Social and Business Etiquette

“The Polished Professional” : 1-3 day Comprehensive workshops for the man and woman aspiring to advance their Career and Social life to the next level.”

Position yourself for Greatness, as you upgrade your personality! Gain the competitive edge by eliminating cultural borders! Why do some people seem to move quickly up the corporate ladder while others with equal qualifications get left behind?  Why are some people liked wherever they go and some cannot seem to get one fan? Often the difference can be attributed to their ability to navigate the Dos and Do Nots of increasingly complex business etiquette. In this hands-on interactive workshop you will gain the understanding of how to master the new codes of contemporary international behavior to position yourself as credible, knowledgeable, cultured and authoritative; thereby making a positive and lasting impression every time, everywhere. The Manners and Grace Polished Professional Sessions will teach you more than just Basic Manners 101. You will learn how subtle but critical social behaviours can often make or break an important meeting, influence a first impression or impress a potential client. And not only on home turf, but abroad as well: you will feel as comfortable in Abuja and Lagos, as in London, Beijing, Washington or Dubai. Come prepared for entertainment. You will laugh as you learn to refine your networking skills, make polished introductions, present confident toasts, eat tricky foods and do so much more. You will also learn appropriate workplace behaviours for the office, at meetings, via video conference, on-line and during off-the-clock gatherings.

Breaking News – The Original Etiquette Manuals of Western civilization were in fact, Success Manuals..
According to Rob Asghar, Contributor, Forbes Leadership Review, ” There’s always a tension between how much we should follow our instincts and how much we should yield to Social conventions. …The tendency is to tilt too far towards our instincts and ..there’s a risk in that. You don’t know whom you might be offending or how you might be sabotaging your own success”.
To position yourself for greatness at the office, you will just have to observe those simple, common sense (but often neglected) rules that propel us towards success.
For instance, do we know what direction from which to approach a colleague seated at his desk?  Do we appreciate that compassion and empathy will serve us much better to earn respect? Do you know that if you are the boss, unless your team is on a shotgun deadline, you do not send demanding e mails to your colleagues during the weekend? And yes – the latest fad. Ear plugs and Head phones! Do you know that wearing ear plugs while seated in your office, in the elevator or walking along the corridors/ hallways is like putting a ‘Do not disturb’ sign on yourself. It sends a message that you want to be left alone – an unfriendly gesture at best.
If you want to get ahead, you have to break out of your cocoon.
We are here to help at Manners and Grace ..Just please call..