In the high school education business for 25 years, I immersed myself in understanding student culture with class and club sponsorships, speech and debate coaching, student leadership emphasis, as well as classroom learning projects that brought about the demonstrable and measurable best in my students.
Learning right along with my students, while experimenting with learning systems and learning styles, was important to me.
The aim? To inspire my students' confidence in their own abilities regardless of the subject or the setting.
Today as an etiquette educator, the goal is the same: to inspire my students' and clients' confidence in their own abilities to be the very best version of themselves in any setting.
When my husband was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2002, I was plunged into a new “normal” of travel and formal social gatherings, and in the years that followed, I gradually became aware of how uncomfortable I was in many social situations.
Actually, I had never given a thought to the idea that there might be specific rules and skills that would help me reach beyond the vague desire to demonstrate good manners.
Awakening to a long-felt desire to know appropriate social graces that would put me at ease and confident in social situations, I decided to attend etiquette and protocol certification classes, and these kicked off a deep immersion into the study of the importance of etiquette and its practical application to many of the problems of life. (Special thanks to my first teacher in this area, Peggy Newfield.)
Candace Smith ETIQUETTE now features over 170 etiquette blog articles with straightforward etiquette solutions aimed to solve social and workplace challenges of daily and professional life.
In 2012, after completing a first round of etiquette and protocol course work, my husband and I attended a formal event in Scotland. It was like night and day! I experienced a markedly increased confidence level in dining and socializing skills and truly enjoyed the occasion.
This was confirmation – these skills matter! I knew then and there that I wanted to help others gain the confidence to be comfortable in social and professional settings.
I am passionate about teaching skills that have immediate personal and professional benefit, and am dedicated to providing respectful, interactive learning sessions which can be customized for group and individual needs. Comfort and confidence are not trivial matters!
In business since 2012, Candace Smith Etiquette engages students and adults in hands-on learning to gain practical skills in etiquette and protocol for all aspects of “the business of life.”
We are all about interactivity in practice - whether its etiquette in personal interactions with friends and family, or the art of conversation, table manners, making a great first impression, and the many forms of communication used in informal and formal situations.
It’s never too soon or too late to learn the soft skills that help you be the person other people want to be around.
The happy discovery is becoming aware of how etiquette rules and guidelines help us navigate our "everydays" and our special days!
Education: Bachelor of Arts in English, Speech Communication, and History; Master of Arts in Economics Education.
Teaching Awards: the Milken Foundation National Educator’s Award, the National Award for Excellence in Economics Education by the Foundation for Teaching Economics, Colorado Enterprising Teacher of the Year Award, and Colorado Teacher Award.
Personal: Married to the love of my life, mom of 4 children, grandmother of 4 fantastic grandchildren and celebrator the joys of a blended family as well.