While most children were enjoying their summer days playing in the sunshine, Derrick Watkins — aka Fonzworth Bentley — spent his free moments perfecting his etiquette. He was constantly by his side at parties and videos — so much so that he became a celebrity himself. Bentley: I had to be like But it ended up being a great thing. And it was Bill Cosby! Bentley: Well I was working at Polo at the time, so if I ever wanted to go out, I would always be dressed in a suit.
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Return to Book Page. 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. Filled with photographs to illustrate his lessons, Advance Your Swagger is the lifestyle book of the year.
Bentley whip yours into style. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Advance Your Swagger , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.
Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jun 11, Andre rated it it was ok. You must be doing something right. This book isn't even "Manners ", it's more like "Manners for Dummies". On "Manners": Look people in the eye as much as possible or give the impression that you are.
Use "Thank You" and ask yourself when was the "If you got twelve people hating on you, figure out how to make it fourteen. Use "Thank You" and ask yourself when was the last time you uttered the word "Please".
On "Confidence": This section was extremely light and dull. Maybe only because I've read some pretty in-depth books on body language. The whole section, summarized, it would look like, "Own that ponytail. Work that up do! Helpful advice, but probably could have been a short blog entry as opposed to 50 pages in a book. And, uhh, there you have it. Improve your SQ swagger quotient and then, umm, move along, Lil Chillens.
View 1 comment. Feb 24, Ski Chills rated it it was amazing. May 09, Sherreka Burton rated it really liked it. While much of this was not new to me, a LOT of people could benefit from it, especially the manners portion. It was quick and to the point, which I also appreciated.
Mar 06, Darrell rated it really liked it. These are assembled by editors and full of bold typefaces, stark photos and gently ribald humor. Tips on how to tie a neck tie, doing Kegel exercises and tightening up one's abdominal muscles abound. An even more intriguing subset in this field is the "authored by the neo-dandy" the fastidiousness and attention to appearance that the neo-dandy maintains is impressive to me.
It is more enlightening to hear from the kid who didn't fit in his formative years and eventually found a niche for himself than the fratboy who cleaned up. Diddy Comb's umbrella and made multiple rap video cameos for a brief period in the early 's Mr. Lots of common sense stuff - Look folks straight in the eye, always say hello in passing, send hand written thank you notes directly after a job interview, tip your waitstaff well, check your breath, order the least expensive entree when someone's guest etc.
I like the homage he pays to his relatives and the attention that is paid to common decency three cheers for a useful pop book Nov 30, Rachel rated it really liked it. Yes, this is a slim volume full of illustrations and things that might seem to be common sense, such as "don't chew with your mouth open.
I see people not only chewing with their mouth open but eating buckets of greasy fried chicken on the subway and tossing the bones and dirty napkins on the floor. People blather on their cell phones in inappropriate places like four-star restaurants, h Yes, this is a slim volume full of illustrations and things that might seem to be common sense, such as "don't chew with your mouth open. People blather on their cell phones in inappropriate places like four-star restaurants, hospital emergency rooms, and movie theatres.
Everyone is confused about who picks up the check and some women think it's always the man's responsibility tip from Fonzworth: whoever does the asking-out-to-dinner should be prepared to pay the check.
It's okay for old-fashioned guys to want to pay for their girl but even old-fashioned guys love to be treated sometimes. If you have even a modicum of manners and etiquette, you might not get much from this book. But if you are a tween or teenager on the cusp of manhood it is really intended for men, although there is a lot of useful information for women as well , this book might prove quite useful.
And if you are an adult who has come to believe that things like hostess gifts, RSVPs, and thank-you cards don't matter, that sweatpants are appropriate attire for any occassion, that you can talk on your cell phone wherever you damn please, or that it's fine to bring a posse of friends when you are invited to a dinner party, then this book can really help straighten you out.
Apr 14, Joni rated it really liked it. I demand that Mr. Bentley write another and longer book. This one was way too entertaining, full of photos, informative, descriptive, and conversational. I couldn't have been more disappointed that I finished reading it in one good sitting. He covered how to tie a necktie, bowtie, how to eat at a dinner table, how to talk on your cell phone and when I especially appreciated that chapter because I hate loud cell phone people , and tipping.
I definitely felt that I learned something about manne I demand that Mr. I definitely felt that I learned something about manners from this book, most especially regarding how to figure out when and how to tip.
Apr 24, Rachel Willis rated it did not like it Recommends it for: No one. This book was utterly stupid. Perhaps if I knew nothing of basic manners I would have benefited from this book, but that is not the case. The name dropping was annoying, to say the least, and the book overall was poorly written.
I read the book because I thought it pertained to getting ahead at work which it wasn't. I won't ever read this book again. Dec 20, Nancy Pe'a rated it really liked it. Bread on the left, drinks on the right, Introduce high-ranking people first. An easy read with easy to remember tips on must-know-manners. Mar 19, Nick Eckhoff rated it liked it. Just a quick, fun reminder about the finer points of style and etiquette. By no means a complete guide to making that transition from rough to royalty, Fonzworth gives you some things to think about and some fun photos to accent his finer points.
Swagger on. Nov 15, Erin rated it liked it. This isn't really anything I didn't know, but I'm adding it to my class. The advice is straight forward and practical for teenagers who don't always know the practical.
Aug 05, Roosevelt Wright rated it liked it. A very quick and informative read about manners and style for today's young adult. It is a primer for those who want to know how to avoid being ghetto in their relationships. Feb 06, Edward rated it liked it.
Beginners guide to advancing your swagger, get it for your teenage nephew! Oct 14, Jackie rated it it was amazing. I read this book fairly quick and it makes you really think about some of the things that do very frequently.
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Advance Your Swagger: How to Use Manners, Confidence, and Style to Get Ahead