Open the Elite Doors of Society with Etiquette and Manners: Part 2

Gloria Starr, Leadership Coach, Executive Presence, Personal and Corporate Image, Business Etiquette and Communication shares her knowledge, wisdom, background and experience once again with Pearls and Wine on all things etiquette with her Part 2 edition. If you haven't already, read Gloria Starr's Part 1 edition here. Gloria Starr is fondly known as Lady Starr in diplomatic circles around the world and is also Private Counsel to Royalty in the Middle and Far East.

You may have a great education but etiquette, manners and social graces are essential aspects to acceptance in the Elite social circles, the best Private Clubs and the Inner Executive Circles. Etiquette includes: Meet and greet skills, Social Graces, Table Etiquette, Interview Skills, Ordering in a Restaurant, Buffet Dining and so many other aspects.

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Social Ice-breakers: What Do You Say Next?

Etiquette, manners and social graces include being a good conversationalist. Perhaps, instead of asking someone, "What do you do?" may I suggest some of the following options:

Possible ice-breakers:

What is one thing you're excited about this year?

Do you have any upcoming travel plans?

How do you two know each other?

What's one of your favorite memories?

What's one thing about you that surprises people?

How do you like to spend your time when you are not working?

What’s your favorite book?

What's your dream job?

If you could change your name, what name would you choose?

What’s your hidden talent?

If you could spend a day in someone else’s shoes, whose would they be?

What's one thing your mother/father taught you that completely changed your life?

What was something you've done that made you feel extreme happiness?

Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your 18-year-old self?

If you could instantly become an expert in something, what would it be?

What does success mean to you?

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

What qualities do you value in the people?

What does your dream day look like?

What is a dream you have that you’ve yet to achieve?

What did you have to give up to achieve your current level of success?

For what are you most grateful today?

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