This course focuses on helping students (aged 13-15) gain skills to develop a positive self-awareness that will contribute to making a lasting impression. Etiquette expert and founder of ‘The Standard Companion’, Ana Retallack, will guide the students to building strong self-esteem through improved social skills, body language and good posture. As well as learning the value of positive body language, self-respect and respecting others, they will also gain invaluable strategies for managing nerves.
Finally, the importance of table manners in the modern world is covered during this session, giving the students an opportunity to put newly acquired dining skills into practice over a 2-course lunch!
This course is ideal for those wishing to increase their general social and self-awareness in order to behave and manage themselves in a wide range of situations.
First Impressions Count
The importance of a good handshake
Meeting new people and making confident introductions
Hugs and kisses! Social kissing explained – and the cultural differences
Small talk, ‘big’ talk & topics to avoid
What to do when you don’t catch their name
Party tricks and tips!
Mobile phone etiquette
Body Language and Posture
How to present ourselves positively
Recognising positive and negative body language signs
Don’t cross your arms and other body language pitfalls
Standing tall and sitting straight
Walking well to instill self-confidence
Strike a pose! Setting yourself up for great photos!
Modern Table Manners
Setting the table – knowing where all the pieces of cutlery, crockery, glassware & linens go
Navigating a place setting: Which bread plate is mine? Which glass do I use?
Dos and don’ts in a dining environment
Your duties as a host – and a guest!
Knowing when to start
How not to ‘HKLP’! Holding cutlery correctly
Polite table talk
Passing and offering food
How to deal discretely with food you don’t like – and offend no one!
What to do when we have finished eating