I have three etiquette books in my library –
Manners Can Be Fun by Munro Leaf
Amy Vanderbilt’s Complete Book of Etiquette
Etiquette For Dummiesby Sue Fox
I think it is a good idea to have at least one etiquette book as a guide. No matter what your age, social standing, or financial position, there will come a time when you will need to feel comfortable in any occasion. There is nothing worse than finding yourself in a situation beyond your social skills.
Believe me I know that feeling. As an 18 year old I accepted a dinner date. Much to my dismay I was taken to a very high end French restaurant. Two years of Latin and two years of Spanish didn’t help when I was presented with a menu in French. My date was as befuddled as I. We were spared total embarrassment by a helpful waiter who took pity on us. I realized after that occasion that I didn’t need to learn French, I just needed to know how to gracefully handle the situation. That is when I bought my first etiquette book.
As you grow in years and experience you need to be able to meet more demanding social situations with confidence and ease. This holds true in both your social and business life.
by Lois Jamieson
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