Saturday, November 05, 2011

Book Review: Everyday Etiquette, by Patricia Rossi

Having good manners is more than just knowing how to use the right fork at a formal dinner or how to curtsy when meeting the queen. Your manners could mean the difference between getting the job you want (or not) or even attracting and keeping friends and clients. After all, etiquette is not just a set of rules; it also involves treating people kindly and considerately. And it can also boost your self-confidence when you know how to behave in social situations. These are the messages that Patricia Rossi, NBC Daytime’s national manners correspondent, drives home in her new book, Everyday Etiquette: How to Navigate 101 Common and Uncommon Social Situations.

Everyday Etiquette begins with a fun quiz to “Test Your Etiquette IQ” (Do you know the proper place to wear a name tag?), and then launches into the following chapters:

Introducing Yourself
Communicating with Confidence
Social Media in Modern Times
Table Manners
Business Matters
Giving and Receiving Gifts
Invitations, Sympathy Cards, and Thank-You Notes
Out and About
Encouragement in Tough Times

Bullet points and illustrations make it super easy to learn proper etiquette. Personally, I don’t always feel comfortable in social situations, and part of the reason is that I’m afraid I won’t make a good impression. Now that I have Everyday Etiquette, I feel much more comfortable in knowing that I can be well-prepared for any sort of interaction with others. Rossi’s book shows that acquiring good manners is not intimidating. Anyone can excel in etiquette and even change their life as a result. Visit Patricia Rossi’s website at


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