March 27, 2023: Everyone, and we mean everyone, can benefit from learning etiquette. It’s about being polite and respectful, as our etiquette expert Fannie Allen reminds me. As the founder of The Allen Protocol & Leadership Institute, Fannie walks the walk. Because of her I’ve replaced “hi” with “good morning” and “good afternoon” in my emails, and dare not let her see me in jeans.
And protocol is about kindness. And when Fannie showed up to her 4-week class at Friends of Guest House with a swag bag for the women, full of pretty toiletries and goodies, she once again showed us how it’s done. Mic drop.
Whether it’s social etiquette with Friends of Guest House or table manners with the girls of Space of Her Own, whoever takes Fannie’s class sits a little straighter, stands a little taller, and always puts her best foot forward.
December 20, 2022, Friends of Guest House – Nothing sounds sweeter to a job applicant than “You’re hired!” And today we helped our Friends of Guest House residents get that much closer to hearing those magic words. Our Heard etiquette instructor, Fannie Allen of the Allen Protocol & Leadership Institute, spent weeks teaching them the tips and tricks to land that job. I was asked to serve as a volunteer interviewer that day and evaluate these strong, determined women on their interview skills – their greeting, presence, dress, confidence, etc. As always, I was completely blown away by their unique combination of grit and engaging personality. I would have hired every one of them, and I hope potential employers do as well!
Don’t you love when the student is the teacher? We had so much fun with Space of Her Own, a local nonprofit exclusively created to support fifth grade girls. Over the course of a few weeks in February and March 2022, the girls learned that good manners can make a difference! They may help her land that job one day, or make a great first impression. We ended our series with lessons on table manners, and Space of Her Own was amazing enough to provide a fabulous dinner of chicken, warm potato salad, veggies, and cake.
Before dinner the girls reviewed what they learned. Yes, they had practiced setting the table at home (to the delight of some very happy parents) and even taught their mentors a thing or two. (Fork tines down, not up, when you are finished). Huge shoutout to our etiquette teacher, Fannie Allen, of The Allen Protocol and Leadership Institute, for showing these girls these critical life skills.
We are thrilled to offer etiquette again with the residents of Friends of Guest House! After so much time being isolated and indoors, who couldn’t benefit from a little refresher on the basics? Our etiquette teacher Fannie Allen of The Allen Protocol & Leadership Institute, LLC brought it! Over the next month the residents will learn the finer points of social and business etiquette skills, presentation and dining (yes, dining!)
Clients from the Friends of Guest House took their Etiquette class out to lunch to practice what they’ve learned.