Holiday Manners: Mastering your Table Etiquette

The Hol­i­days are filled with fam­ily din­ners, com­pany par­ties & meet­ing future in-laws.  Do you find your­self still ask­ing” which is my bread plate”?

So let us celebrate the true Light of the World: Happy Hanukkah

 

So let us cel­e­brate the true Light of the World
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To all who celebrate

Hanukkah

Dear friends,

As the sacred time comes around once again, we keep in mind the holy words writ­ten cen­turies ago:

My refuge, my rock of sal­va­tion! ‘Tis pleas­ant to sing to your praises.
Let our house of prayer be restored. And there we will offer You our thanks.
When You will have utterly silenced The loud-mouthed foe.
Then we will cel­e­brate with song and psalm the altar’s ded­i­ca­tion.
— Ma’oz Tzur
Happy Hanukkah,

Jules Hirst

Eti­quette Con­sult­ing Inc

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Free Networking Etiquette Workshop

 Join me for a FREE Net­work­ing Eti­quette Workshop

Join me on April 30th for a Net­work­ing Eti­quette Workshop

Below are a few of the top­ics we will be covering:

  • Break­ing into conversations
  • Escap­ing the “Chatty Kathy” with ease and grace
  • What does your hand­shake say about you?
  • The Busi­ness Card
  • Deadly Net­work­ing mis­takes to avoids
  • The Fol­low up

Details:

Date: April 30th, 2014

Time: 6:00 — 7:00 PM

Loca­tion: 13250 E. Philadel­phia St., Whit­tier, CA 90601

R.S.V.P. at: 562–945-3904

Your Invest­ment: Free

Modern Manners for the Holiday’s — Children

The holiday’s are filled with many fes­tiv­i­ties and get-togethers, which make it the per­fect time to work on man­ners.  With man­ners being a lost art in today’s soci­ety, these chil­dren do not know that good man­ners are a skill that can pro­vide an advan­tage in the busi­ness world as well as in their daily life.

We will cover the following:

Social

  • First Impressions/Body language
  • Intro­duc­tions and handshakes
  • Please, thank you and excuse me
  • Being a gra­cious host
  • Being a gra­cious guest
  • Thank you notes
  • Giv­ing & receiv­ing gifts
  • Cell phone & Social Media do’s and don’ts

Din­ing

  • Basic table set­ting vs. Semi formal 
  • Per­fect­ing Amer­i­can style of dining
  • Pos­ture at the table
  • Proper table talk
  • Menus and order­ing meals
  • Nap­kins
  • Dif­fi­cult to eat foods
  • Din­ing do’s and don’ts
 
Ses­sion con­cludes with a din­ner party where the stu­dents can prac­tice every­thing they have learned while enjoy­ing a multi course lunch. Classes are inter­ac­tive and are taught using role-playing exercises.
 
Stu­dents will receive a hand­book con­tain­ing the lessons for the course that they may keep and use to help rein­force the proper social behav­ior, self-respect and self-confidence that they will take away from the class – while hav­ing fun & mak­ing new friends.
 
Min­i­mum of 3 stu­dents needed for the event to go forward. 
 

Dates:  Wednes­day  Decem­ber 18, 2013              

Time: 1:00 – 3:30pm

Ages: 5 — 9

Loca­tion: Pri­vate Res­i­dence in Mar Vista  

Your Invest­ment: $140.00 per student

Lim­ited to 10 students

  

About the Pre­sen­ter, Jules Hirst:

 

Jules Hirst, Etiquette Expert

Eti­quette Expert Jules Hirst pres­i­dent of Eti­quette Con­sult­ing, Inc. She offers work­shops on a vari­ety of busi­ness, social and din­ing eti­quette top­ics and is a con­tribut­ing author of The Power of Civil­ity. Jules has been inter­viewed by and quoted in a vari­ety of media includ­ing NBC Nightly News, ABC World News, San Diego Tri­bune, Yahoo Shine, The Smart Show, KNX AM 1070 and Bravo T.V.. Visit her webiste @ www.juleshirst.com. Tweet her @Etiquette411 

 

Holiday Mingle: Networking like a pro

Holiday Business Manners_Jules HirstHol­i­day Min­gle: Net­work­ing like a pro

The hol­i­day sea­son is made up of numer­ous social and busi­ness events; it is a per­fect time to work on your BLT Fac­tor (believ­abil­ity, like­abil­ity and trust­wor­thi­ness). Devel­op­ing your BLT Fac­tor will help you add to your con­tacts and expand your network.

