Leadership Matters

A successful life is rooted in purpose, not perfection. ~ Deborah King

  • Are you constantly reminding your children about basic good manners?
  • Are you concerned how they treat others like classmates or teachers?
  • Do your children seem disrespectful at times?
  • Are they more interested in the gadgets than having a conversation?

You have come to the right place. Have you considered social skills classes AKA “etiquette” classes? In our modern world, it can be difficult to navigate well all of the specific social situations encountered in a day. It seems everything is changing continually. These classes use the approach of instructing how to think socially before ACTING socially to know the expected & respected behavior to use in everyday life. It’s not a matter of memorizing a list but thinking first about others. Learning the importance of social skills will go a long way towards your child’s future success.

The explanation for each of the three sets of classes offered is below:

  • Four etiquette classes – Leadership Matters – assisting elementary students (8-11 yrs old) to handle the challenges of school, extra-curricular activities, etc.
  • The chosen topics will give them an understanding of what behaviours are expected and respected in any/all social scenarios diminishing feelings of uncertainty and boosting confidence.
  • The classes are fun; interactive using games & role-playing. The participants receive a workbook while the parents are provided with a helpful booklet to continue the formation at home.
  • NEW for Teens!! The First Seven Seconds workshop for Teens (15-18 yrs old) breaking down the specific skills needed to ace a good first impression
  • This two hour workshop has the students working through role-plays; quizzes.
  • And for 12-14 yrs old, The Well Mannered Communicator workshop will help participants understand the importance of communicating effectively and politely whether verbally; digitally or written.
  • The workshop lasts for two hours and the students will learn these concepts through fun activities and role-plays.

The First Seven Seconds 

The First Seven Seconds of a First Impression

Seven seconds is not a lot of time to make a solid and effective First Impression. In this two hour workshop, Maria breaks down the components to seven main concepts that are necessary to make every first impression memorable for the right reasons. They include:

  • Be on time
  • Be appropriately dressed
  • Master introductions
  • Art of Conversation
  • Polite cell phone manners
  • Social media & digital communication manners
  • Thank you cards

This program would be perfect to supplement a Leadership program at the high school level. The teens would benefit from the many hands-on activities and role-plays to reinforce the concepts needed to be confident communicators. The age group would be for 15-18 yrs old.

Cost:  $50/participant includes hand-outs  

Leadership Matters (8-11 yrs)


Topics Include:

  • Five fabulous phrases
  • Social smarts
  • Introductions
  • Art of conversation
  • Phone manners
  • Friends & peers
  • Reading social signals
  • Empathy
  • Bullying & teasing
  • Conflict resolution
  • Party & sleepover etiquette

Cost: $95/participant includes a workbook


Well Mannered Communicator 

After this two hour workshop, the participants will be more confident using the different media available to communicate effectively including creating a positive digital “footprint”. They will learn the pitfalls to avoid, also.

  • Verbal – polite conversations; good introductions; negotiation; conflict resolution
  • Digital – social media; cell phone manners; empathy
  • Written – learn how to compose a simple personal letter

It’s never too early to become well mannered communicators!! The age group would be for 12-14 yrs old.

Cost: $50/participant includes a workbook


Upcoming Classes

Alessandra learned a lot in your class.  I am very glad that she took it.

Celine C., parent of one participant

Our 8 year old daughter Anastasia completed Maria’s etiquette course this past April. When a contractor arrived at our home a bit early, we were very impressed with her manners. My wife wasn’t able to go to the door, so she asked our daughter to answer it and see him in. Rather than simply say “come in,” she took his coat and invited him to have a seat in the living room. She also sat and had a conversation with him until we arrived. Surprised at her response, we asked how she knew what to do and why she had showed so much hospitality. She said she learned it at the etiquette course.

David & Kelley H., parents of a participant


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