Do you want to become an Etiquette Trainer? Don’t miss this opportunity to find out what 4 Etiquette Professionals from Canada, USA, Germany and the UK have to say about their first experience when they started to work in the etiquette industry.
Become an Etiquette Trainer:
4 Experts share their first experiences
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Suzanne Nourse (Canada)
The Protocol School of Ottawa opened for business in 2004. I was certified by The Protocol School of Washington in 2002 and continued in my college teaching job for a couple of years. My main focus is Corporate/Business Etiquette, International Protocol and Medical/Dental Office Professionalism. To round out my programs I developed Afternoon Tea & Etiquette and that is what my first client wanted. Fulford Place is an historic residence/museum in a small town, Brockville, south of my home city of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. They conduct guided tours and also have a lovely, little tea room.
I set up my tea display of tea paraphernalia in the grand salon. The guests sat at chairs and tables. How grand. After my presentation we all made our way to the tea room. Afternoon Tea had been included in the fee for the afternoon. I’m a believer in practising what is discussed – so, let’s have tea! I table hopped and answered questions as the participants enjoyed their finger sandwiches and scones. I quickly learned that the facilitator does not have time to eat or even drink. I think I left several barely touched cups of tea at various tables.
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Carey Sue Vega (USA)
I officially became an Etiquette Professional in 2001 when I completed training with the National League of Junior Cotillions to become a licensed director. I ‘unofficially’ have been an Etiquette Professional for many years leading up to the formal training. In 1989 I developed a ‘Manner Madness’ program for the recreation department at the resort where I was serving as an intern. For 10 years I worked for Norwegian Cruise Line and during that time while I was a Cruise Director, I put together an Etiquette and Entertaining program with another crew member. He was a formally trained English Butler so I owe much of my ‘formal’ etiquette training to him.
I currently offer programs for students 5th – 8th grade, High School, as well as Business Etiquette and Corporate Training for college students and professionals.
I love working as an Etiquette Professional; sharing the tools and tips to help people feel more comfortable in any situation is so rewarding. So many people think manners and etiquette are stuffy and formal. When in reality, they give you great self-esteem and help you to fit in, allowing you to put others at ease.
During that first experience, I learned that people want to learn; they want to feel more comfortable in social situations. That helps me to feel more confident in my teaching abilities and I am more at ease when I go into the ‘classroom’ setting… knowing what the end result is going to be. I strongly believe that manners and etiquette are our compass and anchor for happy living as we navigate the social seas of life.
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Diana Mather (United Kingdom)
My company, Public Image, was originally created as a company specialising in presentation, inter-personal skills and media relations and it was one of the first companies in the field of image building to achieve formal approval by the House of Commons for advising Members of Parliament in the UK on the whole range of topics relating to their public performance.
I started out as an Etiquette Professional in 2005 when I discovered that all the finishing schools in the UK had closed down and there was nothing to replace them. I realised that girls no longer want to spend a year on a course these days, so I spotted a niche in the market and decided to re-invent the traditional British finishing school by modernising the curriculum and condensing it to 5 days – a Finishing School for the 21st century! After offering the story to our local papers I was contacted by BBC TV and BBC Radio’s ‘Woman’s Hour’ to cover the launch of the first course for Young Ladies. This led to enquiries from people from all over the globe and when I introduced the first finishing school for Gentlemen in Scotland it gained attention from the world’s media.
The pilot courses were very interesting as it enabled me to find out what our clients really wanted. Adding things like self defence for example, was very popular. One may ask what that has to do with etiquette, but in the past Ladies never went out unchaperoned, which is not the case nowadays, so we show our students how to keep safe.
I have always been interested in good manners and etiquette because my great grandfather, Edward Weissmuller von Wimmis, was an envoy to the Court of St James in London in the 20th century. He escorted The Duke of Cumberland on the Garter Mission to Japan and arranged the itinerary for The Crown Prince of Siam on his visits to the Courts of Europe, Russia and Asia as well as organizing ‘The Grand Tour’ for many aristocratic families. As a result international protocol, etiquette, and good manners have been very much an integral part of my life. My clients range from ages 16 – 66 and come from all over the world. Some are ladies who want to hone their social skills, others are students wanting to gain some social graces and others and work in all kinds of industries. I have now set up Public Image in Angola, Kenya and Uganda in Africa and am getting enquiries from Russia, China and India to start companies there.
My expectations from the first courses we ran were quite low. I didn’t know how the girls would react. People said to me ‘how can you teach girls to become young ladies in 5 days?’ my reply was that if they wanted to become young ladies, we could teach them a lot in that time. If they didn’t want to learn, then a year’s course wouldn’t be long enough. My gut feeling was right. I was delighted by how the course went. The girls really took in everything we taught them and could see the value these social skills would bring in later life. One thing I have learnt from subsequent courses is the age bracket. If the girls are too young (14 or under) they are not as receptive and are inclined to resent being told how to behave properly. Those that are going to university, college or into the job market see how important table manners, good deportment and the ability to make small talk, for example, are when it comes to success in adult social and corporate life.
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Author: Karin Schroeck-Singh
Karin Schroeck-Singh is a trilingual Career Optimizer at www.Careerheads.com. She has an MBA from the University of Leicester (UK) and gained 20 years of international work experience in various industries in Italy, the UK and India. Her passion lies in creating multilingual, high-quality content in career matters, giving highly engaging public speeches and helping job seekers to optimize their career by providing professional coaching. She is the author of several ebooks, among them “44 Tips for a successful Video Interview” (http://careerheads.com/product/ebook-44-tips-for-a-successful-video-interview/). She has written several career and business articles for international HR and Marketing companies. Her favourite motto is “Learn from anyone, anywhere, anytime!” Follow her on Twitter @CareerHeads.