Welcome to Manners-Up!
What started out as a need for school-age children and their families to learn or relearn the basic points of civility (etiquette) has become an all-out challenge as many groups have asked us to become “trainers.” We have worked with more than 60 groups and not-for-profits over the last two years and have achieved remarkable results. We started by teaching the 30 points of basic etiquette. In fact, one principal said we “changed the character “ of his school. The school recorded fewer referrals and showed the greatest improvement in state test scores because of, in his opinion, better manners and decorum.
We then were approached by sororities and fraternities to teach manners and etiquette. In two years we have visited eight college campuses and taught conversation, napkin use and 35 other key points.
Next came the business community. Our middle management program has ignited corporations that are eager to make a positive impression impressions on clients and the community.
Finally, returning members of the military have asked to revisit these techniques as they interview for civilian jobs.
In January, we will seat representatives of the corporate world with military returnees and
students for lunch. The military veterans will serve as examples to the sixth-graders; the business people can share interviewing tips and job opportunities with the military; and the veterans will pick up some “civilian skills “as they are reintroduced to the job market -- all while older community volunteers serve as moderators.
We consider this a win-win situation.