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Why Etiquette?

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Written by Leanna Riccitelli

September 2, 2020

Etiquette sounds like such an old-fashioned word and an old-fashioned idea.  Picturing Emily Post wearing white gloves and telling you which fork is for your fish doesn’t sound like the kind of advice that a young person would need in today’s world.

 And yet, as I have traveled the world and met people from all classes of life I have found out that etiquette is what has gotten me through… and occasionally saved me.  For me etiquette equals the most important life skill – how to get along and succeed anywhere without feeling embarrassed.

Three things in my life inspire me to pass on this information.  

  • First of all, my own upbringing and the lessons that I was taught (not always successfully learned the first time).

  • Secondly my opportunities to travel, plan events and meet celebrities and designers as well as workers and lesser known performers who help put these presentations together.

  • Thirdly, but perhaps most importantly, my sons. Helping them thrive and preparing them to succeed in whatever situation presents itself is my ongoing goal.

Life is a series of events – my aim is to help young people be prepared to show up anywhere they want to go and to be able present their best selves with confidence.

 

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