See how current your Etiquette IQ is with our True/False Questions Below

1. Elbows are sometimes permitted on the table.

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2. Proposing a toast can be done anytime during the meal.

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3. Political discussions should always be avoided during a meal.

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4. At a buffet, start eating as soon as half of the people have returned to the table. 

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5. If you are eating a messy meal (ex: spare ribs), it is perfectly all right to tuck your napkin under your chin. 

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6. When introducing two people of the same age but different sex, it really doesn’t matter whose name is stated first. 

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7. In business or social situations, it is always correct for a woman to shake hands.

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8. The nature of e-mailing is informal, but business e-mails should still be communicated formally. 

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9. Fold-over note cards are used by men and women. 

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10. It is acceptable for a “thank-you” text message to replace a handwritten thank-you note.

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11. There are exceptions, but one usually doesn’t give out his/her business card unless another asks for it.

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12. One who overlooks etiquette rarely has it called to his/ her attention.

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A recent article posted by The Conversation, an academic content website, listed 10 ways schools, parents, and communities can prevent school shootings now.

Number one on their list to combat this major problem is for schools and communities to teach social and emotional skills.

The article states that decrease in free play time and frequent social media use has reduced children’s opportunities to learn these basic social skills. Children should be learning these skills sets in school, but often times they are not.

As an etiquette and life skills educational company, The American School of Protocol, completely agrees that children need to learn life skills. However, we have found that during the school day is not when the majority of this learning takes place.

Many schools have completely eliminated character building classes and activities due to academic pressure and the need to meet certain benchmarks on state administered exams.

Studies have found that schools only try to implement a character building program, once it is too late or as a buffer to help solve an existing problem.  Children spend more time at school and extracurricular activities than ever before.  The lack of  instruction from parents is now becoming more apparent.

Character Education, Etiquette, and Life Skills are all necessary to help formulate a balanced and socially compassionate child who can conduct themselves with confidence and consideration for others. Eliminating home economics, life skills and character building paired with our new digital era and lifestyle, qualified etiquette teachers are more in demand than ever before, but without instruction in the class room and etiquette teachers in the communities, the outlook for the future of our youth is grim.

After every tragic event our requests, internet searches and calls soar. We also hear from individuals around the world who have the same problem. The American School of Protocol’s goal is for every state and city across the United States to have a knowledgeable etiquette teacher who is offering classes to students of all ages.

We continually find underqualified and inexperienced instructors who want to help, but just aren’t accomplishing their goals. Etiquette is an unregulated industry.  This is why it is so easy for other companies to market and sell certificates and programs that don’t teach the information correctly or address the real issues.

We have developed our 5-Day Certification Training and a complete Character Education Series for teachers who want to make sure they are teaching  high quality, accurate educational materials.

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To parents, educators, entrepreneurs, we need you to step up and bring etiquette to your community. If this has been on the back burner, we encourage you to lay out your goals and make it happen. Now is the time!

1 Exhibit A Warm And Friendly Demeanor- No matter how bad a day you are having it is important to always be warm and friendly to others. This makes for friendlier interactions and can brighten someone’s day.

2 Look People in the Eyes – Stop staring at your phone and look up. It seems like it should be the easiest one to accomplish, however these little things called cell phone are making eye contact almost near impossible today.

3 Use Proper Table Manners At Every Meal – Whether it be an informal dinner party or a business event, always remember your table manners.

4 Dress Appropriately – Always dress for the occasion, remember that overdressing is always better than under dressing.

5 Hold Doors Open – Before entering and exiting a building always look in front and behind you to see if there is anyone that could use a helping hand.


6 Say Please & Thank You – Remembering the basic please and thank you can make all the difference. These simple words show gratitude and appreciation and are never underrated.

7 Let Other Cars Merge In – Driving can be stressful for many people, letting a car merge in can help move along traffic and improve someone’s day. Whether it is a car from out of town or your daily rush hour, everyone appreciates being let in.

8 Keep Your Unnecessary Comments to Yourself – Being malicious and embarrassing someone is simply rude and poor etiquette. Always be mindful and think before you speak.

9 Not Talking Loudly – Talking too loudly when you are out in public is not only disruptive but an annoyance to everyone around.  Sadly, many people think because they are using a bluetooth device that they can go anywhere and continue their conversation.

10 Treat Others With Respect – The age-old saying of “treat others how you want to be treated” reigns supreme. In order to get respect, a person must first show respect.

Writing a thank you note shows the person who took the time to think of you and give you a gift that you value their time. When someone goes out of their way to handwrite a note in our technology driven world, it is memorable.

If you are reading this, then you are most likely writing a thank you note.  Thank you for keeping this tradition alive. 

Sending a thank you note is NOT a thing of the past! Writing thank you notes is still something that people do AND thank you notes are very much appreciated.

Below are 5 sample thank you notes to help you get started.

