Following up from yesterday's dining etiquette portion, today's topics zooms in specifically on social etiquette and grooming tips for the students.
 
Not wanting to just be a one-way transfer of information, I got the students to participate in the social etiquette portion by standing, sitting, squatting and walking. Almost everyone in the class had a chance to practise. While we may stand or sit or walk in our normal manner on a daily basis, getting scrutinised by 30 plus pairs of eyes is certainly a new experience in itself.
 
When standing, do a quick check on feet placement and whether student is slouching or not. On the issue of slouching, I think maybe it's because of the weight of the heavy schoolbag but most kids nowadays tend to slouch at a young age. Slouching is extremely bad for the back as it does not help support your body posture at all. If I see a slouching person, the first impression I get from him/her is that of laziness. If you do have a slouching challenge, it can be improved upon. Simply visit the gym and work on your back muscles, otherwise known technically as your latissimus dorsi. A strong back will thank you for many many years to come as you can bid farewell to stiffness, aches and pains. 

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And boys will forever be boys. When discussing the topic of shaking hands, the boys were all too excited to shake each other's hand. Well, I could tell from the expressions on some faces that they were more keen to treat their classmate to a knuckle grinder handshake. See, I was right. This picture below is evidence :)

The right way to shake someone's hand is to match the other person's grip strength. Always look the person in the eye and show sincerity when shaking someone's hand, especially when you are meeting someone for the first time.
 
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I will also not forget the joke of the day. When sharing with the class that men should not allow the hairs on their shins to show when they cross their legs sitting down, one student suggested that all male species should henceforth wear stockings so as to solve this problem. I couldn't help but laugh. 

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Summing up my observations, it was clear that the students particularly liked two segments - skincare and dressing tips. Perhaps they are so so right as these two topics "strike" straight at the heart, the seat of all emotions. Look good, look good, everyone wants to look good. Plus everyone's at the teenage years, where looking good is not just of paramount importance to oneself as it helps to boost self-confidence but also looking good helps one attract the opposite sex as well!

Hmm...looking good is everyone's right and it's not a myth that it is difficult to get good skin. As long as you cleanse, tone and moisturise daily (both day and light), you will be able to get better skin! Try it today...and if you do encounter any challenges along the way, just drop me a mail :)
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After two months of recceing, liaising, shortlisting and preparation, the dining etiquette workshop for Greenview Secondary School is finally here! I'm doubly excited because this marks my first foray as a vendor for grooming workshops in Singapore. This is definitely an added responsibility besides just being a trainer. 

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Grateful to be awarded the project by the school management, the dining etiquette is part of Greenview Secondary School's Learning Festival for all its 331 Secondary Three students. As the appointed vendor, I had to liaise with both the school teacher as well as the restaurant manager to ensure the dining portion was executed flawlessly.
 
As this was a large group of students, I had to break the classes up into two groups - with five classes on the first day and four classes on the second day. 

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Head down to Swensen's Tampines Mall we did in the chartered buses for each class. The senior restaurant manager Eric was obliging enough to cordon off the restaurant for our purpose and get his staff to report for duty earlier than the norm. Well, this was because our dining etiquette portion was to commence from 1000hrs and end by 1115hrs before the lunch-time crowd reaches.

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From the happy faces on the students, it was evident that all of them enjoyed this food excursion to Swensen's. More importantly, it gave them the opportunity to put into practice what they had just been taught - proper dining which includes how to order their food, using the right cutlery, creating small talk while waiting for the food to come, and the art of dining. 

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If you thought it was just one standard item for the students, you would have been mistaken. For the record, the students were treated to a sumptuous four-course meal comprising soup of the day, main entree (choose from breaded chicken or fish & chips), soft drink (choose from Coke and Fanta Grape) and dessert in the form of a single scoop of chocolate ice cream. Students who were vegetarian could choose from aglio olio spaghetti and arcata penne for their main entree.

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During my school days, dining etiquette was something only the upper class society could engage in, much less to mention getting schooled in the finer details of it. But it is now considered the norm for students to learn and be equipped with such finer lifeskills.

Bon appetite everybody!
 
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