Manners Classes in North America

Teaching adults and children how to behave properly in the classroom, in the boardroom, and in the dining room is a growing industry across North America. Whether you're interested in signing up a child, an employee, or yourself for some lessons in proper protocol, check out this sampling of schools, listed state-by-state.

California

The AML Group, Etiquette and Protocol Consultants, 1927 Jackson Street, San Francisco, 94109, 415-398-3229, www.amlgroup.com

Founder Lisa Mirza Grotts offers two seminars in which any smart businessperson would want to partake: Business and Social Etiquette, which covers gift giving, introductions, and international clients; and Business and Social Entertaining, which provides everything you need to know to be a proper host to business acquaintances as well as friends.

Ready for Media, 18842 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, 90265,310-456-6857 www.readyformedia.com

While the focus of this company is prepping people for interactions with the media, this communication-centered business offers etiquette instruction that's appropriate for business settings. From meet and greets to impressing clients worldwide, these unique workshops teach you how to better conduct yourself in business.

Canada

The Protocol School of Ontario, P.O. Box 248, Zurich, Ontario, N0M 2T0, 519-871-4374, www.psoo.com

It is the boardroom and the dining room where Pamela Bedour, founder and director of The Protocol School of Ontario, focuses her energy. Her classes for adults help improve people's communication skills and their confidence, and she preps executives on how to behave when traveling abroad. She also helps tomorrows CEOs learn proper behavior through her children's and teen's etiquette programs, which cover everything from table manners to thank-you notes.

Connecticut

The Connecticut School of Etiquette, P.O. Box 2163, Darien, 06820, 888-283-6586, www.morethanmanners.com

According to founder Michele O'Reilly, proper etiquette is the key to success. No wonder she likes to start her students young, with a “Courteous Kids” class for youngsters ages four to seven. This school also offers classes for older children, teens and adults, and if your manners really need help, you can hire her for private coaching.

Georgia

Personal Best, Inc., 735 Langford Lane, Atlanta, 30327, 404-252-2245, www.personalbest.net

Founder Peggy Newfield focuses her fine skills on helping the employees of Fortune 500 companies act their best in all situations, including taking a client out to dinner or traveling abroad. In addition to on-site classes, you can purchase Personal Best seminars on tape for at-home study.

Maine

The Protocol School of Washington, P.O. Box 970, Yarmouth, 04096-0970, 1-877-766-3757, www.psow.com

Despite its name, the Protocol School of Washington conducts all its classes in Portland, Maine. Not only does the founder and director Dorothea Johnson offer etiquette classes to adults working in industries such as government, education, and entertainment, but also she has a mail-order program on manners for children.

Massachusetts

Protocol Advisors, 241 Beacon Street, Boston, 02116, 617-267-6950, www.protocoladvisors.com

Fortune 500 companies turn to Protocol Advisors for instruction on everything from dressing well to dining well. In addition, you can sign up for seminars on such esoteric topics as golf etiquette.

New Jersey

Corby O'Connor Business Etiquette & Protocol, 163 Fells Road, Suite B, Essex Falls, 07021, 866-249-7494, www. corbyoconnor.com

Manners may make you appear polite, but to etiquette guru Corby O'Connor, it's all about gaining the competitive edge. That's why her corporate protocol seminars focus on how both your behavior and your attire affect your business success.

New York

RASolutions, P.O. Box, Chenango Bridge, 13745-0471, 607-648-4243, www.rasolutions.net

Where this upstate New York firm succeeds is in giving courses on business dining etiquette, a must for any person serious about getting ahead these days. The company specializes in working with those employed at colleges and chambers of commerce.

Ohio

The Etiquette Institute, P.O. Box 340042, Columbus, 43234,888-677-9346, www.magnificentmanners.com

It's no surprise that former elementary school teacher Cathi Fallon offers many protocol programs for the youngest students. One such program is called “Pretty As A Picture,” which teaches social graces to elementary school girls. The Etiquette Institute even offers special programs for Girl Scout troops and birthday parties.

Pennsylvania

The Madison School of Etiquette and Protocol, 1444 Old Welsh Road, Huntingdon Valley, 19006, 215-938-1178, www.etiquetteconsult.com

Gail Madison is bringing manners to the masses with her etiquette classes for folks of all ages. From camps to company workshops, she teaches children, teens, and adults everything from dining instruction to corporate and international etiquette.

South Carolina

Charleston School of Protocol and Etiquette, P.O. Box 41113, Charleston, 29423, 843-207-1025, www.charleston-schoolofprotocol.com

Master manners maven Cynthia Grosso offers a summer camp and school-year finishing program for children ages nine to thirteen that help them to develop social and cultural skills. Her corporate-level training runs the gamut, from proper dining etiquette to how to behave when traveling abroad.

Tennessee

Flora Mainord Enterprises, School of Etiquette, 10238 South River Trail, Knoxville, 37922, 865-966-6057, www.floramainord.com

These etiquette classes vary from in-person seminars to interactive instruction to one-on-one tutorials on how to make a good first impression. Brides-to-be should find the class in wedding etiquette to be of particular interest.

Manners and Protocol, P.O. Box 3446, Brentwood, 37024-3446, 615-661-6313, www.mannersandprotocol.com

Manners and Protocol offers traveling seminars throughout the state on corporate etiquette and how having good manners can make you a more successful person. There are also a few classes geared toward children and manners.

Texas

Social Graces Perfected, 1807 Hwy. 183-S, Leander, 78641, 512-259-1053, www.socialgracesperfected.com

Not only does this school teach about such tried-and-true etiquette topics as how to behave while doing business, but also it ventures into some interesting social territory. Students of Social Graces Perfected, which also has a location in Wyoming, can learn how to be well behaved at their wedding or holiday events, and your children can improve their social graces for birthday parties and school gatherings.

The Texas School of Protocol, 909 Reinicke, Houston, 77007, 713-864-9841, www.m-do-m.com

This business's tag line is “manners do matter,” and owner Karen Groussard Marlow works hard to bring this message to folks living and working in and around the Houston area. Her traveling workshops for all ages not only teach you the proper protocol of communication and dining, but also how to dress yourself professionally and appropriately at all times. In addition, she instructs people on art, music, theater and dance appreciation.

Washington

The Polite Child, 13110 NE 177th Place, Suite 123, Wood-inville, 98072,866-485-4089, www.thepolitechild.com

While the ultimate goal in sending your child to manners class would be to improve his behavior in social situations, the folks at The Polite Child hope to improve his self-esteem as well. Working with school districts on the West Coast, The Polite Child offers classes for preschoolers, grade-schoolers, tweens and teens, in topics ranging from party manners to polishing up for the prom.

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