BOOK REVIEW: Poised for Success

I am going to let you in on a little secret of mine, which may surprise some considering the nature of my businesses but not others because they feel the same way. So here goes . . . I really don’t like reading business books! I consider business how-to books as textbooks where you flip to the end of the chapter and you think to yourself, I am never going to accomplish this! I also find that even if I start one, I fail to finish because the content is boring. Don’t get me wrong, I know there is value in reading business-related books, but I find that I am not as engaged as if I were reading just for fun! So let’s fast forward to the next paragraph . . .

My twitter friend Jacqueline Whitmore, an internationally recognized etiquette expert recently sent me her book Poised for Success to review and I have to say that I was immediately captivated by the title, Poised for Success . . . doesn’t the title just scream exactly what I do with my consulting business? I was incredibly excited to get started. Now I know that I expressed my feelings in the first paragraph about business books but this book is unlike any other book I have read. The book was engaging, easy to read, the tips were fantastic and quite honestly, Jacqueline must have been in my head while she was writing this. The philosophies that she discusses in Poised for Success are exactly what I live and teach my clients every day.

She breaks the book down into four qualities that distinguish outstanding professionals:


Once you have mastered these skills you become more self-aware, you have a different kind of unstoppable presence, and you are able to build life-long relationships. Being poised and polished is not something you can fake; it takes time to articulate and develop but once you have mastered the art of being poised and polished, your career will sky rocket!

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:

“You are your own best business card, and when you suit up and step out into the world each day you are sending a message to the world about who you are and how you want to be perceived.”

“There’s putting on clothes and there’s getting dressed.”

“It’s (getting dressed) your personalized method of nonverbally presenting yourself to the world.”

“Looking your best isn’t about vanity; it’s about self-investment.”

“If you want to soar with eagles, don’t hang out with turkeys.” – this is my favorite!!

“It goes without saying that negative self-talk ultimately stands in the way of your success.”

I could go on and on . . .

I HIGHLY recommend this book to absolutely everyone. This book is a must read if you are sitting at your desk wondering why you continue to get passed up for promotions or if you have recently been laid off and you can’t move pass the interview stage. This book that good—call it your mentor or your coach on creating success and believe me, after reading her insight, you will have a different persona that will take your career to new heights!

Jacqueline, you rock girl!

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