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


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

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


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

Business Etiquette: Should a Senator eat ribs with the President?

Today I had the priv­i­lege of speak­ing to reporter Adriene Hill of the Maket­place on man­ners and the busi­ness meal, along with the audio clip that aired ear­lier today on KCRW  we dis­cussed “Should a Sen­a­tor eat ribs with the Pres­i­dent?  Well… not quite we dis­cussed Busi­ness Meals, she also wrote the fol­low­ing.  Enjoy.

Buesiness Meals dos and donts

*Pres­i­dent Obama isn’t just sit­ting at con­fer­ence tables with Repub­li­cans in Con­gress these days, he’s sit­ting down at the din­ner table. In fact, this week he dined with a group of sen­a­tors for a busi­ness din­ner to dis­cuss the budget.

Now, a busi­ness din­ner is an oppor­tu­nity to get to know each other, to talk busi­ness in a social set­ting, to make an impres­sion. But as any­one who’s sat down for one of these meals knows, there’s all that food on the table. How do you avoid botch­ing lunch? Marketplace’s Adriene Hill met up with Jules Hirst of Eti­quette Con­sult­ing, Inc. for a one-on-one lesson.

  1. Always fol­low your host’s lead.  Put your nap­kin in your lap after they put their nap­kin in their lap.  Order food in the same price range as the food that they order.
  2. The fold of your nap­kin should go toward you.
  3. Order a food that is easy to eat.  Ribs are a bad choice.
  4. Eat before you go out to lunch.  You don’t want to scarf your food dur­ing the inter­view or meet­ing.  You want the focus to be on the con­ver­sa­tion, not the food.
  5. If your host orders alco­hol, you may order alco­hol.  But know your­self well enough to know whether or not it’s a good idea to drink it.
  6. Wait until your host starts to eat before you start to eat.
  7. If your host asks a ques­tion just as you take a bite of food, politely indi­cate with your fin­gers that you will talk as soon as you have swallowed.
  8. Don’t cor­rect some­one else’s man­ners at the table.
  9. If you have called the meet­ing, you should pay.  Instead of wait­ing for the bill to come to the table, step away to the restroom, hand your credit card to the wait­staff and ask them to add a 20 per­cent tip.
  10. Write a thank you note.

About the author

Adriene Hill is a mul­ti­me­dia reporter for the Mar­ket­place sus­tain­abil­ity desk, with a focus on con­sumer issues and the indi­vid­ual rela­tion­ship to sus­tain­abil­ity and the environment.
*written by: Adriene Hill

First Lady’s Action Is Speaking Louder Than Words

In my eti­quette work­shops, I stress the impor­tance of being aware of body lan­guage. These days every phone is equipped with both a video and still cam­era, so you never know who might be look­ing, record­ing or snap­ping pic­tures of you and your actions.

Case in point, at Monday’s post-inaugural lun­cheon, First Lady Michelle Obama was caught rolling her eyes at Speaker John Boehner.  Although there is no audio of what was said, it has been spec­u­lated that it was a joke about The Pres­i­dent not being able to smoke.  Nev­er­the­less, rolling your eyes is not a becom­ing ges­ture for any­one, espe­cially for a First Lady.

Here are three things to keep in mind while din­ning with others:

1.  When eat­ing, keep pace with oth­ers at the table.

2.  Use good pos­ture.  Do not slouch.

3.  Be aware of your body lan­guage — rolling your eyes,  elbows on the table, etc.

Office Holiday Party – A Road Map to Success

The first rule of the office holiday party is attendance is mandatory

The first rule of the office hol­i­day party is atten­dance is mandatory

.  Even if you hate the hol­i­days or hate par­ties, this is a busi­ness oppor­tu­nity that can’t be missed.  As such, you need to step out­side your nor­mal group of co-workers and talk to as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble.  Your next oppor­tu­nity for advance­ment may be right around the cor­ner and the more peo­ple who know you the bet­ter your chances.

