Nan Marshall and Helen Broder

What Would George Do?

"a refreshing look at our everyday world"

“Nan Marshall and Helen Broder have provided a modern context to the timeless precepts of George Washington’s Rules of Civility. In an age when basic civility is on the wane, this is a much needed treatise.

Curt Viebranz, President of George Washington's Mount Vernon

“Having strived to represent my country well in my years of competing around the world, I found What Would George Do? to be an enjoyable handbook that reinforces the importance of civility.”

Bonnie Blair, five-time Olympic gold medalist in speed skating

About the Book

Rule 1:  Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect to those that are present.

Does being polite and considerate, polished and well-spoken, respectful and dignified have any relevance in our increasingly informal democracy? Is there still a significant social advantage to knowing what to do and when to do it? Can we afford to take time out for good manners midst the breakneck speed of our daily lives? When it comes to how to behave, who better to ask than George Washington, the father of our country?

At first glance, the world of the twenty-first century and the world of our first president could hardly be more different. Modern life is filled with distractions from technology, hectic schedules and multitasking. However, George Washington lived through a time of great turmoil. As a general and politician, he was subject to stressors to an extreme that most of us will never know. Graciousness and dignity, however, were his hallmarks, and he lived his life by the code defined in The Rules of Civility.

This practical and elegant guide will serve as a reminder to those who have forgotten their manners or never learned them in the first place. While technology has moved forward, the question “What would George Washington do?” has become more relevant than ever.

Read this book

  • If you wear clothes, walk, talk, eat, flirt, shop
  • If you attend parties, host parties, are the guest, have guests
  • If you want to inspire the next generation, comfort the sick, console the grieving
  • If you travel by foot, bicycle, or car
  • If you correspond by phone, snail mail, e-mail, text, or social media

Written by a mother daughter duo Nan Marshall and Helen Broder, this guide brings a nuanced but blunt, morally alert yet entertaining intergenerational perspective to the question of what it means to be a civilized American today.


  • The book is a joy! Helen and Nan have created a simple-to-use, easy-to-read guide on how to personally interact with others.

    Cam Marston, author, speaker, and president of Generational Insights

  • This book is necessary! . . . a life changer.

    Ross Shafer, speaker and president of Ross Shafer Consultants, Inc.

  • [A] very important book for our time. You’ll be a nicer and better person for reading it.

    Mark Sanborn, best selling author of “The Fred Factor”

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    The Authors

    Nan Marshall

    Nan Marshall, whose family’s roots trace back to colonial America, team-writes with her daughter Helen Broder. Marshall encourages her audience to look back in time in order to be more effective members of the twenty-first-century society. Her stories focus on the tradition of civility in a changing America. By combining her experiences and skill sets with those of her daughter, Marshall uses her speaking and writing to show that life lessons can be learned from people across generational gaps.

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    Helen Broder

    Helen Broder, one-half of a writing duo with her mother, Nan Marshall, is the founder and president of Speaker Management, LLC, where she represents prominent professional speakers such as Cam Marston, Mark Sanborn, and Ross Shafer. Her early marketing career began at TBS and led her to become the director of the Olympic Sports and Speakers Bureau divisions at Advantage International, now Octagon. Through her position as director, Broder managed the business careers of many well-known sports figures.

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