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DINING DECODED - ETIQUETTE DINNER SEMINAR

How do your manners measure up when you dine for business or pleasure? Are you more focused on your utensils than on your dining companions or agenda? Join The Etiquette Advocate for a 3-hour, crash course that will polish your etiquette skills and make you confident and comfortable whenever you take your seat at a dining table with friends, colleagues or clients. Dining Decoded is a passport to painless and productive dining experiences. Its not just dinner.

Workshop Content:

  • First Impressions
  • Greetings, Handshake, Introductions
  • Business Card Exchange
  • Networking and Conversation Skills
  • Guest and Host Expectations
  • Menu Maneuvers
  • Navigating a Place Setting
  • American and European Dining styles
  • Mastering Difficult Foods
  • Wine Selection
  • International Protocol Tips

EXECUTIVE ETIQUETTE

**This course is designed for professionals who are considering a career change, looking for the extra edge in business, or entering the global marketplace.**

Good manners are good business. Successful professionals possess personal skills that make the difference in relationships: confidence in one's self and sensitivity to the personalities of others. Because 85% of your success in business is based on your people skills, your demeanor and behavior toward others are as important as your technical abilities and professional competence. Refine your etiquette skills and you will represent your organization with poise and assurance.

Join The Etiquette Advocate for a refresher course in etiquette, protocol and dining dynamics that will polish your image and boost self-confidence in your personal and professional life.

Information on the following topics will be presented through lecture, demonstration and participatory exercises:

  • Effective greetings, introductions and handshakes
  • Business card etiquette
  • Office etiquette review
  • Receiving line protocol
  • Host/Guest responsibilities
  • Business entertaining
  • Dining dynamics
  • Wine Selection Savvy
  • Toasts and gift giving guidelines
  • International protocol pitfalls
  • Top 12 etiquette mistakes

PROTOCOL AND EXECUTIVE ETIQUETTE

Join The Etiquette Advocate and Protocol Partners-Washington Center for Protocol for a comprehensive seminar on protocol, business etiquette and dining dynamics that will raise your protocol IQ; enhance your professional image and people skills; and teach you to greet and host guests with confidence, recognize and accommodate international customs and courtesies, build strong and effective business relationships, and move effortlessly from the conference room to the dining room in any environment or country in the world.

Because 85% of success in business is based on people skills, demeanor and behavior toward others are as important as education and training, technical abilities and professional competence. Protocol and etiquette skills are required in order to represent yourself and your organization with poise and confidence. A lack of these skills can lead to insults, embarrassment, and distractions that prevent you from accomplishing your agenda and reaching your business goals. Successful professionals possess personal skills that make the difference in relationships: confidence, polish and poise, sensitivity to the expectations and cultures of others, and the ability to interpret nuances of customs, individuals, and situations that require special attention.

The seminar is conducted by the Founding Partners of the Washington Center for Protocol and special guest speakers and includes instruction, a comprehensive workbook, continental breakfast, a four-course lunch with dining etiquette and wine selection tutorial, and buffet lunch and reception protocol presentation.

Who Should Attend:

This seminar is designed for individuals who have protocol, events, or meetings and conferences coordination responsibilities; deal with international clients or colleagues; are entering the global marketplace; want to polish their professional image and people skills; are looking for an extra advantage in business; or whose duties in embassies, law firms, universities, corporate or non-profit offices, the military, local, state or U.S. government require a knowledge of protocol.

Seminar Content:

  • Diplomatic protocol
  • International protocol
    • Hosting/Meeting international clients and visitors
    • Preparing to travel abroad
  • Military protocol
  • Order of precedence
  • Forms of address
  • Flag etiquette
  • Executive Etiquette
    • Greetings and handshakes
    • Introductions
    • Business card exchange
    • Office and meetings etiquette
  • Invitations
  • Receiving lines
  • Seating
  • Gift exchange guidelines
  • Host/guest responsibilities
  • Dining etiquette
    • Place settings
    • American and European styles of dining
    • Eating difficult foods
    • Customs and courtesies
  • Reception Protocol
  • Wine selection tutorial
  • Toasts

INTERNATIONAL PROTOCOL AND BUSINESS ETIQUETTE SEMINAR SERIES

Join the Etiquette Advocate and Protocol Partners for a series of educational seminars that will provide businesses and travelers with an in-depth look at the etiquette and protocol of specific areas of the world. By examining and understanding the customs and courtesies of various regions of the world, you will prevent embarrassments, distractions and insults that may affect your relationship with foreign visitors or clients. Learn how to:

  • Host an international visitor or client
  • Prepare for foreign travel;
  • Proper greetings and when and if a handshake is appropriate
  • Forms of address
  • Order of precedence
  • How and when to present a business card
  • Dining etiquette do’s and taboos
  • Host/guest responsibilities
  • Toasts and gift exchange

Guest speakers and a dining tutorial are included in each seminar.


