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Those Awkward Moments

       Have you ever found yourself in a situation so awkward, you wanted the floor to open up and swallow you whole?

It may have been something as basic as not knowing which fork to use at a formal dinner. Or something a little more serious, such as using your left hand during a communal meal in Morocco. (Note: The right hand is for eating while the left is for bathroom duties, and interchanging the two could shock the locals.)

No need to beat yourself up over it. We have all been there. Making such mistakes teaches us what to do the next time we find ourselves in a similar situation. They also make us more socially and culturally aware and cautious.

And while experience is a great teacher, it also pays to be prepared in advance. Especially if you are engaged in work that requires you to regularly interact with different types of people, and in different settings.

TalkShop leadership tipsTalkShop offers etiquette courses that will do just that. Social Graces and Dining Etiquette covers the main areas of the subject to give you a holistic learning experience.

The course begins with Personality Dynamics, which covers interviewing skills, general social graces and business etiquette, positive-thinking and confidence-building, and inter-relationship skills. We included a module on positivity and confidence as these are character traits that will help you successfully navigate your way through various social interactions.

The second part of the course focuses on Verbal Yoga. Lessons on pronunciation and articulation, accurate word choice, advanced vocabulary, and language sensibility will be helpful even to those at the managerial level or higher.

From there, we progress to Communication Excellence, where you will learn conversation expertise and thought formation through practical application.

The fourth part of the course is Grammar Mastery. Living in the Philippines, you will likely encounter the misuse of articles quite regularly. To the point you may begin to forget what the correct word actually is. “I’m on my desk,”a colleague may say. Or the very overused, “It’s so traffic.”In this module, we will tackle common areas of confusion and error, sentence structure and logical considerations, parts of speech, punctuations, and writing fluency.

We will then move on to dining etiquette, starting with Modern Table Manners: the difference between the English and American setting, place setting for formal dinners, and place setting for informal dining.

Styles of Eating comes next, followed by Mastery of Table Tools, Beginning the Meal at snack time, afternoon tea, and full-course meals, How to be a Guest in events such as weddings and other formal ceremonies or when visiting friends, and Entertaining Guests both at home and when dining out.

Our course also teaches you about Gift Giving and Receiving, Proper Handshakes, Gestures, Customs and Taboos, and New Etiquette—social graces in today’s world.

This program was specially designed for professionals, as well as students, to learn not only how to avoid committing any social or culturally insensitive bloopers, but to impressively engage in any social situation and become a more confident individual while doing so.

Posted by TalkShop
Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication finished her bachelor degree in Literature, masters in Entrepreneurship, and doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN, and Google+

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