enjoyed the breif histroy of all of the major art movements, and even found out things I had previously not known. I believe it is a must-have for any man who believes queer-eye has the last word in life, and for any man wishing to catch the eye of a lady.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Cashing in on a buzz-word
    For years, people have been writing manuals on male etiquette, and this one is no different. Think of it as no more than a slightly updated version of another etiquette book. On principle, however, buy something else (like "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: The Fab 5's Guide to Looking Better . . .") that isn't veiling 'basic etiquette' with a term that is intended to cash in on a reader's desire to feel cosmopolitan.

    It has useful information, but no more than any other etiquette books, and certainly isn't as comprehensive as others (such as the "How to Be a Gentleman" series).

    You'd be better off with something else.

    4-0 out of 5 stars I liked it
    I grew up lower middle class without a father. I am 25 and have worked hard to become somewhat successful in my practice. I spend atleast ten bucks on lunch everyday. If this book makes you twenty dollars(or better yet gets you laid), due to some confidence you got from this reading, you just got 100% return (or more) on your investment. Take it for what it introduction to style.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't need it, don't bother
    The contents of this book are so elementary and insubstantial that I can't see how anyone would benefit from reading it. If you are metrosexual already- you'll have picked all of this stuff up quickly- such as what the essential components of a stylish wardrobe are, basic Franch and Italian dining terminology and how to treat a lady on a date. If you're not metrosexual, you will probably roll your eyes as such poncing piffle and won't bother with it anyway. ... Read more

    18. How To Be A Lady A Contemporary Guide To Common Courtesy
    by Candace Simpson-Giles, Candace Simpson Giles
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    Asin: 1558539395
    Catlog: Book (2001-10-01)
    Publisher: Rutledge Hill Press
    Sales Rank: 8595
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Whether a woman is a contractor, a stay-at-home mother, or a high-powered attorney, the suggestions in How to Be a Lady will cause others to think "Wow! She's got it all together!"

    • If a lady is on a diet, she does not speak of it at the table
    • A lady never eats a meal while behind the wheel of a car
    • A lady makes it a point to know the names of the teams playing in the Super Bowl

    The roles women play in society today are drastically different than they were 25 years ago, and some of the rules are different as well.

    Patterned after the successful How to Be a Gentleman, How to Be a Lady is a practical book of etiquette that is not snobbish, boring or intimidating. It is designed for a new century by discussing such issues as how to dress for the workplace, the importance of knowing self defense, and how to tactfully ask for the sexual history of a person with whom a lady is considering an intimate relationship.


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    5-0 out of 5 stars Every lady should read this
    In today's society women have been deluded into thinking immorality and sluttiness will get them the attention they desire. This book turns the tables on 'girls gone wild' and shows that femininity doesn't have to mean nudity. In fact being a lady can mean class and can mean being well spoken and people will still turn their heads when you walk into a room. In essence, you don't need to be a stripper to dress like a prostitute to get noticed. And this book is a wonderful start.

    Seth J. Frantzman

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's helpful LADY's common sense guide
    this book helps me to start build up some lifetime manner. I read some of the review for being disappointed by the book about it is all about common sense that they heard thousand times. I still like this book and read all of them. Some of them I already knew, but some of them is new to me. Even though some of them I heard thousand times as well. I believe that written in words is totally different than the speaking the word. This book guide me the first step to be a real lady.

    2-0 out of 5 stars I thought everybody knew this stuff...
    I was disappointed in this book; very little in it was not common sense. Though it does contain valuable information that one should always bear in mind, its contents of very basic manners were things I had been taught since a child.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A little reminder
    This Book is an easy read. Many of the rules are divided up into sections. Going on a Date, throwing a party etc... As with anything some of it is common courtesy. Touch up on how to become a lady and Enjoy

    4-0 out of 5 stars Easy Read
    A good "brush-up" for those of us with some etiquette knowledge. Easy to follow format in brief sentences. Very little hard and fast rules, such as for planning a wedding or a sit down dinner, but a nice addition to the home library for quick answers or reminders. ... Read more

    19. The Complete Book of Questions: 1001 Conversation Starters for Any Occasion
    by Garry Poole
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    Asin: 031024420X
    Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
    Publisher: Zondervan Publishing Company
    Sales Rank: 21414
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    This book provides seeker small group leaders with 1,001 seeker-friendly icebreaker questions to start and sustain meaningful interaction in their groups. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great range of questions
    Question: Do we really need yet another "Book of Questions"?
    Answer: Definitely YES, if it's this one.

    This book has 1001 questions, but unlike other books, I feel it has a MUCH broader range of questions. To help you navigate, they've been divided into 10 categories - from Light & Easy (Do you squeeze the toothpaste tube or roll it? What's the advantage of your method?) and Preferences (What's your favorite ice cream brand and flavor?) to Hard-Hitting (What's one regret you live with?) and From the Heart (When was the last time you cried? Why?)

    Because of the broad range, there are questions that are great ice-breakers for use with strangers or mere acquaintances, as well as "deeper" questions that can be used with closer friends.

