One of the first questions people ask me is ‘why did you choose to be an etiquette coach?’
The next question I am asked is ‘are you noticing my mistakes?’ To which I reply ‘of course not!’ Which is true, I don’t. Unless it is my husband. And then I may make an exception.
But back to the first question, why did I choose to be an etiquette coach? The best way to explain my reasons is to tell you Anna’s story…
Anna was referred to me by a mutual contact. She had been going through a challenging time since moving to the UK, both professionally and socially, and was hoping I could help her.
Anna moved to London from The Ukraine eighteen months ago when she married an English gentleman. At first she was very excited to be living in a city that she had always dreamt about, but, as time passed the novelty had worn off and the cultural differences became more and more apparent.
Her lack of confidence reached a crescendo one evening at a drinks party when she was trying her best to chat with a group of English ladies. Due to the language differences (nothing every translates exactly) and her lack of knowledge surrounding English small talk she asked, what transpired as, an inappropriate question.
Anna didn’t know what she had said to offend this particular lady, but it was clear that a faux pas had been committed which left Anna suffering with severe social anxiety, to the point where she was avoiding social events.
I had the privilege of tutoring Anna through my Signature Programme, the Lady’s Three-Day Etiquette & Empowerment Course, during which time I coached her on the cultural differences between our countries, how to make a confident and outstanding first impression, dining with ease and ensuring her personal brand was shining through in her business life.
We also enjoyed a wonderful three-course luncheon at The Ritz Hotel, London where she was able to put her formal dining skills into practice, safe in the knowledge that I was there to put her at ease and help her.
Anna left my programme with a renewed sense of excitement about her life in London and she has since been in in contact to tell me how differently she feels about meeting new people, and also how her husband is so proud of her.
She now looks forward to social engagements and has also joined a business networking club, something she would not have even considered a few months ago.
Nothing brings me greater pleasure than to see how these skills can transform someone’s confidence and bring elegance, grace and empowerment into their lives.
This is the reason why I am an Etiquette Coach