Aurelija Hadding

As a certified etiquette trainer I provide consultations, uniquely designed courses and private coaching.

As a certified etiquette trainer I provide consultations, uniquely designed courses and private coaching.

Aurelija Hadding

What is etiquette?

Etiquette simply refers to our kind, considerate and respectful actions and words in any given social situation. A refined sense of etiquette can help put those around us at ease while boosting our own confidence. This should be practised by all of us – regardless of our social status, position at work, or financial standing. Etiquette also gives us the tools to be more self-assured, build stronger relationships, and enjoy life knowing we can easily adapt to any social setting.

Common Myths

Etiquette is outdated and irrelevant

Etiquette as we know it today originated from the court of Louis XIV of France during the late 17th century. Despite its antiquated roots, the rules and guidelines of the most accepted forms of etiquette have been adapted to suit our everchanging world and modern lives. What has remained is the underlining principle that we should ALL be considerate, respectful, and kind to one another. For as long as we socialise – even online – etiquette is and always will be relevant.

Etiquette is only for royals and diplomats

We can quickly debunk this etiquette myth, because considerate and respectful behaviour is definitely not limited to the royal family. We typically expect this calibre of individual to follow the strictest protocols because of the situations in which we see them. But they aren’t the only ones who should act with composure and respect.

What we often experience is that certain people are so polite, that they can charm us within the first few seconds of meeting them. Nobody is born with perfect manners, but, over time, anyone can master etiquette – knowing exactly what to say, when to say it, and how to say it.

Etiquette restricts my freedom

On the contrary. Once we understand the principles of etiquette, it is incredibly liberating. What can restrict us is a lack of confidence and uncertainty regarding how to act in certain social situations, and aspects such as starting a conversation (and ending it). Etiquette gives us the knowledge and confidence to enjoy every social interaction to the fullest.

Etiquette is boring

Etiquette itself is neither boring nor fun. What can and does differ is the way it is taught, presented, and explained. We can consistently challenge ourselves in putting our best foot forward to improve our etiquette. This leads to more successful social interactions, which are scientifically proven to trigger our brain’s reward system.

Good email etiquette really revolves around one thing: reducing it as much as possible. V. Turk

Common Truths

Personal pose, elegance, self-worth, self-confidence, maturity and refinement is a never ending process rather than a permanent state. A. K. Pettitt

Don't fake it until you make it, practise until you become it. M. Meier

Etiquette is the foundation upon which social structure is built. E. Post

Every social interaction is made smooth by etiquette and awkward by the lack of it E. Post

Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater. Mark Twain

To listen closely and reply well is the highest perfection we are able to obtain in the art of conversation. François de La Rochefoucauld

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