Book review: Women, Work and the Art of Savoir Faire

IMG_6201This is one of those common sense books. That doesn’t mean it’s bad, it’s a nice, easy and quick read but not really my cup of tea. I payed £2.00 for it in a shop in Huddersfield and now that I’ve read it I know that I’m please I didn’t pay more.

It didn’t suck me in or motivate me. Once I had read it I didn’t feel delightfully inspired and read to take over the world, something I always want from a book. I finished reading it with a few things confirmed about how to dress for work, a reminder to get a blow dry before a meeting or job interview and other bits and bobs of common sense.

I don’t really class this as a business book. There aren’t many business tips there, but it contains (as I keep saying) common sense. I much prefer inspiring and motivating business books such as Richard Branson : Business Stripped Bare. I have raved about Branson’s books for a long time now, even today I was recommending them to someone in a local shop.

I like to feel totally inspired when I read a book, even if it’s not business based. Sadly I didn’t get that from Mireille Guiliano’s book, but as I said…it wasn’t awful just a little basic and more of a check list of things to do and not to do when you’re a woman in business. It was flowery and soft for me, I think there are other major factors to consider when competing in what some call the ‘male dominated’ world of business.

I would like to read Mireille Guiliano’s French Women Don’t Get Fat, I am always happy to give an author a second chance. Sometimes a certain topic can just not be for you. I try to make sure I don’t disregard an author, director or any creative from any walk of life based upon only one experience of their work. I make a point of seeing and experiencing what else they’ve done. I have read good things about French Women Don’t Get Fat, if it’s for me I am not sure and I will only know by reading it. I plan to pick up a copy if I see it in a charity shop or for a few pounds. . Have any of you read it ?

Do I think you should read Women, Work and the Art of Savoir Faire? I wouldn’t say you should put it at the top of your list. If you like check lists, want to find out how to host a dinner party for business guests and other general tips then pick it up for 50p in a charity shop. But as a business book for inspiration and motivation then no. Save your hard earned money.

Has anyone read this book ? I would love to know your thoughts on it. 

I must add that Mireille Guiliano sounds like a lovely woman, she has succeeded in business and got to the top of her game. I would much rather read a book about the challenges she faced and got through in business, not because she is a woman but because she was hardworking and passionate.