In a recent survey, eight out of 10 Americans felt that a lack of respect and courtesy is a serious national problem. Four out of 10 admitted to behaving badly themselves. Do you want to be part of the problem or part of the solution?
Don't Take the Last Donut gives you the tools you need to be confident and letter-perfect in any business setting—from pitch to presentation, from networking to contract negotiations, and everything in between.
With this audiobook, you will easily master the art of small talk, the protocol of the perfect business introduction, and the many nuances of the business lunch. You'll never feel awkward in a business setting again!
Don't Take the Last Donut unlocks the mysteries and benefits of business etiquette. More than simple good manners, business protocol is a set of tools that allows you to move with confidence through any business setting and act with ease in any meeting or presentation.
Secure in the knowledge that you are doing the "right" thing in any business situation, you will be freed to focus on your real goals without worrying about which fork to use or how to greet a international colleague.
At a time when organizations and standard hierarchies are in flux, the wise use of business protocol will allow you to stand out and set the right tone in all of your business relationships—correct, secure, flawless.
About the Author
Judith Bowman, founder of Rhode Island–based Protocol Consultants International, is a veteran of protocol education who works with corporate executives and political leaders. She provides training, seminars, personal coaching, and speaking services for small and midsize companies, as well as Fortune 500 firms. A graduate of Boston College, she has written articles for Forbes, CFO magazine, CNN Everyday Money, Business Week, Boston Business Journal, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and other publications. She is also the author of the syndicated weekly column “Everyday Etiquette.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was very dissapointed with this book. There is a reason the book was on the clearance shelf and really not even worth the $8. This is a fantastic book if you are a somewhat uncouth uptight Ivy League grad working for an overly conservative Fortune 50 company in the Northeast. If that's not you, skip this book! Emily Post provides more realistic advice. Ms. Bowman provides accurate and useful advice for introducing, networking, engaging in small talk, dining, and meeting with heads of state and Fortune 50 CEOs. And some of her tips can be applied in the general business world, but most of her advice is overly stuffy. A few pieces of advice that I found particulary amusing - Arrive at a restaraunt early so you can inform your waitor of the correct order in which to take guest's orders. If you are dining at a nice restaraunt, your waitor will know how to take orders. Ladies will love this one - only wear black, navy, gray, or pinstripe suits. No colors (unless you've earned it) & especially no brown. Now I'm not advocating a hot pink mini skirt suit with loads of flashy jewelry & clown make-up, but there are thousands of women who are extremely successful and wear color often. One of the recommended ways for presenting business cards was borderline comical - Use both hands, hold both corners, and present "with a bow-like gesture" Ms. Bowman often repeats herself throughout the book, almost verbatim. While reinforcing previous ideas is fine, copying is not. I found myself wondering whether I had already read a particular section. Overall this book is far too uptight for everyday business and the vast majority of business people. No doubt Ms. Bowman is skilled in protocol and would be a tremendous resource for business leaders in 1950, just not in 2009.
Everywhere we go these days...it seems like no one has a sense of etiquette. What happened? Ms. Bowman will walk you through the way it was and the way it should be again. As a result of this book, I have changed a lot about my etiquette...and you will too when you read the book. http://www.photographybyski.com