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Teenage Etiquette and Social Skills Class


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?

Napkin etiquette

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