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Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire: Business Sense & Sensibility

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  781 ratings  ·  109 reviews
From the #1 New York Times bestselling “high priestess of French lady wisdom” (USA Today) comes every woman’s guide to navigating the world of work, living the good life, and savoring every minute of it.

Mireille Guiliano, internationally bestselling author of French Women Don’t Get Fat and former senior executive for Veuve Clicquot,
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ebook, 272 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Atria Books (first published September 1st 2009)
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Laura
I was not sure what to expect with this book, as I received it as a gift. It claims to offer practical advice, but what the author presents feels mostly irrelevant in the specifics to most working women. The author inhabits the world as a successful author and champagne executive. Also, she seemingly attributes all of her success to speaking English with a French accent.
Devon
Wanting to read yet another business book, I wanted to find something crisp, intelligent, sassy and a little focused on the ladies.

Then, I found this: Mireille Guiliano's "Women, Work and the Art of Savoir Faire." A witty, chic, stylistic tip-book of sorts on how to navigate the business world from stilettos.

Guiliano's style of writing is so sincere and so down to earth, you'd think you were best girlfriends for years. Her ideas of life happening in stages and taking calculated risks at the righ
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Jenny
I was excited to read "words of wisdom" from a successful businesswoman. I found the book to be trite and she seemed so full of herself I was unable to finish it. She also injects all these cutsie French phrases in that made me want to throw up.
Heather
Not a book I would recommend. The author's self-centered, over developed sense of ego is overbearing to the message. She writes with a style that her way is the only way. Also, when giving examples she always says, "I", "I", "I". There are never positive team examples, only highlights things her team did wrong and how she saved the day. Also, the entire book reads like an endorsement for her champagne company. There are better books to gain the same message so steer clear of this one.
Becky
A wonderful book on all aspects of women in business. Mireille Guiliano acknowledges and addresses differences between men and women in work without any kind of political agenda - which I loved. I wanted to recommend this book to all the people I took a library management class with last semester - men and women.
C
Maybe it's because I read the reviews before I actually read the book, but I started out feeling very skeptical about this title. As I finished reading it and was able to spend some time reflecting, I realized that I didn't dislike it as I thought I would. I'm also quite certain that if I were to meet the author she'd likely both terrify and completely captivate me.

I'm writing this review from the perspective of someone who operates in a world that is in many ways very different from Mireille Gu
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Terri
This book begins well. Mireille Guiliano lets you know that she has the portfolio to be able to hand out advice. As a French woman in New York, her accent and obvious ability to speak French and English well, made her a desirable candidate for a terrific job, selling French champagne to the American public. And she excelled.

A lot of Guiliano's advice seems facile but in this day when some hopeful job applicants don't know to change out of their jeans and flip flops and strapless tops for an inte
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Carissa Weibley
My takeaway: A little bit of luck and a lot of moxie, plus a good wardrobe, haircut and etiquette will take you far. Having a mentor, and going to the right schools and getting the right "first" job will take you farther.