Although you are work­ing the room for a pro­mo­tion, make sure to keep the “shop talk” to a min­i­mum.  This is your oppor­tu­nity to learn about the peo­ple you work with.  Find out what their hol­i­day plans are.  Ask about their kids.  Talk about movies, sports or travel plans.  As with any func­tion, keep away from the tra­di­tional con­ver­sa­tion no-no’s — sex, reli­gion and politics.

Finally, here are some obvi­ous tips that need to be repeated because peo­ple make these mis­takes every year.  Don’t drink too much.  Don’t flirt with your co-workers.  Dress appro­pri­ately – this is still a work func­tion.  Make sure to say hi to your boss, so that he/she knows you were there.  Also, don’t leave too early – you send the wrong sig­nal that your life is more impor­tant than spend­ing time with your co-workers.  Nobody wants to work with some­one like this.

Fol­low­ing these tips, should help you suc­cess­fully nav­i­gate your office hol­i­day party and maybe your wish for the cor­ner office will soon come true.

Personal Touch for Holiday Cards in Business

When it comes to hol­i­day cards, a per­sonal touch is always appre­ci­ated.  You want to thank your col­leagues and clients for their patron­age dur­ing the year.  The best way to do this is to put forth the per­sonal effort to show them that you do appre­ci­ate them.

As such, take the time to hand write every­thing.  Hand write a per­sonal note on the card.  Hand write the enve­lope.  Even if you hire some­one to do this for you, hand­writ­ing shows an effort that far sur­passes stick­ing a label on an enve­lope or hav­ing a card pre-printed to save you time.  These lit­tle things mat­ter and peo­ple notice them and will appre­ci­ate your extra effort.

You also should try to avoid email hol­i­day greet­ings.  Tech­nol­ogy has come a long way and some of these hol­i­day emails are quite enter­tain­ing, how­ever, after they are watched, they are deleted.  A hol­i­day card has more stay­ing power and can be a con­stant reminder of the work you do.

Finally, you want to send out your cards as early as pos­si­ble.  The end of the year is usu­ally most people’s busiest time and peo­ple leave for vaca­tion towards the end of the year.  The sooner you can get your card out the bet­ter chance you can have a last­ing impres­sion on your audience.

Business Etiquette Webinar: Building an Exceptional Professional Image

Business Women

Per­cep­tion is real­ity, and what peo­ple think is true is true for them. This means your first impres­sion may be the only oppor­tu­nity you have to get in the door and mar­ket your­self. If you do not look and act the part, you will not get past the gatekeeper!

In today’s fast-paced world where many peo­ple think social inter­ac­tion is a series of text mes­sages, eti­quette still matters–especially when it comes time to get a mean­ing­ful job that can lead to a good career! This is much more than just “good man­ners.” You need the skills and con­fi­dence to be able to han­dle your­self with grace and style in any sit­u­a­tion and dis­tin­guish your­self from your peers—and competitors!

Join me for an inter­ac­tive, power-packed work­shop Build­ing an Excep­tional Pro­fes­sional Image.

You will leave with tools for cre­at­ing a pol­ished, pro­fes­sional image in 3 impor­tant areas:

1.  First Impres­sions

  • Appear­ance
  • Dress for Success

2.  Pres­ence

  • Be Well-Groomed & Have Good Hygiene
  • Body Lan­guage

3.  Man­ners

  • Din­ing Eti­quette 101
  • Man­ners at Busi­ness Functions
  • Busi­ness Com­mu­ni­ca­tion

This 60 minute work­shop is based on my chap­ter in the book “The Power of Civil­ity” in which I dis­cuss six keys to Build­ing an Excep­tional Pro­fes­sional Image.

Join me

Date: Novem­ber 2, 2012

Time: 2:00pm — 3:00pm


  •  PDF of Jules’ chap­ter in the book The Power of Civility
  •  15 minute One-to-one fol­low via Skype
  •  Access to our face­book group “Mind­ing your P’s & Q’s” where you will receive addi­tional eti­quette guidance.

