One Day Essential Social Etiquette
Our intensive one-day course focuses on those burning questions and social sticking points you’ve always had but were too afraid to ask. It is ideal for those who wish to polish up their politesse, perhaps due to a change of lifestyle, living arrangement, or just to find that extra bit of confidence. Your tutor will work individually with you to make sure you understand every part of the content.
What follows below is a précis of the course content.
Introductions and Social Skills
It’s back to basics for the first part of the course as your tutor will discuss and explain social interaction. Some of the topics you will cover include:
The perfect introduction and handshake
Social kissing explained
What to do when you have forgotten someone's name
Small talk to big talk
Getting rid of the social bore!
We are firmly in the digital age, and many of us spend too much time hunched over our computers, slaving away at hot keyboards. Understandably, our posture has deteriorated and if not corrected then we’ll be very familiar with the chiropractor in later life!
How to sit like The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Walking (the book on the head!)
Body language: reading the silent signals
Introduction to Dining Etiquette
The second part of the day focuses on food and how to eat it. Western dining is very much focussed on minimising the awareness that one is eating, and the many rules and protocols that come with the dining room can confuse many people, but once explained the myriad of cutlery and glasses is demystified forever. As part of the day you will enjoy a one-course lunch in one of our venue’s semi-formal dining rooms, where your tutor will continue this part of the course. Below are just some of the areas your tutor will cover:
The tools of the table
Introduction to the British place setting
Handling tricky and foreign food
Thanks to various television shows, plus the recent recession, staying in is the new going out. Entertaining at home is now the preferred option when it comes to getting a group of friends together. Many are unaware of how to do it properly and the very thought of having people for dinner at eight can induce a mild panic and cold sweats. Fear no longer as we school you in the theory as to how to put on that 10/10 dinner party.
The humble dinner party
The role of the host and duties as a guest
Cocktail parties vs drinks parties
Whilst many will now be invited to a party via Facebook rather than a postal invitation, knowing the correct form and done thing helps any guest or wannabe host negotiate the social minefield that is correspondence.
The art of letter writing, from thank you letters to condolence letters
Business vs social letters
The correct use of the 'At Home' card
Twitiquette: managing your online presence
Dressed for Success
It’s all very well knowing how to shake a hand and how to introduce your friends, but if your clothes don’t match your new found confidence and soft skills then you’re back to square one. We will look at formal and semi-formal dress codes and what these really mean for men & women, as well as discussing how to carry your designer handbag and wear those sunglasses without looking tacky! Our clothes can say a lot about us and many do not think enough about what they pick out to wear in the morning and the connotations and silent messages that they give out. Just some of the areas your tutor will teach include:
Dress codes explained: from White Tie to Smart Casual
Knowing when to remove your hat
Shoes, socks and hosiery
Sunglasses, accessories and jewellery