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The Etiquette Advantage Hardcover – 1 Nov 1999

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A reference on using personal etiquette to get ahead in the business world.

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146 of 150 people found the following review helpful
By Diana Amsterdam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Before I sent my young staff out into the professional world, I asked them to read this book. I thought it might help them learn basics like how to handle themselves in a business meeting; how to dress; how to represent the company. It has done all that. What's more, each member of my staff has told me that he or she found the answer to a pressing question (for example, the exact correct form for a memo).
They don't teach this stuff in business school.
This isn't a rulesy book. The etiquette isn't handed down as law or must-dos; rather it is practical, real, down-to-earth, useful advice for everybody who needs to succeed in a professional or corporate environment. There is LOADS of practical information in these 550 pages: everything from how to write a Policies and Procedures Manual (information I might actually need if my business keeps growing) to the proper use of business cards (and how to make them look good). The book is also, dare I say, moral or ethical in its viewpoint: it posits that doing things courteously, considerately, thoughtfully and honestly, is THE SAME AS doing them in a way that helps you be a winner. I like that. I think it's true.
You can use the book either as a read-through or as a spot reference. For example, if you're about to go to your first trade show or convention, read the four pages on the subject, and you'll know EVERYTHING you need -- including such details as precisely where to wear your name tag. (This, like all the information given, is in here not for propriety's sake but for real reasons; the best place to wear your name tag is the place it best communicates your name.)
Even an old hand at grammar found a few useful tips in the excellent sections on business writing. Ah, if only everybody who corresponds with me had read this, I would be needing a lot less aspirin.
Although I didn't personally need the chapter on finding a job, I think it's as good as any I've seen -- thorough yet not extreme, giving advice that you can actually take.
Buy it for your office and keep it where everybody can read. You'll see people picking it up all the time, I'm sure.
48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Best in Class 22 Jan. 2002
By ebd9242 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
We provide this book to undergraduate students enrolled in a business-engineering program to prepare them for situations they may encounter in their first jobs. These situations frequently fall into the "what you don't know you don't know" category of student knowledge.
Besides preparing them for their first encounters with formal behavior in "informal" business situations (often in job interviews), this book we believe will serve as a useful reference for them as they advance into management. The book is well-organized and well-written. It covers a number of very specific situations that, even if they never occur in one's direct experience, convey the elements of common sense and consideration that underly all etiquette.
The authors thankfully avoid spending time on how to arrange the seating at a state dinner or how to address the Belgian ambassador, a common mistake in books of this genre. What they offer is practical, useable advice on the types of real social interactions that occur in business. A very useful book and well worth the price. Definitely five stars.
32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
How To Succeed In Business! 26 Jun. 2000
By Isadora Fox - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A must-read for anyone who aspires to handle challenging business situations with skill and grace. The Posts provide guidance in navigating the choppy waters of the business world with intelligence, candor, and skill. Most importantly, they let you know which practices are relevant, which are obsolete, and what you must know about the changing face of etiquette as technology advances and the world becomes closer. Their message--that highly effective people are also courteous people--is truer than you'll ever know. The next time you have a client dinner or a staff meeting, thumb through this book first. You'll be glad that you did! --Isadora Fox
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Best book on subject 9 Oct. 2001
By Senior Wall Street event planner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is by far the best business etiquette book on the market. The freshness and depth of the Writing and Speaking chapters alone make it worth the price. Never stodgy, the book covers all the bases with clarity and wit.
30 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Only For Those With Little or No Work Experience 17 Sept. 2004
By M. C. Ciulla - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book was advertised as though it would be valuable for any professional. This is absolutely not the case. This book covers very, very basic guidelines and does so in an overview type fashion. I would recommend this book for college graduates or those who are employed at entry level jobs and are seeking advancement.
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