The Impostor’s Handbook: The Rules of Success For Those of Us Who Have No Idea How to Play the Game
By: Ross McCammon
All the advice you really need to be confident and authentic at work, even when you have no idea what’s going on.
Ross McCammon learned the hard way. When he was invited to come to New York to write at Esquire magazine at the age of thirty, Texas-born Ross was sure he was doomed to fail. He was thrown in the deep end in one of the most stylish and competitive cities in the world. But he soon realised that everyone felt like he did, and that no one feels like an insider. In short – everyone’s faking it.
Now, in The Impostor’s Handbook, he offers a funny and frank guide to pretending you are as charming, relaxed, interesting and witty as you want to be. With chapters on interviews, handshakes, entering a room, how to email like Robert De Niro, how to ‘do’ lunch, drinks, chitchat, when to shut up, and how to employ a profanity, The Impostor’s Handbook throws the conventional self-help wisdom out of the window and gives you all the ammunition you need to fake your own bona fide success story.
Don’t go to work without it.
A handy how-to guide on cultivating and applying today’s most useful business skills…. An effective amalgam of satire and practicality, McCammon’s functional playbook takes the guesswork and much of the mystery out of job searches and appropriate office etiquette.
How to achieve success in the workplace is the gist of this humorously effective handbook… McCammon’s lessons have the ring of universal applicability and honest truth. Read this delightful book, and relish its never-highfalutin approach.
- Booklist (starred review)
My advice: Do not read this book at work. That’s because it will make you snort with laughter, perhaps even giggle, and generally look unprofessional. On the other hand, DO read this book before or after work or any other time. Not only is it hilarious, but it’s massively useful. Ross McCammon gives great advice about interviews, speeches, collaborations, clothes and the art of not being the office jerk. This is my favorite business book in years.
- AJ Jacobs, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Year of Living Biblically
Regardless of your vocation, Ross McCammon provides you with all the skinny required to find your fanny with both hands. Hilarious and true, this navigational chapbook knows the score.
- Nick Offerman, New York Times bestselling author of Gumption and Paddle Your Own Canoe
A funny guide to help the introverted become extroverts without becoming jerks. Indispensable.
- Patton Oswalt, New York Times bestselling author of Silver Screen Fiend