Tuesday 27 January 2009

Book ~ "Don't Take the Last Donut" (2007) Judith Bowman

From Amazon ~ Judith Bowman has written the definitive business etiquette guide. Not only has she covered everything from the nuances of business introductions (the name of the most senior executive is always said first) to which color to use in a handwritten note (blue for social correspondence, black for business), she also addresses networking, the sticky art of meeting people, making business contacts, and currying favor with strangers.

This looked like an interesting read and it was.

Though I found the author to be snooty and old-fashioned at times, I learned some things.

For example, when attending a meeting, try to get the seat that is facing the door as this is the "power" seat. Or when introducing people, ensure that the more senior person is on your right. Or instead of hanging your coat onto the back of your chair (which I would do), sit in the chair and then take your coat off (so you are sitting on it and fling it back).

I must say that for a book about etiquette, there were a lot of typos and grammatical errors. It seems like no one proofread it before it was published.

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