Advance your Swagger

Advance your Swagger

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

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“My manners were the first ingredient that set me apart from my peers,” notes the suave and stylish Fonzworth Bentley, Sean “Diddy” Combs’s former personal assistant and a celebrity in his own right. Now, in this one-of-a-kind book, Bentley shares his surefire strategies for success.

Just how does a guy move from Atlanta to New York City without knowing a soul in the entertainment industry and become, in less than two years, the P.A. to one of the biggest moguls in hip-hop history? Bentley attributes his accomplishment to one key equation: Manners + Confidence + Style = Swagger. With this formula, Bentley transformed himself into an icon of unflappable grace, elegance, and good manners–and now he’s on a mission to help you step up your game, advance your swagger, get ahead, and live out your dreams.

Inside you’ll learn everything you need to know about

• manners and the magic of Please and Thank You
• the art of eating well, from which glass to use to handling the napkin
• the basics of fine dining, whether you’re a host or a guest
• the do’s and “oh no you di’int’s” of cell phones, e-mail, and text messaging
• projecting confidence through your body language
• the power of introductions, even when you can’t remember someone’s name
• what to do before, during, and after a job interview
• body maintenance, from hair to toes to pearly whites
• the principles of timeless fashion, so you never go out of style
• 15 things every man and 15 things every woman must have in his or her closet
Plus “Bent Hints”–little things to keep in mind for any occasion

Though we seem to be in the midst of what Bentley calls “the Golden Age of Disrespect,” he demonstrates how we can add a touch of class and dignity to our lives. He’s here to make sure your color schemes are fly and your stance is stage-ready.

Filled with photographs to illustrate his lessons, Advance Your Swagger is the lifestyle book of the year. He’s taken care of his world–now let Mr. Bentley whip yours into style.

Baker & Taylor
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.

& Taylor

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. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Villard Books, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400064533
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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