Etiquette Classes that
Build Confidence 

Looking to help other people professionalize?

Want to Add Acumen to Your Business Culture?

Candace Smith

If you are charged with helping others prepare for entry into their next phases of productive life, or guiding your company to meet and maintain its image of excellence, I would love to help you accomplish your goals.

I bring my experience as a seasoned educator to the task of tailoring etiquette and practical life skills classes to the circumstances of your business, group, program, school, or office.

Seminars and trainings are conducted on-site and are interactive and content-customized to meet your organization’s needs.

Learning Sessions May Include These Etiquette and Communication Basics

The first 7 seconds and making a good first impression; professional attire; communication and body language; how mindfulness of purpose is just as important as punctuality; properly introducing yourself and introducing others; meeting and greeting others at events; the perfect handshake and interim pandemic substitutions; communication know-how for any situation; starting and ending a conversation with ease; food and socializing go hand-in-hand at professional events, teleconference communication; interviewing tips; extending invitations; RSVPs and their importance; properly writing thank-you notes; courteous use of electronic communications such a texting, email, messaging; social media faux pas; basic mindset of being "etiquette-ful"; building trust and trustworthiness factors.

Why Are “Soft" Social Skills Important?

  • People do business and interact with those they know, like, and trust. 
  • Employers are looking for employees who demonstrate not just technical skills and know-how, but people skills and practiced professional etiquette skills.
  • Adeptly interfacing with associates, clients, customers, instructors, and fellow learners in a polite, authentic manner helps you conduct business more effectively, and also can benefit your personal life.
  • In a world in which “private” so quickly turns “public,” etiquette skills add great value to anyone’s social and business skills toolbox.

Customize a Class for your business, career center, university, or group:

Networking Skills at Professional and Social Stand-up Events

Handshake Tutorial

The proper handshake and greeting others professionally; preparation before an event; body language (what do you want to communicate?); introducing yourself and others; remembering names; conversations and socializing; what to do with your hands at a reception — holding the plate, glass, napkin and shaking hands at the same time; the food table and appetizers; giving and receiving business cards, following up; written thank-you notes.

Etiquette Basics with Emphasis on Non-verbal Communication

Presenting yourself; posture and body language; smile, eye contact and the handshake; sitting and standing; gestures and distractions; personal space awareness and sensitivity of others’ space; speaking and listening timing tips; deconstructing the perfect handshake; good grooming; professional attire and how to know you look your very best; mobile devices: a whole new era.

Professional Dining Etiquette During a Four-course Meal

Reading your place setting as a map; table setting logic; approaching the table; when and where to sit; the critical role of the host; being a great guest; table etiquette Do's and Don'ts; American and Continental dining styles; proper use of the napkin; passing food; holding your dining tools correctly; conversation at the table; personal and common space at the table; when you have to be excused; mobile devices; hosting or attending a business lunch at a restaurant; being recognizably respectful when dining with others.

Short sessions, half-day, or full-day sessions can be customized to meet your organizational goals.

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