Dear Meg and Liam,
Thank you for the aroma diffuser. It not only makes my apartment smell great, but it’s so pretty - - a true art piece on its own. Paris is beautiful this time of year so I know you will have the best time. You both have to come over and tell me all about your trip and to see how calming and Zen like my place feels with the diffuser. Best wishes, Penny Parker

Dear Aunt Julie,
Thank you for the warm scarf you sent to me. The fact that you made it yourself makes it even more special. It’s currently 2° here in New York and will be even colder by New Year’s Eve. I really appreciate your thoughtfulness, as well as your talent for knitting!
XOXO Katie

Dear Mom and Dad,
Thank you for being so thoughtful and thinking of me as I buy my first home. Your kind gift will be used wisely during this process. I am looking forward to 2018 and I hope it is a wonderful year for us all. Owning my own home has always been a dream and I can’t wait to share it with you. Thanks again, Miles

Dear Gram and Pops,
Thank you for sending me the complete DVD collection of Game of Thrones. This is my favorite show, so it was a wonderful Christmas gift. I hope you enjoy spending the New Year in Jackson Hole. I am already on Season 4 and plan on finishing the entire series over New Years!
Love, Benjamin

Dear Sean,
Thank you for the stunning terrarium. It is such a great conversation piece for my office. Your green thumb has always inspired me to love plants. Please stop by in the New Year to see how beautiful the succulents are.
Kind regards, Amelia Williams

See how easy that is?

We follow this simple four sentence format which is just the perfect amount to fit on a correspondence card or folder over.

• First Sentence – Says thank you for the gift
• Second Sentence – Says something about the gift
• Third Sentence – Says something unrelated to the gift
• Fourth Sentence – Says something about the gift

Don't forget to . . .

⇒ Sign on and Sign Off

⇒ Write clearly

⇒ Date it (bottom left-hand corner)

⇒ Proofread

#1 Bring a gift for the host. 

#2 Offer to help to the host.

#3 Participate in the holiday traditions.

#4 Ask the host where you should sit at the dining table.

#5 Wait for the host to begin the meal. A blessing or a few words will often be shared to thank everyone for being there.

#6 Eat slowly and engage in conversation with others during the meal.

#7 Say something nice about the food and thank those who helped make all the preparations.

#8 After the meal is over, see how you can help clean up.

#9 Don't overstay your welcome.

#10 Send a thank-you note to the host expressing your gratitude and appreciation for the meal.

 

In the aviation world, these three words are considered a common approach to flying situations. 

Aviation studies have discovered that during emergencies pilots can get so focused on solving the problem that they forget to actually fly the airplane.

Being prepared and knowing exactly what you will do before you do it serves us well in all aspects of life. This tactic can also be employed to help you feel more comfortable when dining with others. 

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Here are a few tips that will ensure you land once you have taken off!

Prepare For Take Off 

Avoid Turbulence

Final Approach

The Landing

The takeoff is important just like the landing and everything in-between, but the most important part is how you walk away feeling after the experience and how you made those around you feel.

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Location  Atlanta, Georgia

2018 DATES

February 11 - 15

June 10 - 14

October 14 - 18

Click here for more information on the Children’s Etiquette Certification Training. 

 You can also contact us with any questions at
404.252.2245 or email team@theamericanschoolofprotocol.com

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Ten Things That Will Never Fail  You

During our Children’s Etiquette Certification Training that is held in Atlanta, Georgia, participants travel from all over the world to partake in the five-day course. Through interactive activities and hands-on instruction the trainees gain the knowledge to teach life skills and etiquette to children.

Children attend each day so that the trainees can see the lessons unfold and experience teaching the curriculum.  One of the activities that takes place is instructing the children how to write a thank you note.

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The children are learning ASP’s four sentence format for writing thank you notes. They are also learning what it means to be appreciative.

Peggy Newfield created the program and developed the curriculum. She has taught more than 10,000 children and certified more than 700 individuals worldwide.  She knows that this activity teaches more than just how to write a thank you note.

“Being grateful and learning how to be appreciative is the underlying message. It is more than just putting pen to paper” proclaims Newfield.

Sara Thank you Notes

In the photo above Sara Vizcarrondo, from California encourages a young student to think about a person who has done something for him.

Below Christina Womack from Atlanta, Georgia listens to a student explain the reason why she would like to write a thank you note to her grandmother.

Christina Thank you

This activity gets the children to actively reflect and think about someone who has done something special or nice for them. Talking about being thankful, then writing down the reasons why they are grateful, and thinking about someone else, helps them understand the true meaning of being appreciative.

Below Kathryn Haynes from Sydney Australia helps two middle school girls construct their thank you notes.
Thank You Notes

"Most children do not think of where things come from or who is paying for it, which often creates a sense of entitlement" states Newfield.

Studies have shown that children who are thankful and show their appreciation to others have greater self-esteem and a positive outlook.

Other studies state that children who actively practice being grateful not just with their words, but with their actions are happier and become more productive adults.

Newfield  strongly believes that we must teach our children when they are young that it is just as important to show they are thankful through their actions as it is to say 'thank you'.

Below Peggy Hoshall from Oklahoma helps two young students write their thank you notes.

Thank YOu

“When we encourage children to focus on being grateful and help them understand that all the things they have were given to them, it makes them more self-aware.  Which in turn builds respect.”

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A young student and Reshma Patel from New Jersey work together on formulating a thank you note.

Each trainee has different goals and reasons for attending, but the primary purpose is so that they can return home and be able to contribute in some way that will improve the life of another. Writing thank you notes is a simple activity that may seem fairly easy - putting pen to paper - but by having students write down what they are thankful for paired with the dialogue creates an impression that we hope lasts for a lifetime.