Newfound Etiquette with Coronavirus
With the COVID-19 pandemic we are re-discovering the value of etiquette, manners and protocol.
Etiquette is “knowing what is appropriate when”. With the introduction of new protocols which have being introduced, for example, greetings, replacing handshakes with a head nod or air kissing, we are re-educating young children and adults to make the appropriate judgements depending on each situation.
No more than at present we are seeing everyone supporting and respecting each other on many levels. Across the globe we see neighbourhoods and communities thinking of innovative ways to engage and keep people’s spirits up.
This has heightened the awareness of good etiquette and manners. Our new habits and approach may in many cases positively change our world going forward. For example, good etiquette such as how to sneeze into your elbow, maintain cleanliness in shared working spaces, being courteous and mindful of behaviours in public places such as supermarkets and public transport.
Our communications have also increased on a positive note. Via the technology options we have at hand is encouraging people to check in more often with family, colleagues, neighbours, those in self-isolation and overseas.
With the dynamic changes we are experiencing we are about to discover a renewed language of etiquette, manners and protocols for the future.
It is with sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Australian etiquette doyenne June Dally-Watkins.
June Dally-Watkins has left us all with a wonderful and rich legacy. Her teaching, mentoring and coaching in etiquette, manners, deportment and modelling, extended across many generations and cultures.
Her commitment early in her career to her vision and meeting the challenges of balancing her business, family and the world of fashion, is an example to women across the globe. In recent years she extended her teaching into China helping young students to be confident, polished and poised. All of which is a true testament to the strength and passion June Dally-Watkins had for sharing her experience and knowledge along with being recognised for her inimitable style and flair.
June Dally-Watkins was a source of inspiration for launching the Sydney School of Protocol in 2012. We are privileged to have in our library a copy of “The June Dally Watkins Book of Manners for Moderns” by Christine Chaseling, published in 1969. What is written in “Manners for Moderns” is as relevant now as it was then, perhaps even more so today for civility in the dynamic world we live in.
Celebrating Women's International Day
Throughout our Women in Front Mastery program series we have seen the courage of many women, from diverse professional and cultural backgrounds, who have invested time and effort to develop their “best self”.
This transformation often entails taking a step up to empower ourselves from within and think about our personal challenges and goals. In this way we often gain a better understanding of how this affects our behaviour, (both verbal and non-verbal actions with others) and how others perceive us in the few vital seconds of forming a first impression.
At the Sydney School of Protocol we have a deep admiration for the women across generations, cultures and professions who strive to enrich their lives and seize each and every opportunity for self development and fulfilment.
To celebrate, we would like to thank our Women in Front clients who have taken this step and join them and our broader community to recognise the achievements of women across the globe.
To celebrate International Women’s Day 2019 we are extending an exclusive offer of $849.00 per person for a group, Women in Front Mastery One Day Program, valid up to 31 March 2019. Limited to 10 participants.
Find out more on our link to the program Women in Front
www.sydneyschoolofprotocol.com.au or call Julie to discuss on +61 0452 553 855.
Exuding confidence & presence
Is presenting yourself with ease and confidence on any level in business and social settings something you aspire to?
Research studies confirm that most people feel a lack of confidence when confronted with new people, situations, and environments. This discomfort can be as simple is how to respond to an email, an invitation, what to wear to an event, how to interpret dress codes, navigating the dining table, to making small talk and exiting a conversation.
Olivia Fox Cabane in her publication “The Charisma Myth ” emphasises that “any internal discomfort – either physical or mental – can impair how you feel, how you perform and how others perceive you.”
Overcoming these feelings and removing these obstacles allows you the freedom to operate in various situations with ease and “knowing what is appropriate when”. Understanding and practicing the principles of modern etiquette gives us the platform to gain an inner confidence and presence.
Distinguishing yourself through your personal brand takes courage and an investment in yourself.
Taking time to create your personal brand strategy will give you the “armor” to excel and exude confidence.