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Modern Etiquette for Work and Home

Is 2012 going to be your best year ever?  Do you want to improve your life and be even more amazing than you are right now?   Are you committed to taking it all to the next level? If any of these questions mean anything to you I’ve got two books to get you started.

The first is for those focused on expanding professional circles,  reaching out to new people or just trying to improve their Klout score.

Jacqueline Whitmore’s new book “Poised for Success: Mastering the Four Qualities That Distinguish Outstanding Professionals” is my latest etiquette resource.  Published November 2011, it’s just in time for stepping into 2012 on the right foot.  I borrowed a copy from the library this week and I’m enjoying every page.  She shares stories about her growth in protocol and how this training has shaped her career.   I’m purchasing my own copy from Barnes and Noble.  (It’s also available on Amazon.com and Books-A-Million.) You can also follow her on Twitter – her username is @etiquetteexpert.  You’ll enjoy Jacqueline’s timeline –  it is filled with great tips on being appropriate.

My next recommendation is one of the first etiquette books in my library – “The New Basic Black: Home Training for Modern Times — Revised Edition.”  Updated in 2005, it’s a tried and true guide to all things manners.  This book answers questions about situations that could arise and prepares you for the inevitable.  If anyone in your family or friend circle needs a bit of polish this is also a perfect gift.  The Karens (co-authors Grigsby Bates and Hudson) have a gentle, honest style that’s easy to read and straight to the point.  It includes specifics about African American culture, but the overall message is universal.

Take time to assess your professional goals this month and think about your personal ones as well.  Don’t be afraid to learn what you need to be more polished.  The goal of etiquette is being comfortable in any environment.

Happy Reading!!

  1. Kalisia walker
    January 11, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Ok like what I see so far let’s add a section for teens. I live on the east cost and unless you live in Beverly Hills there is no such thing as manners do would like to expand for teens.

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