21st-Century Etiquette: Charlotte Ford's Guide to Manners for the Modern Age

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From high-speed communication to alternative lifestyles, modern life is rapidly rendering old etiquette rules obsolete. In this helpful guide, doyenne of decorum Charlotte Ford takes the mystery out of modern propriety with unstuffy, reliable advice on how to behave and skillfully solve every social conundrum. Ms. Ford tackles cell phone civility, dating and the single life, workplace propriety, dressing appropriately, entertaining, email and other correspondence, handling divorce and other life challenges; as well as everyday etiquette for the gym, smoking, tipping, and more. Readers will welcome Ms. Ford's useful advice, all of which originates in common sense and respect for others.

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What's the proper way to address a business colleague over email? Is it a social faux pas to use one's cell phone on a commuter train? What's a polite way to get out of a second date? Nowadays it seems the old rules of etiquette are changing faster than we can keep up with them. Technology that accelerates communication; alternative lifestyles and family arrangements; tele-commuting and other unconventional career situations all conspire to render many of the rules of generations past obsolete. Amidst such changes many of us are at a loss for how to behave with good manners and grace. In 21st-Century Etiquette, Charlotte Ford, a doyenne of decorum in her own right, takes the mystery out of modern propriety and reminds us that polite behavior comes down to a simple matter of common sense and treating others with respect. Never stuffy and always direct, she offers reliable advice for every area of contemporary life and every conceivable social conundrum including: cell phone civility; dating and the single life; modern marriages and alternative lifestyles; propriety in the workplace; dressing for all occasions; entertaining from easy to extravagant; correspondence including email, invitations, and condolence cards; handling divorce, illness, and other of life's challenges; everyday etiquette concerning the gym, smoking, tipping, gift giving, and more.Peppered throughout with personal essays from some of today's most poised and successful communicators, including Cokie Roberts and Helen Gurley Brown, as well as helpful lists of etiquette "do's and don'ts," 21st-Century Etiquette is a delightfully readable and immensely useful guide that is sure to set the standard for a brand-new century of civility. (6 1/4 x 9 1/4, 304 pages, illustrations)

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 Charlotte Ford is the author of two other books and has been a contributing editor at McCall's magazine. She is active on the boards of several charitable organizations.

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