By John Crowder
Monday, May 8, marked the beginning of National Etiquette Week. More than just a list of manners, proper etiquette allows people to know how to handle themselves in life’s important interactions. How should you conduct yourself at a job interview? How about at a formal dinner? Do you know how to make a good first impression? Are you able to make a public presentation?
These are just a few of the questions that are answered in classes taught by Mrs. Tina Hayes, author of Getting Ahead with Etiquette and the owner and founder of the School of Etiquette and Decorum.
For the last few weeks, Hayes has been teaching a class on ‘Etiquette for Success’ to the students of Freedom High School in Oakley. Once a week, Freedom students meet after school and are taught the soft skills that are so valuable to success in school and in work, but that many no longer learn while growing up. As Hayes explains, “There was a time when these skills were taught in the home, when families still came together regularly for the evening meal. These days, that’s often not the case. Yet, we all know how valuable these skills are for students who want to successfully navigate their high school and college years, and especially when they enter the world of work.”
Hayes has been offering etiquette classes throughout the Bay Area and beyond over the last decade. Over the years, her classes have helped hundreds of people, both young and old, learn to be more confident and courteous, and to exhibit social graces. The training sessions conducted by Hayes and her staff cover more than 80 topics, and can be presented as workshops, seminars, or even in personal coaching sessions.
According to Hayes, “Our training gives individuals that ‘edge’ that will help them succeed throughout life and make for a better, and brighter, future.”
Her students, and their parents, agree. My son, Eddy Crowder, an 8th grader at Paideia Academy, has attended four etiquette classes during his Junior High years.
“These classes have really helped me be more confident at formal dinners, and when I speak with adults,” he said. “Mrs. Hayes is a great teacher.”
Wanda Ransom, the mother of a college-bound son who participated in the College Preparedness Training Workshop said, “Thank you so much for polishing his skills.”
This summer, from June 26 through 30, the School of Etiquette and Decorum will be offering a Summer Etiquette Day Camp from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Lone Tree Golf and Event Center. Two sessions will run concurrently, one for children (ages 6 – 12) and the other for teens (ages 13 – 17). To learn more about these classes, or other offerings, contact Mrs. Tina Hayes at 925-519-0354 or visit the website at etiquetteschool.us.