If you think charm school is just for debutantes, think again! Charm (or etiquette) classes teach you more than how to pour tea for your guests; they teach you how to conduct yourself in a professional and confident manner. You also learn how to deal with difficult situations and people gracefully — all skills that are helpful in both your everyday and professional life.
However, there are a couple of different brands of charm/etiquette classes. There are your standard charm classes, but there are also various business etiquette seminars available. Classes are offered for everyone from children to adults, and cover everything from the aforementioned serving tea to conducting the office party at your home.
There are a few places in Cincinnati who offer etiquette classes. The Etiquette Institute in Columbus offers several different classes around Ohio for children, teens and professionals.
My Personal Best
This program, designed for young professionals or college students, can help you become more confident. In the class, you get advice on personal style, conversation and personal skills. There are three workshops in the program:
- Communications: telephone etiquette and body language
- Savvy Socializing: dining, hosting, being a guest, invitations and business entertaining.
- This program will be offered 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Tri-County Mall and from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept 21 at the Cincinnatian Hotel.
The Business of Manners
In this class specifically designed for business professionals, you will learn how to market yourself better by becoming more confident, getting style advice and dining tips. There are three parts to this program as well:
- The Power of First Impressions: Introducing yourself to others, responding to an introduction, shaking hands, body language, eye contact, conversations skills and more.
- Dine Like a Dignitary: navigating the place setting, American and continental styles of eating, the Dos and Don’ts of Dining and more.
- Dress for Success: Dos and Don’ts of business casual, The Art of Alterations and more.
*Editor’s note: Currently, The Business of Manners only has classes scheduled for the Columbus area.
However, if you can’t make it to any classes, the Internet is chock full of resources. There are several etiquette courses offered online and Web sites full of tips. Here are just a few:
- The Etiquette Police offer a free online course that covers dining, business, weddings and more.
- If you would rather get some videos, BusinessTrainingMedia.com offer them for business etiquette, conflict resolution, telephone skills and more.
- Manners International offers online courses, training DVDs and online articles dealing with table manners, social etiquette, table setting and more.
When it comes to etiquette, you’re never too young or too old to learn good manners!