60% of employers report that young employees aren’t prepared for the workplace because of insufficient soft skills. Research conducted by Harvard University, the Stanford Research Institute and The Carnegie Foundation found a student’s success in the workplace is attributed to 85% soft skills–the ability of getting along with people.
This popular Emerging Leaders program develops students professionally and personally to effectively transition from backpack to briefcase in order to succeed in the workplace. The program teaches self-confidence and ease in business and social situations: business dining, networking events, personal branding, polished and professional dressing and more.
Every Meal is an Interview: The Art of the Business Meal
Topics Include: Preparation Prior to the Meal – Best Job Interview Menu Choices – Body Language at the Table – Technology at the Table –Foods to Avoid — Navigating the Place Setting – Napkin Etiquette – Ordering Alcohol – Do’s & Don’ts — American and Continental Styles of Eating – Eating Various Foods – Do’s and Don’ts of Dining – Excusing Oneself from the Table – Awkward Moments at the Table – The Toast: When, How & to Whom – How to Accept a Toast – Handling the Valet, Coat Check & Other Services – Table Conversation – Paying the Bill – Tipping – Saying “Thank You” – And More. . .
Network Like a Pro
Topics Include: Go with a Plan – Look the Part – Tools to Take — Make a Powerful Entrance – An Influential First Impression – Confident Conversation – Popular Points of Room to Avoid – Who and How to Approach — Business Card Etiquette – Gracefully Exit a Conversation – Cell Phone/Technology Courtesy – Navigating the Napkin, Plate and Glassware – Follow-Up – And More . . .
Polished and Professional: Looking YOUR Best!
Topics Include: How to Dress for a Job Interview — Business Casual vs. Professional Work Wear – Men’s and Women’s Wardrobe Essentials – Shoes, Socks and Important Details – Proper Cut and Fit – Essential Grooming Considerations – Professional Dress on a Budget –Accessorizing – Do’s and Don’ts – And More . . .
The Power of First Impressions: The Brand Called YOU!
Topics Include: Introducing Yourself and Others – Responding to Introductions – Five Types of Handshakes – Eye Contact – Body Language – Posture – How to Remember Names – How to Start and End a Conversation – Business Card Protocol – E-Mail Etiquette – Cell Phone Etiquette – And More . . .
“You are a true gem! Thank you so very much for your expertise and sharing it with our students. The Etiquette Dinner was a huge success and made a difference in the lives of our students! I appreciate you greatly and am grateful for our partnership.”
Ryan Brechbill, Director, Center for Career and
Professional Development, Otterbein University
“Many thanks for the fun and informative evening . . . . I took away great pointers—you are great at what you do!”
Maggie Ellison, Client Services and Project Manager
Event Marketing Strategies
“ . . . I just wanted to thank you so much for sharing your expertise in etiquette and dressing for success. Your advice was incredibly useful and applicable to my current career path. My parents were delighted to hear that you were teaching me things they have been trying to for years. Please know how much of an impact you had on our group, as everything you taught us will travel with us the rest of our futures.”
Jessica Demakos, Student
Organizational Studies, Denison University
“I don’t know how to thank you for all of your time spent on Denison’s campus for the betterment of our seniors in regards to the successful etiquette programs you have offered for many years! I have learned so much from you as have they and it’s been our joy to have you be a part of the Denison community.”
Former First Lady of Denison University