A sit down with etiquette expert, Nancy KosikFeb 17, 2013 | Leave your thoughts
First impressions are so important. Sociale had the chance to sit down with Nancy Kosik, founder of Nancy Kosik Academy of International Protocol & Etiquette, about correct table manners and what you should and shouldn’t do at the dinner table.
Why is etiquette so important?
Etiquette knowledge allows individuals to let their true qualities shine through by setting aside any uncertainties related to interactions with others in both the social and corporate arenas. This knowledge creates a confidence in people, allowing them to be more attentive to situations focusing on matters at hand. The knowledge of etiquette enables individuals to nurture and enhance relationship, as well as allows them to put their best personality on display, and their best foot forward at all times. Etiquette and protocol knowledge opens doors to achieving new heights of success.
What led you to open your own academy?
The more I learned about etiquette, the more I became self aware and aware of the behaviour of others. As a result, I noticed how much society has regressed when it comes to soft skill knowledge. With technology advancing at such a rapid pace, a new chapter in etiquette and protocol has been created, along with the need to re-address etiquette and protocol related issues when interacting “face to face” with others. I want to fulfill a need in today’s society, that is beneficial to everyone no matter what their age or professional status, providing this generation and generations to come, with tools for greater achievement, and civility.
What is the biggest “faux-pas” that you have come across in dining etiquette?
I do not have one specific faux-pas, but many!
Once you’ve participated in a dining etiquette training, you come to realize how many questions you actually have regarding this subject. You would be amazed to know how many details are involved in dining etiquette, and how many individuals no matter what their age still have so much to learn.
What was your biggest obstacle and how did you overcome it?
I have been fortunate not to have had many obstacles because I have involved myself in a career that I love, that fulfills my needs to help others, have an impact in the world, and continue to grow as an individual
What is your advice to young professional women?
Remember your value, and be aware and clear of “what you bring to the table”. Stay focused on a short and long term goals and no matter what obstacles you face.
Patience, logic, and focus. You can only eat the elephant one bite at a time.