Modern Manners: Tools to Take You to the Top, co-authored by Dorothea Johnson and Liv Tyler, covers all branches of the etiquette tree. Beautifully illustrated with cleverly mixed typeface, Modern Manners explains the proper way to execute everything from introductions to cell phone use. The entire book has an easy, conversational tone to it, and includes handy visuals for reference. Dorothea and Liv address the importance of greetings (always stand if possible), share tips for remembering names, and methods for successfully driving a conversation.
Shifting to the business world, the authors also address standards of a resume and smart ways to navigate an interview. They give sample “thank you” notes for following up, and even give visuals for each level of formality in business attire. There is also an entire section on phone etiquette (answering, voice mail, and texting) that would prove valuable for any reader.
In the social media section, Johnson and Tyler cover several popular technology resources along with the specific pitfalls and “netiquette” advised for each. They summarize by writing about the importance of using technology to the fullest while also striking a balance between technology and actual live and in person relationships.
Regardless of the specific division of customs being covered, Modern Manners focuses on the importance of putting first the needs and comfort of the other people involved. That alone makes this book stand out in today’s contemporary society!
I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this honest review.