It is becoming recognised that we need to be more conventional and conservative in our values and that grooming and good social etiquette are the key to being successful.
Networking – In the United States, the British afternoon tea has become a fashionable way to meet and greet people and create relationships either for business or personal reasons. It is also becoming more popular in London. I certainly enjoy meeting prospective clients, clients and friends for a chat for afternoon tea Sofitel in St James, who have a great selection of teas accompanied by Pariesiennes pastries (especially the cup cakes). It is one for my favourite and for a less extravagant tea there is also City Inn Westminster who make some great scones.
It is a wonderful way to introduce yourself to people in a stylish and elegant way and it gives you a great opportunity to give a good image and show your social graces and good manners.
By Angela Marshall, 17th Apr 2009
The other morning I turned on the television, whilst changing to go out, and Trisha Goddard on Five programme was on. This is not something I would normally watch, however it was about etiquette and they had on some women who they were going to change from ladettes to ladies, so I thought I should watch it. I was amazed, in fact shocked, to hear that a few of the women go to Asda in their pyjamas because they are too lazy to change; one in her dressing gown with nothing else on. Three were sent off with some experts and were taught how to have better posture, speak more politely and how to use a cup and saucer. It had not struck me before that people use mugs all the time. The comments the women said after the session included how much more confident they felt and how much greater self-esteem they had.
The next day I had a business meeting in City Inn Hotel, Westminster and all the people were having cups of coffee and tea in cups and saucers.
For me, this is another example why we find “Etiquette & Manners” an important session in Appearance Management corporate workshops and why we also offer it in our personal consultations.