Join me on Octo­ber 28th for Hol­i­day Min­gle: Net­work­ing like a Pro

We will cover the following:

  • Break­ing into conversations
  • Escap­ing the “Chatty Kathy” with ease and grace
  • Per­fect­ing your Ele­va­tor Pitch
  • What does your hand­shake say about you?
  • Main­tain­ing an Excep­tional Pro­fes­sional Image at Hol­i­day Parties
  • The Busi­ness Card
  • Seven Deadly Net­work­ing mis­takes to avoids

Details:

Date:  Octo­ber 28, 2013

Time: 6:30 — 8:30 PM

Loca­tion: 9415 Cul­ver Blvd, Cul­ver City 90232

Your Invest­ment: $33.00

Don’t let your career be held pris­oner by net­work­ing anx­i­ety join us on Octo­ber 28th at 6:30 pm

6 Etiquette Tips to Keep in Mind this Labor Day Weekend

Potluck Etiquette_Jules Hirst Etiquette Expert

If you are ask­ing your guests to bring a dish, you must be clear.

 Labor Day week­end, the unof­fi­cial end of sum­mer, is one last time for a get-together with fam­ily and friends to cel­e­brate what I hope was a won­der­ful sum­mer.  If your week­end plans con­sist of a potluck or if you are host­ing, here are six eti­quette tips to keep in mind.

Host:

1. If you are ask­ing your guests to bring a dish, you must be clear as to what you are pro­vid­ing and what your guests should bring.  I know some peo­ple have a hard time with this one.  But, to be the host­ess with the most­ess, it is your respon­si­bil­ity to make sure you have a vari­ety of dishes and not an over­flow of plates and napkins.

2. Com­pli­ment the food whether it is true or not.  Always try to com­pli­ment the guests on the dishes they pro­vided espe­cially those who are not com­fort­able with cook­ing.  If they made an effort, let them know you appre­ci­ate it.  Not only are you show­ing your appre­ci­a­tion but you are also giv­ing the inex­pe­ri­enced cook a vote of con­fi­dence, which I am sure they will appreciate.

3.  Greet all of your guests.  Whether you are hav­ing a small gath­er­ing or a large party, it is your respon­si­bil­ity as host to greet all of your guests as they arrive and to make sure every­one knows each other.  This is a per­fect time to put into prac­tice your intro­duc­tion skills.

Guests:

1. Bring a dish; a bot­tle of wine is not a dish!  If the host does not ask for a spe­cific dish then offer suggestions.

2.  If you are plan­ning to bring a dish that needs to be heated or refrig­er­ated, don’t assume that you may do so.  Con­tact the host ahead of time to make sure there will be room.

3. Bring a host­ess gift.  Although you are never required to pro­vide a gift, the host has opened their home, cleaned before the party, will clean after the party and although every­one is bring­ing a dish, the host still spends quite a bit of money to put this party together.  I often hear, “I am bring­ing a dish, isn’t that my gift?”   No, it is not.

Regard­less of what your plans are this week­end, I wish all of you a happy and safe Labor Day week­end.  One last thing, if you do spend time with your fam­ily and friends, they deserve your full atten­tion.  Turn off your cell phone.

Tuesday Etiquette Tip

When it comes to Din­ing Eti­quette

Jules Hirst_Etiquette Expert

No Mat­ter which is requested always pass them both together.

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Happy Birthday America!

Happy Birthday America!

“And I’m proud to be an Amer­i­can,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t for­get the men who died,
who gave that right to me.“
~  Lee Greenwood

On behalf of Eti­quette Con­sult­ing Inc, we wish you and your fam­ily a Happy and Safe Inde­pen­dence Day.

Free­dom isn’t free.  Thank you to the men and women who self­lessly serve our coun­try.  Look­ing for an orga­ni­za­tion to sup­port our Vet­er­ans?  Here are two great organizations:

1. Build­ing for America’s Bravest helps build Smart Homes for cat­a­stroph­i­cally injured vet­er­ans return­ing home from ser­vice. Visit their web­site at: https://ourbravest.org/

2. Uni­form of Suc­cess JoS. A. Bank have joined with the Gary Sinise Foun­da­tion to give suits to thou­sands of mil­i­tary vet­er­ans as they re-enter the civil­ian work­force. Visit JoS. A. Bank’s  web­site at: http://www.josbank.com/menswear/shop/ContentView?langId=-1&storeId=11001&catalogId=10050&contentKey=QRRETAIL9

To read more on the Gary Sinise Foun­da­tion visit his web­site at: http://www.garysinisefoundation.org/

Grace and Good Manners for Youth & Teens

Anto­nio Sabato Jr. Act­ing Acad­emy & Liv­ing Social Present:

Two-Hour Mod­ern Eti­quette Class for Kids & Teens

Youth & Teen Etiquette Classes & Charm SchoolTired of hear­ing “I’m bored from your youth or teen?  Pros from Anto­nio Sabato Jr. Act­ing Acad­emy have a solu­tion for you.  Enjoy a pro­gram that high­lights life inter­ac­tion skills like the Golden Rule, a proper hand­shake, din­ing skills, phone eti­quette, and more, teach­ing chil­dren to nav­i­gate the world through real-life exam­ples and inter­ac­tive exer­cises.  Classes are taught by none other than Jules Hirst, co-author of The Power of Civil­ity and founder of Eti­quette Con­sult­ing, Inc.

