Case Study – From a Shrinking Violet…to the Hostess with the Mostest
Last summer I received a telephone call from a very nice lady who was interested in attending my Signature Programme, the Ladies’ Three-Day Etiquette and Empowerment Course.
Sahana stated that she had an important occasion coming up and she really wanted to host a party, but she felt that she didn’t have the confidence to be a good hostess, or even enjoy the event.
She had moved from India to the UK five years ago when she married an English man. She had a successful career in banking, and was comfortable spending time with close friends, but became overwhelmed when in the company of bigger groups of people.
However, she did not want this occasion to go unmarked, so she registered for the three-day programme, with the hope that it would give her some skills to help with these insecurities. She was nervous attending a class where she did not know anyone, but, as always happens, the other six ladies, from many different countries, were incredibly friendly and she relaxed within a few minutes of the course beginning.
A few weeks later I received a beautiful email from her, stating that she had hosted her party and it was one of the best birthdays she had experienced. The reason for this was because she had practiced and honed her skills following the course, and this is so important. Whilst I can coach my clients through the process, it is up to them to put it into practice and put the work in, which she did.
The highlights of the event for Sahana were as follows:
- Selecting and serving the right aperitif to ensure her guests’ taste buds were stimulated in anticipation for the meal ahead
- Allowing her guests plenty of time to mingle and chat with each other, before being seated for dinner; Sahana did a great job of introducing guests to one another so that the conversation flowed
- Preparation with the seating plans, ensuring her guests were sitting with those whom they shared common interests
And the best part? She told me that throughout the whole event she felt poised, confident and elegant; the best version of herself in fact! I am so very proud of Sahana and what she has achieved.
During the Ladies’ Three-Day Etiquette & Empowerment Course I coach my students on how to introduce people correctly, how to work the room, and everything they need to be a fantastic host, such as issuing appropriately styled invitations to complement the tone of the event, to menu planning, and of course how to subtly ask your guests to leave when the evening is coming to an end!
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*Names have been changed so as to protect my client’s privacy