The book doesn't really give you any specifics on how to go about getting yourself to the top. And the author even starts out by saying she followed a man from France to the US, which some people would have considered to be a bad move at the time. The things she stresses almost
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Bloodorange
Let's say I read it so that you don't have to. It's a cut above reading career advice in Cosmo. It reads OK, but the content is a) really nothing you wouldn't find everywhere else (other than the writer's emphasis on the importance of good writing skills and good manners in the business environment), b) rather unrelatable in today's economy.
ashleyTIA
Sound advice - nothing earth-shattering, but I needed all the reminders. Mireille definitely has me daydreaming about all things French lately. I enjoyed this enough that I plan on reading her other books soon.
Christina Boyle
Her writing style is basically insufferable. I had to grit my teeth and make it through the end of the book. It was nonetheless interesting to hear her success tips, even if most were platitudes.
Grace
I did not enjoy reading this book and found the voice of this author to be annoying.
Caroline
listened to it on audio in the car. it felt like a conversation I would have with a good coworker or mentor. not a book on how to succeed in business but! more like a conversation on all the aspects.... communication key, dress, hosting, dining etiquette, manners, cultural sensitivity, personal stories of being the woman working big positions with men ( don't cry, scream or curse). most topics that are not in the big business books but smalls things that can help you stand out or understand nuan ...more
Olga
Mireille Giuliano is the author of a book you may have heard of, French Women Don't Get Fat. While I haven't read that best-seller of hers, not yet anyway (it's all for health, I assure you, vanity has nothing to do with it!), the title of this book made it seem like it would be a good read right now: lately I have been pondering career advancement, how we women fit into the world where men continue to rule, and why the situation is what it is. Guiliano was president and CEO of Clicquot, Inc. fo ...more
Lenore Webb
We all (at times) wish we had that special flair, that look that entices or that throaty laugh. As well as that may turn a head or two, it does not always do well in the work place. No there we have to have something even better. Savoir Faire ! You know, the ability to say or do the right or graceful thing. Well it may be a french term but it is a southern lady tradition. And being a Texan I know that we may talk horse sense but we do use our southern charms.

You can also use that art to help you
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Ellin
Oct 22, 2009 Ellin added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Women starting out in the business world
I really enjoyed M. Guiliano's two previous books (French Women Don't Get Fat and French Women For All Seasons) so when I won this book, I was really looking forward to reading it. However, I was a bit disappointed. The book is a "woman's guide to navigating the world of work, living the good life, and savoring every minute of it." M. Guiliano gives practical advice on a multitude of things; how to dress for business, dining etiquette, even hair cuts and more. In some cases, I found the advice t ...more
Beth
Women, Work, and the Art of Savoir Faire is a great book on leadership and the top reason for this is that it doesn’t read like a leadership book. Ms. Guiliano was the CEO of Veuve Clicquot before embarking on her next career as a successful author. (Her first book was French Women Don’t Get Fat.) She has a conversational style to her writing that makes her points in an enjoyable manner. The book wasn’t preachy nor did it teach a specific business style, it simply gave tips and tricks that the a ...more
gina
Jun 06, 2011 gina rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one at all really. Go read a business etiquette book. It will serve you better.
Shelves: nonfiction
I listened to the audiobook version, read by the author herself. Perhaps it is simply a matter of personal preference but I despised her voice and her inability to speak American English properly. She is french and had a strong stereotypical french accent. At first, unaccustomed to this accent I had to strain to figure out the pattern of her dropped consonants and mangled vowels. Still, even several chapters in I'd be left scratching my head over a word that even in context it took several secon ...more
Brittany
I don't know what I was expecting to get from this book. Maybe I should not have been as shocked at my boredom and pissed-offedness as I was, especially since I read Guiliano's two previous books. Basically, this is an extremely superficial business book. It is superficial in Guiliano's view of women in business (they should be thin, dress well, have degrees from Harvard and work for "big name" firms), and it was superficial in it's advice (how to choose a restaurant for a business dinner). Basi ...more
Heather
SWE Book Club Mar/Apr 2010

This is the third book that I've read by this author, so I obviously enjoy reading her work. It is a book on women in the business world, and I found it to be engaging and helpful, without being preachy or forcing/guilting women into becoming ball-busters in order to survive in a male-dominated environment. It is clear that she maintained her individuality, her personal values and goals, consciously maintained her work/life balance, and her own feminine style, in ways t
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Candice
Oct 29, 2009 Candice rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women at all stages of their career, but particularly those just beginning
Recommended to Candice by: FirstReads
Shelves: first-reads
This book is geared toward women with at least a college education who are looking for a fulfilling career, rather than just a job. Guiliano puts first things first – choosing a career path. Then she gives advice on writing a resume, applying for jobs, and interviewing before launching into on the job advice.

