Etiquette Lessons Help Students Gain Competitive Advantage

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The event included interactive exercises designed to create meaninful first impressions.

As commencement approaches and students finalize steps to join the professional world, Northwood University Florida scholars participated in role playing events designed to help them identify and avoid common etiquette pitfalls and to present themselves in the best possible light.

The interactive exercises, held in conjunction with a reception and four-course meal at a nearby country club, provided opportunities to create meaningful first impressions, provide proper follow-up, and more.

"The Career Services Business Etiquette Dinner has long been a much anticipated event by students, and the enthusiasm they showed for it directly added to its success," said Midge Reichert, Director of Career Services. "The purpose of the event was for students to learn to be comfortable in professional dining and networking situations and I think that was accomplished as everyone was toasting each other in their native tongues as the event concluded," smiled Reichert of the affair which was led by etiquette expert Jacqueline Whitmore.

Jacqueline Whitmore is a leading international etiquette expert and the founder of The Protocol School of Palm Beach. She is the author of Business Class: Etiquette Essentials for Success at Work (St. Martin's Press, 2005), and Poised for Success (St. Martin's Press, November 2011). Jacqueline travels all over the world presenting seminars ranging from techno-etiquette and professional presence to business etiquette and cross-cultural protocol. She also offers train-the-trainer courses to men and women who want to start their own etiquette business.