Your invest­ment: $17.00

You are your own brand. You have to mar­ket your­self and present your­self as a wor­thy invest­ment for poten­tial employ­ers or clients.



About the Pre­sen­ter, Jules Hirst:

Jules Hirst, Etiquette Expert

Jules Hirst is a sought after speaker and co-author of  Power of Civil­ity.  She con­ducts lec­tures, work­shops, sem­i­nars and webi­nars specif­i­cally designed to ele­vate the lives and posi­tions of  Youth’s, Teens, Col­lege Stu­dents and Busi­ness Professionals

Jules has been inter­viewed by and quoted in a vari­ety of media includ­ing ABC World NewsNBC Nightly News, San Diego Tri­bune, Yahoo Shine, The Smart Show and Tech Goes Strong.

Manners Monday: Politics and Etiquette 7 Tips on how to talk Politics when the conversation get’s political

Pol­i­tics is one of those top­ics that is off lim­its along with reli­gion, money and sex.  But, with the elec­tion just a few weeks away, emo­tions are run­ning high and there is no escap­ing the topic. In this week’s Man­ners Mon­day video we dis­cuss “7 thing ways to mind your man­ners when there is no escap­ing the polit­i­cal con­ver­sa­tion.“

*Wed­dings and hol­i­days are risky set­tings for such poten­tially divi­sive con­ver­sa­tions, espe­cially among fam­ily mem­bers who might not be so shy about tem­per­ing their opinions.

These are mem­o­rable events, and the mem­o­ries should be good ones. Charged polit­i­cal con­ver­sa­tions or com­ments should also be avoided when meet­ing new peo­ple or speak­ing briefly.

The results. Elec­tion day will inevitably arrive, bring­ing deci­sive out­comes (hope­fully). Ela­tion in vic­tory and dis­may in defeat are nor­mal; how we choose to dis­play those emo­tions is important.

Cel­e­brate or com­mis­er­ate when with like-minded friends and col­leagues, but in less cer­tain com­pany — this goes dou­ble at work — be sen­si­tive of oth­ers’ emo­tions and be dis­creet with your own.

*taken from Reuters

Workshop: How to Win Potential Customers With a Handshake

Business Women Shaking Hands_Jules Hirst Etiquette and Social GracesDo hand­shakes mat­ter? YES, if you want to con­nect with oth­ers and make the best pos­si­ble impression.

Far more than you may real­ize, we uncon­sciously judge oth­ers by their hand­shake.  Also, hand­shak­ing is a form of non-verbal com­mu­ni­ca­tion that says SO MUCH about a person.

Join me for a FREE work­shop “How to Win Poten­tial Cus­tomers With a Hand­shake” 

Here are a few of the top­ics that will be covered:

  • When to Shake Hands
  • Com­po­nents of a Good Handshake
  • Types of Handshakes
  • Tips for the Per­fect Handshakes

Date: August 6, 2012

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Net­work­ing & refresh­ments 6:30
Work­shop begins 7:00

Loca­tion: Checa Chic Bou­tique
3004 Lin­coln Boule­vard  Santa Mon­ica, CA 90405

Your Invest­ment: free

Reserve your spot only 15 spots available.

  About the Pre­sen­ter, Jules Hirst:

Jules Hirst, Etiquette Expert

How to get your ex boyfriend back

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Visit her webiste @ Tweet her @Etiquette411

About Checa Chic Bou­tique

Checa Chic Bou­tique is Proudly MOM owned & Fam­ily oper­ated. We are Santa Monica’s hid­den gem!! We carry amaz­ing cloth­ing, acces­sories, hand-made jew­elry, at AMAZING PRICES!! We get NEW ship­ments in weekly!! Fun.Affordable.Fashion!!

Etiquette Tip: Introductions

business introductionsWhen attend­ing an event should we always make the introduction?
Eti­quette tells us when at an event never assume two peo­ple know each other.  Always make the introduction. 
The goal when mak­ing intro­duc­tions is to pro­vide infor­ma­tion about each other in order to give you a com­mon ground to carry a conversation.