October 2009 Children's Etiquette Certification graduate, Cindee Huddy, was published recently in Parents Guide of Las Vegas Magazine. Her article, "Teaching Manners, Building Confidence" emphasizes the importance of making a great first impression:
"Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot." - Clarence Thomas.
Recently I bumped into a dear friend at the grocery store, who had her six year old in tow. As her mother and I began to embrace, the little one popped in between us and said, "Hi, I am Hannah" with a big smile on her face. I leaned down, offered her a handshake and introduced myself. She replied, "It's nice to meet you." It was a sweet moment of exchange, but it also made me think of how often we forget to introduce others.
Introductions are one of the best ways to acknowledge one another. It helps everyone feel included in the conversation. This particular social skill builds confidence. The best way for children to learn is by watching their parents.
The four basic rules of introduction:
Other important tools include:
Take time to prep your child for your next outing. A parent should practice eye contact, a firm handshake and introductions. It will dazzle and amaze your friends and family. As people respond to your child with a warm return, they will begin to do it naturally.
"Even the smallest star shines in the darkness." - Finnish Proverb
Cindee Huddy is the owner of SHINE Social Etiquette and Image Development located in Henderson, Nevada.
The American School of Protocol® is so proud of your accomplishments, Cindee! We wish you all the best for a successful 2011.