You don’t have to be good looking. You don’t have to be articulate. You don’t have to have money.
This course will show you how to gain the attention of others through treating them as they would like to be treated. There is no magic formula, no hidden system that will make you well liked, put you in high regard, make others feel at ease when they are in your company.
Today it is becoming increasingly necessary to learn English etiquette and good manners as global movement increases. This course is based on traditional values that have lead civilisation through several centuries, from the medieval days of sword carrying knights when shaking hands was a sure sign of meeting peacefully: swords were worn on the left hip and withdrawn with the right hand, by shaking hands using the right hand it was a sign of meeting in peace and putting trust in the other person (the fact that both might be hiding a knife in their left hand as a precaution was another matter!!).
We have all be subjected to rudeness at some time and are aware how this makes us feel not only about the situation but also about the other person whom we may feel is ignorant and selfish. This course will ensure that people do not feel this about you.
It is a fact that Schools for Etiquette are spring up across the world, all based on English traditions and students are drawn from all walks of live from students looking for international jobs, through to business people who need to work both in their own country or globally using internationally accepted etiquette and right up to princesses in India who want to know that they are entertaining correctly (heard on a recent BBC programme).
This course is a basic etiquette course that covers general situations but will give a really good grounding on how to behave in most situations. We shall be improving the course and adding new sections in an ongoing way and you will have life-long access and will be advised when changes and additions are made.
Mike Leahy was brought up in a time when etiquette was paramount. His family were frequent entertainers and often had stock-brokers, judges and clergymen to dinner. Their dinner parties were renowned and held in the large dining room with a roaring log fire in the winter.
This course will make others sit up and listen to you. Make others want you to be around. Make others have real respect for you.
Lets get started on this course. THis is how we are going forward.
How to benefit from this course
We've covered many situations and here are some handy hints that will help you.
You may be the politest person around showing excellent good manners and treating others in the very best way possibly, if you don't look right then all will be wasted. Here are some handy hints.
Good manners are essential when you meet people, whether for the first time or as old friends. Here are some pointers when meeting in public places or events but the same general rules apply when you welcome them to your home, although this will be covered in a separate video
We've probably all been guilty of sitting on a crowded bus and looked away when a young mother hlding a baby is left standing and no one gives up a seat. Read on and learn how you should cat in this situaltion
When out walking on the street or in the Shopping Mall good manners make everybody's life easier and more pleasant
We have all been on the end of an abusive phone call or experienced calling a wrong number, often with an irate person answering. Here are some good ways to ensure your phone calls, whether on landlines or your mobile, are satisfactory.
Its a fact that many young people are brought up without actually sitting at a table to eat meals but instead sit in front of the TV. As a school governor I was astounded at the fact that some new students at primary school had so few social graces coming from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. This section does not go through the wide range of knives and forks that are used for different courses but rather covers general etiquette.
Have you been faced with a driver suffering from road rage? Have you tried to join a main road of crawling vehicles where nobody lets you out of a side road? Have you wondered what the driver in front is gong to do next? This video will point out ways to make each journey better.
This will not run through the stages you take as you prepare for your wedding. Rather it covers general points for guests that will make the difference and make you feel more comfortable knowing you are acting correctly.
You receive an invitation to a wedding, funeral or other social event and wonder what to do. Here are some general handy hints that will carry you through..
Meeting new people is always a time to feel nervous. Whether a social or business date here are some points that will ensure you feel comfortable and show yourself to the best advantage.
With over 40 years experience at the University of Life, Mike has a wide range of people skills and has been cinema manager, Salesman, Manager and National Sales Manager for small and Blue Chip Companies. He has had several businesses over the last 25 years and has been a sales trainer, run motivational and self-esteem, marketing, health & safety and disability access courses across the UK.
He is currently managing director of Swan TV, a new internet tv station, runs a meals-on-wheels business, and carries out health and safety and disability training and consultation. Recently he was successfully running courses for unemployed people and English as a second language for students wishing to raise their language level to gain admission at UK universities. He believes that the majority of people want to improve their lives and lifetime learning is the opportunity to either learn a new skill or teach something that you are passionate about.
He is a film-maker and has presented his own on-line weekly radio show. He is interested in gardening, painting and writing and said "The internet has brought such huge opportunities to anyone who wants to start their own business, promote a cause or engage with others across the world with the same passions, interests and questions. It is becoming easier by the day to create your own space and success here."
He claims to be the original Gemini Man with a wide range of interests. See his full bio on LinkedIn.