    I should mention the last 2 categories are "Spiritually Speaking" and "Extreme Spiritual Matters." A portion of these questions refer to parts of Christianity (i.e., what do you think of Jesus Christ?) but many of them are about religious beliefs, prayer, God, etc. in general...

    This book has sparked some great conversations and I've already had to buy extra copies for friends who wanted them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Helpful little book
    As a discussion group facilitator, I am always trying to find new tools to help 'bring people out'. This new book by Garry Poole is terrific. He has 10 categories of 1001 questions useful for any group situation - including 'Light & Easy', 'Blast from the Past', and 'Spiritually Speaking'. It is similar to Jerry Jones' '201 Questions' - but offers a bit more for discussion organizers such as myself who could always use new ideas. ... Read more

    20. How To Be A Gentleman : A Contemporary Guide to Common Courtesy
    by John Bridges
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    Asin: 1558535969
    Catlog: Book (2001-03-13)
    Publisher: Rutledge Hill Press
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    Average Customer Review: 3.64 out of 5 stars
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    Should you take a business call on your cellular phone during a dinner date? How do you act at a funeral? What is the best way to accept a compliment? When do you say, "I'm sorry"? John Bridges answers these questions and more in a book for men that combines Emily Post and Miss Manners without being snobbish, boring, or intimidating. This book is an indispensable guide for men of all ages who aspire to become gentlemen. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Truly a mixed bag....
    This book has some real pros and some real cons. The *majority* of the advice given is practical, no nonsense etiquette. For this reason I would heartily recommend this publication to a gentleman looking to improve upon such areas in his life. There are other books however that he should supplement his learning, in my opinion.

    Now, having said that, there are some glaring problems w/ this book.

    I.) The suggestion that a man should NEVER turn down an invitation is nuts. The author gave the reader the out in the event of illness or death in the family. Come on, there are times, for whatever reason, that you have to respectfully decline.

    2.) Drink beer from a CAN!?! How did that slip in there? First, at a truly formal occasion you simply don't suck down the suds. At any other occasion it is more than acceptable, but how hard is it to put it in a glass? Drinking beer from a can in your living room by yourself (or w/ your wife) after a long hard week, sure that's fine, but elsewhere drink from a glass.

    3.) There is one point that states simply, "If a gentleman can afford to do so, he should have someone else clean his home." Why? There is a fine line between snobbery and etiquette and this crossed it. If it said if the man and his wife are to busy to keep a house clean, then that would make a lot of practical sense. Otherwise, it's a waste.

    4.) The other gives the reader full liberty to not wear socks in many occasions, but says w/o question he must wear a undershirt. Though I live in the North and always wear the two aforementioned articles, I could see why a gentleman from Dixie would not want to wear an undershirt during the summer. Socks are a must, IMHO.

    5.) The quib about always bringing condoms was both out of place and inappropriate in my opinion. Such sexual matters are both personal and vary depending on a gentleman's religious background. It didn't belong in this book.

    Good day.

    4-0 out of 5 stars an aspiring gentleman's view...
    This book has its problems, to be sure, but the truth of the matter is that 85% (at least) of "How To Be A Gentleman : A Contemporary Guide to Common Courtesy" is usable, practical information. It's written in a bulleted style that allows anyone to read a little or a lot without being caught up in excessive narrative. Before one buys the other books in author John Bridges' series, one should start here.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Practical, Succinct Advice
    What it means to be a "gentlemen" is always a matter of opinion. But John Bridges offers us a well-balanced path, addressing most areas of life in a brief 150 page book filled with brief statements, such as, "A gentlemen never tells jokes that may embarass other people, even if those other people are not in the room." The entire book is made up of similar directive sayings (no paragraphs), which is fine with me. It gets the authors points across quickly and clearly.

    The chapter titles include, A Gentlemen Experiences Real Life, A Gentlemen Gets Dressed, A Gentlemen Goes to Dinner, A Gentlemen Says the Right Thing, A Gentlemen Gives A Party, A Gentlemen Goes to A Party, A Gentlemen and His Friends, A Gentlemen Goes to the Office, A Gentlmen Gets Equipped, and Extreme Etiquette: A Gentlemen Faces the Really Big Challenges.

    I was very satsified with this book and highly recommend it.

    2-0 out of 5 stars A simple book.
    A couple of interesting details here and there, a simple reference book for the occasional gentleman.

    1-0 out of 5 stars A child's book
    This book was misrepresented by Amazon as a book on how to be a gentleman, yet it simply a book full of short verses, but instead of reading sayings from the Bible saying Thou shall not, it reads as though an irritating Grandmother is scolding a teenager. I broke the book open at random to give two examples of the nonsense, "A gentleman always shares his umbrella" and "In warm weather a gentleman always wears an undershirt". I think most men, at least I did, buy a book like this to get the latest in style, how to handle ackward conversations, how to work a crowd, the proper behavior when attending funerals, weddings, etc.. My copy of this book is going into the trash, because a gentlemen wouldn't insult his friends by giving it to them. ... Read more

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