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The Pocket Butler by Charles MacPherson

These are a few of my favourite things from Charles The Butler...

Charles The Butler (as he is fondly know as) is back with a new compact guide to modern manners, business etiquette and everyday entertaining. Already an expert in etiquette, Charles MacPherson surely knows how to pack a pocket-sized wallop in The Pocket Butler. 

The Language Of The Butler

"You always have just one chance to make a first impression." 

Charles The Butler reminds us of this important rule in his book, and has a few suggestions on how to create a good first impression. 

"When meeting someone for the first time, repeat his or her name in your conversation." 

The Do's and Don'ts of a Handshake

"A badly executed handshake, poorly timed, will inevitably create a negative impression."

So, what makes a handshake effective? 

"It should be genuine and friendly; it should not be tentative or indifferent."

The Perfect Bar

Bringing back old favourites like the art of folding napkins, Charles MacPherson has new tricks up his sleeve. One of my faves is the section on Bar Set-Up For 50 Guests. There is a checklist that lists exactly the amount of ingredients required to set up a bar for a party. After all, the worst thing that can happen is to run out of alcohol or ice. 

Here's a good tip from Charles for a four-hour cocktail party: 

Plan for 2 drinks per person for the first hour, and then 1 drink per person for each hour after that. 

Each person consumes approximately 2 lbs of ice. 

Taking The Final Bow

Speaking of wine and spirits and all things, The Pocket Butler also incorporates a six-step process on decanting wine, and a five-step process in popping champagne. You will have to read The Pocket Butler to find out that information. 

And, if you love a more meatier companion to The Pocket Butler, Charles MacPherson's The Butler Speaks is a wonderful compilation of everything you need to know to live life fabulously. 

I met Charles a few years ago and he was so gracious and poised. Read all about our conversation here

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------The Pocket Butler is published by Appetite By Random House®, A division of Random House Canada Limited, a Penguin Random House Company.