In this 2-hour Grace and Good Man­ners work­shop your youth & teens will learn:

Chil­dren:

Basic Eti­quette & Good Table Man­ners 1:  Children

  • Pre­sen­ta­tion Skills
  • First Impressions/Body language
  • Intro­duc­tions and handshakes
  • What is self-esteem
  • Pos­i­tive thinking
  • Man­ners and Pos­ture at the table
  • Set­ting your place at the table, the basics

Choose from 4 dates: July 22, 24, 26 & 28

Time: 1:00–3:00pm

To pur­chase your ticket visit: Liv­ing Social

Your Invest­ment: $99.00 ($300.00 value)

Loca­tion: Anto­nio Sabato Jr. Act­ing Acad­emy for Chil­dren & Young Adults, 31368 Via Col­i­nas, West­lake Vil­lage CA, 91320

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Teens:

Basic Eti­quette & Good Table Man­ners 1:  Teens

  • Pre­sen­ta­tion Skills
  • First Impressions/Body language
  • Intro­duc­tions and handshakes
  • Job/Internship inter­view
  • Pos­i­tive thinking
  • Man­ners and Pos­ture at the table
  • Set­ting your place at the table

Choose from 4 dates: July 7, 8, 10 & 12

Ages: 13–17

Time: 1:00– 3:00 pm

Your Invest­ment: $99.00 ($300.00 value)

To pur­chase your ticket visit: Liv­ing Social

Loca­tion: Anto­nio Sabato Jr. Act­ing Acad­emy for Chil­dren & Young Adults, 31368 Via Col­i­nas, West­lake Vil­lage CA, 91320

Stu­dents will receive a hand­out con­tain­ing the lessons for the course that they may keep and use to help rein­force the proper social behav­ior, self-respect and self-confidence that they will take away from the class.

Charm School for Youth & Teens… Summer 2013

Youth & Teen Etiquette Classes & Charm SchoolYou have heard it before, “Young peo­ple today have no manners!”

It doesn’t mat­ter if it’s true or not. Per­cep­tion is real­ity, and what peo­ple think is true is true for them. This means young peo­ple start out with a handicap—people expect them to be rude and boorish.

Eti­quette Con­sult­ing Inc Presents:

Charm School for Youth & Teens

Sum­mer ses­sion 2013

In this two day work­shop stu­dents will learn:

Ses­sion 1:

  • Pre­sen­ta­tion Skills
  • First Impressions/Body language
  • Intro­duc­tions and handshakes
  • Basic table set­ting vs. Semi for­mal table setting
  • Amer­i­can style of dining
  • What is self-esteem?
  • Pos­i­tive thinking

Ses­sion 2:

  • Please, thank you and excuse me
  • Being a gra­cious run­ner up
  • Tele­phone skills
  • Giv­ing & receiv­ing gifts
  • Thank you notes
  • Man­ners do travel
  • Man­ners at the table
  • Pos­ture at the table
  • Proper table talk
  • Menus and ordering meals
  • Dif­fi­cult to eat foods
  • Din­ing do’s and don’ts

Dates & Time:

Youths: Tues­day June 18, 2013 & Wednes­day June 19, 2013

Time: 5:00 – 6:30pm

Ages: 7 — 13

Your Invest­ment: $140.00 per student

To reg­is­ter your child click here

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Teens: Tues­day June 11, 2013 & Wednes­day June 12, 2013

Time: 5:00 – 6:30pm

Ages: 14–17

Your Invest­ment: $140.00 per student

To reg­is­ter your teen click here

Work­shop meets for two con­sec­u­tive days at Eti­quette Con­sult­ing Inc’s HQ in Mar Vista.  The last ses­sion con­cludes with a din­ner party where the stu­dents can prac­tice every­thing they have learned. Classes are inter­ac­tive and are taught using role-playing exercises.

Stu­dents will receive a hand­book con­tain­ing the lessons for the course that they may keep and use to help rein­force the proper social behav­ior, self-respect and self-confidence that they will take away from the class.