Advance your Swagger

Advance your Swagger

How to Use Manners, Confidence, and Style to Get Ahead

Book - 2007
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An etiquette guide from the hip-hop stylist demonstrates the secrets of eating, dressing, and living with style, class, common-sense, and manners and how to use manners and style to get ahead in life.
Publisher: New York : Villard Books, c2007.
ISBN: 9781400064533
Branch Call Number: 395 B477
Characteristics: xii, 113 p. : col. ill. ; 25 cm.


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Feb 28, 2016

This book is a hoot to read (though it's meant to be taken seriously)! This Fonzworth guy, basically a hanger-on assistant in the music industry, gives basic etiquette lessons to guys who listen to hip hop and rap music music. Like, "Hey m-f, you don't hold your fork like that, hold it like this." Fonzworth want to teach you how to swagger. The definition of swagger: "walk or behave in a very arrogant or aggressive way." Yeah, that'll get you a job.

adgrace Nov 07, 2011

The librarian chuckled a bit when I returned this book and asked me if it was any good. My reply was that I would recommend this book to anyone - and I really meant it - though the intended audience of teenagers and young adults would probably be best served by what it has to say. The text is straightforward, clear, and relevant. Fonzworth Bentley describes how he used a combination of good manners, patience, ambition, and an eagerness to learn to work his way up in the entertainment industry. He lays out some rules of etiquette for common situations (dining in restaurants, job interviews) and shares anecdotes from the time he spent working as P.Diddy’s personal assistance. The best lesson the book has to offer is that good manners can be used as a tool to get what you want - a lesson that may reach some who don’t see the inherently value in saying please and thank you. The fact that the writing is, at times, hilarious (example: "Remember, most folks are shady and won't tell you when you have that piece of lettuce in the corner of your mouth.") is just a bonus.

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