EXTREME ETIQUETTE - Young Professionals Edition

Not ready for primetime dining with your boss, a client, your in-laws or the parents of your significant other? Have doubts about your ability to meet and greet colleagues, make introductions or handle a sticky social situation? Then you need a MANNERS MAKEOVER! Join The Etiquette Advocate for a radical refresher course in etiquette and dining dynamics that will boost your self-confidence in the social and business arenas.

Because 85% of your success in business is based on your people skills, your demeanor and behavior toward others are as important as your technical abilities and professional competence. Employers and clients look for your personal qualities that make the difference in business relationships: courtesy, tact and confidence. Etiquette skills are the foundation of good relationships. Good relationships are good business.

This course is designed to quickly resuscitate manners with a fast-paced, hands-on review of etiquette principles. Through lecture, demonstration and participatory exercises, participants will learn:

  • How to prepare for success
  • Introductions and a proper handshake
  • Business card protocol
  • Office Etiquette
  • Dining etiquette essentials
  • Host/guest responsibilities
  • Top 12 etiquette mistakes

EXTREME ETIQUETTE - College Edition

Did you know that you have five (5!) seconds to make a positive first impression on the people you meet? What are the personal qualities that can help make a positive and lasting impression? Etiquette skills will help you stand out from the crowd when you meet corporate recruiters, internship coordinators, graduate school admissions officers and others who loom large in your future success.

Through lecture, demonstration and participatory exercises, you will learn:

  • How to prepare yourself for success
  • Body language and appearance
  • Introductions and a proper handshake
  • Forms of address
  • Listening and conversation skills
  • Interview etiquette
  • Electronic etiquette
  • Host/guest responsibilities
  • Dining etiquette

DINING ETIQUETTE ESSENTIALS

Lunch or dinner can make or break a new relationship or a business deal. How do your dining etiquette skills measure up? Join The Etiquette Advocate for an instructional dining experience that will put you at ease in any social or business setting and enable you to focus on the agenda, not the silverware. Enjoy a four-course lunch or dinner in a relaxed setting, served with a generous portion of modern etiquette instruction.

Through lecture, demonstration and participation, students will learn:

  • Greetings, introductions and a proper handshake
  • Receiving line protocol
  • Place settings and utensils
  • Mastering difficult foods
  • Toasts
  • Host/Guest responsibilities
  • Business dining tips
  • Top 10 dining etiquette mistakes

TEA ETIQUETTE

Today's business meetings take place in a variety of settings including the conference table, the dining table or the tea table. How will your manners measure up at tea with colleagues or clients?

You are cordially invited to join The Etiquette Advocate for an entertaining tour of the tea table and a delicious afternoon repast in a relaxed and sumptuous setting. Invite others to join you at tea and learn the fascinating history and etiquette of tea service.

Please inquire about scheduling a special tea presentation for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, a bridal shower, graduation or anniversary.


ISO MANNERS - Etiquette Skills for Singles

Not ready for primetime dining with a new friend or the parents of your significant other? Have doubts about how to greet acquaintances, make introductions or handle a sticky social situation? Then you need a MANNERS MAKEOVER! Etiquette skills are a strong asset when meeting new people. Behavior, respect for others and ease in social and business settings reveal a great deal about one's character and potential. People will form their opinions of you based on these characteristics.

Enjoy a pleasant evening of instruction, conversation and dining in a relaxed atmosphere, and meet new friends who, like you, recognize the importance of good manners. You will learn skills that will help you stand out from the crowd, adapt to new situations and increase your self-confidence.

Through lecture, demonstration and participatory exercises, you will learn:

  • How to get noticed in a positive way
  • Proper greetings, introductions and handshakes
  • Listening and conversation skills
  • Electronic etiquette
  • Host/guest responsibilities
  • Dining dynamics

This course also is available to organizations that may wish to offer it to their members as a unique activity. Please contact us to schedule an Etiquette Evening for your group.

MARRIED WITH MANNERS ®

Engaged and married couples are cordially invited to join The Etiquette Advocate for an etiquette essentials immersion. Not ready for prime time dining with the parents of your significant other? Nervous about entertaining new friends, business colleagues or clients? Need information on how to respond to an invitation, make a proper introduction or be a good houseguest? Then you need a MANNERS MAKEOVER!

This course is designed to provide many of the etiquette skills that couples need as they navigate married life. Through lecture, demonstration and participation, couples will learn:

  • Proper greetings, introductions, and handshakes
  • Invitation and correspondence etiquette
  • Entertaining do's and taboos
  • Dining etiquette
  • Toasts
  • Gift giving guidelines
  • Host/Guest responsibilities
  • Top ten etiquette mistakes

DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL PROTOCOL

One- and two-day seminars covering domestic and international cultural distinctions, practices and behavior are available to organizations and individuals. Please contact The Etiquette Advocate for additional information or to request a proposal.