More Than Manners

Our Programs

Introducing our Proprietory UP Programs

Manners are like zeros in arithmetic. They may not be much in themselves, but they are capable of adding a great deal of value to everything else.
— Freya Stark

Kindness. Civility. Integrity. Appropriateness. Quiet Confidence. 



The focus is on first impressions, meeting and greeting, handshakes, appearances, non-verbal behavior. We won’t be balancing books on our heads but we do appreciate good posture.

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Your table manners can make or break a date, an interview or a job offer. We cover everything from “soup to nuts” when it comes to demonstrating confidence and poise at the table. Host and guest responsibilities, napkin etiquette, navigating silverware and glassware, Continental and European styles of dining. Did you know that you can signal well trained waitstaff to clear your plate simply by the placement of your knife and fork? Bonus: You’ll never glance sideways again to see if you are using the right fork or stealing your boss’ bread plate.

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This class gathers groups of moms and guides them on how to teach, shape and mold their children on a daily basis through manners and proper etiquette. Providing a basic foundation of “please”, “thank you”, “excuse me” is vital but we take it further with how to set the table, hold a knife and fork, chewing with your mouth closed, clearing your plate when finished, cell phone etiquette, possessing an attitude of gratitude both in parents and children. Teaching these skills when children are young will ensure good habits when they are no longer in your sight. The principles of civility, kindness and an awareness of how one’s behavior affects others is a priceless gift that will last a lifetime. Roots and wings…that is what all parents strive to offer their children.  This is the manual all parents wish they were handed on the way out of the hospital.

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speak up

Choosing your words, tone, avoiding fillers and tips for successful public speaking. Um, we know it's hard...but it's like not that hard once you are aware of your own patterns.

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Becoming a good conversationalist will be one of your most valuable assets and ironically involves your eyes and mouth as much as your ears.  You will learn that listening is the most important aspect of conversing.  A skill which will undoubtedly help you both personally and professionally.  Also, your future spouse will thank us!

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The power of technology, social media, responsibility, response-ability and accountability…there is no separation between personal, academic or professional lives anymore.  Trust us. Just ask any HR manager.

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Setting clear intentions and goals should be an integral part of your plan.  Just as you wouldn't start a trip without navigation or a map, you need to give the same attention to your personal and professional aspirations. 

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meet up

Social Acumen. Navigating social situations whether it be with peers, teachers, an interviewer, clients or the CEO.  Placement of name badges, remembering names, breaking the ice, the art of small talk, managing  intimate gatherings or large conferences. We’ve got you covered.  Awkwardness will be a thing of the past replaced with confidence and poise…breathe and enjoy!

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Interviewing skills…do’s and don’ts… whether it be academic, professional or personal, these skills can be developed, honed and mastered. 

What you do after the interview is equally as important as your time spent in the interview.

Nervous and excited are intrinsically, the same emotion.  Reframe your  thoughts about the situation and you will have a different experience. You’ve got this!

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rest up

We are constantly doing, multitasking, stimulating our senses but we also need to simply “be”.  Discovering what brings you personal peace is paramount.  The previous modules will be less effective until you learn this truth first. This program teaches students how to still the mind, decompress, reduce stress and ground oneself…different for everyone but necessary for every body.  Mindfulness and looking within could be your secret to success.

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