(Olivia Oxley 17 (left), passes the sugar and milk to Pam Pongthavornsawadi)
Etiquette may seem like an outdated notion to some, but teenagers are proving they are still interested in how to act, especially to avoid being socially awkward. DANIELLE NICASTRI
NORTH SHORE TIMES
Grace Academy is offering a Protocol & Etiquette Course July 26th, 8:00am-4pm for 8th grade & High School students with Abigail George, Certified Etiquette Coach of The George School of Protocol. Call 671-477-2222 or 987-1503 Paula S.
Students are really interested in avoiding any awkwardness in any social situations, so giving them confidence to approach any situation gives them a huge advantage in day to day life and future career.
A Willoughby Girls High School student said about manners.
“We were surprised how etiquette is mainly about respect and being culturally aware about the people we are talking to.
“. . . . the little things we do correctly, can make a big difference.”
How to Meet New People and Introduce Others
Introducing ourselves is creating a first impression and we want that impression to be a good one! Students learn how to confidently make eye-contact, offer a firm handshake, speak audibly and clearly when introducing themselves.
They also learn how to introduce people who have not previously met, putting them at ease, confidently and in the correct order.
How to Dine
Students are greeted with enchanting table scapes that draw them into the lesson.
Students learn how to eat finger foods and enjoy a formal, 5-course meal, using all of their utensils correctly, implementing courteous table behavior, and engaging in interesting conversation.
It is amazing to see how the students will sit gracefully, fully engaged in our full, 5-course formal dining experience.
(Abigail George at Duke University) Students learn both the continental and zig-zag styles of dining.
How to Speak in Public
Did you know that more than ANYTHING else in the world, public speaking is the single most feared thing? Giving them an edge on this starting out is invaluable!
Phone Etiquette and Safety
Students are helped to understand that the phone is a personal connection to the outside world for communication, emergency situations, and business.
How to Write Thank You Notes and Show Appreciation
We believe it is so important to teach students how to be appreciative of the special things others do for and give them. Writing thank-you notes is a tangible way students can show gratitude.
We'll cover the correct format for writing a thank-you note and talk about when a thank-you note is warranted.
Middle & High School Ages:
For our classes we have found dividing girls and boys is the most effective way to teach them about what could be sensitive issues like body-image, hygiene, and social insecurities.
-Our girls only classes focus on Introductions, Building Confidence, Correspondence, Clothing, Dining, Communications, and Courtesy.
-Our boys only classes focus on Introductions, Attire, Correspondence, Dining, Communication and Sportsmanship.
High School Ages:
Our high school level lessons also focus on promoting knowledgeable, courteous, and considerate behavior toward others. This course will help increase the students' confidence in their ability to handle demanding situations, including college interviews. It also helps students appreciate their good points and concentrate on developing them.