Much of her advice seems like common sense, but bears repeating – grooming and clothing, manners and etiquette, effective communication. You have a job, and now what do you do? Balancing wor
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Katie
I only got about three quarters of the way through listening to the audio book version of Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire before I decided the rest wasn't worth my time. The first quarter or so of the book was a highly interesting look at the author's work life and her main ideas of how to look at work. It gave me new perspective and was entertaining. It was inspiring and motivating.

The book went steadily downhill from there as Guiliano got much too specific rather than keep her advice
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Mandy
This book was great! If you are a young woman who is attempting to get her career going, I highly recommend reading this book. The advice is exactly what I would give to other women (not that I have much experience myself) and I already held or agree completely with many of the philosophies the author expresses. Things like "never cry at work" and "don't swear or raise your voice at work" are rules I firmly believe in as a woman. Also she talks about setting a good example in the workplace throu ...more
Danielle Larca
"These four support legs and the all-important anchors at their base remind me of what it takes to support a work-life balance. The four elements are: 1) good health, 2) a functional social network of friends and family, 3) a solid employment situation, and 4) time, space, principles and policies for yourself" (p. 156).

In Women, Work and the Art of Savoir Faire, Mireille Guiliano shows women how they can achieve the healthy work-life balance she describes above. She doesn't pretend to know it al
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AdultNonFiction Teton County Library
I listened to Mireille Guiliano's "Why French Women Don't Get Fat" as an audio book and found it delightfully entertaining as well as providing some useful tips on a healthy lifestyle aimed at American women. This is her second book and I was hoping for the same light, easy and entertaining read, which it is but not as much fun or useful. The Art of Savoir Faire is a great topic and coming from a worldly French lady even better- or so I thought. I was a tad disappointed by the book, I ended up s ...more
Erica Leigh
There are not as many books as there should be by women helping other women move ahead in business. I came across this book and waited some time before purchasing it - I should have asked my library to locate a copy for me instead. It's not that it was a bad book or that there weren't some useful ideas - I had simply expected and wanted more from it. I think the book may be more useful to young women starting out in their career, as she discusses the ideas of knowing yourself and creating your o ...more
Jodi
This book has something for every woman in the workplace whether you are just starting out or have been a career woman for decades. She discusses the value of mentorship and how women rarely have mentors or turn around and mentor other women. This is crucial. She discusses her own rise and the choices she's made. She is straightforward in her ideas that having it all is a myth. She also discusses enlightened self-interest and how to get to the point of having it. Even her discussion of a busines ...more
Gabrielle Trenbath
Parisienne Mireille Guiliano brings us Women, Work and the Art of Savoir Faire and it is aimed for young women who are want to make it big in business and public sphere. While a lot of her suggestions are common sense, it good to be remained of the importance of dressing well, the “thank you note” and business dinner etiquette, it doesn’t really challenge the barriers that prevent women from climbing the ladder.

It is as if she’s saying ‘this is how it is and this how you work the system’; it wou
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Karen
Enjoyed this book as it took me on Mireille's pathway to success. Leaves you with a sense of empowerment: you need to surround yourself with positive influences, but also be positive yourself. I already am excited to have a celebratory bottle of Veuve Cliquot when I meet my current major goal!
Julia
Madame Guiliano covers the basics in this charming, anecdotal book about how to succeed in the business world. Her approach is broad and has a french twist; she thinks well outside the boardroom and includes commentary on style, happiness, stress management, and finding balance in your life.
The Art of Savoir Faire explains that knowledge is not as important to success as knowing how to do things is - how to look the part, act the part, and use your wiles to get the job done.
Some of the advice
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Internationally best-selling author Mireille Guiliano was for over 20 years the spokesperson for Champagne Veuve Clicquot and a senior executive at LVMH as well as CEO of Clicquot, Inc., the US firm she helped found in 1984 and was its first employee. Her first book, French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure, became a runaway best seller around the globe in 2005. She followed u ...more
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