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Part I: Speech Etiquette

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Synopsis: Our speech etiquette sessions give students the tools they need to represent themselves and speak confidently. Participants learn proper grammar, body language, and positive communication, along with the importance of proper speech in both oral and written mediums. Like all of our programs, real-life scenarios are used, giving students the chance to practice what they have learned in formal and informal settings. Students will focus on speech qualities like accent modification, pronunciation, and enunciation along with grammar necessities such as vowel and consonant use and subject-verb agreement. With tips on improving verbal communication and critical thinking, the Speak Life Speech Etiquette Program leaves students feeling empowered to represent themselves through speech.

Part II: Business Etiquette

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”
-Colin Powell

Synopsis: The business etiquette program is designed to give students the tools they need to interview well and build a resume. The program also offers lessons on professionalism, basic expectations in the workplace, and appropriate appearance. Led by members of the Speak Life staff and business representatives from the community, the business etiquette program, which takes two one-hour sessions, will use informative discussions and role play scenarios to teach students the skills required to be successful in the workplace.

Part III: Dining Etiquette

“Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.”
-Clarence Thomas

Synopsis: The Speak Life etiquette program includes a dining lesson that will not only give students basic table manners but also give them the confidence they need, no matter the setting. Members of the Speak Life staff, along with an etiquette trainer, demonstrate proper table manners, good posture, and appropriate conversation for the dinner table. The session also includes teaching students about table settings and how important culture, and being aware of culture, is in society.

Part IV: Social Media Etiquette

“Social media is changing the way we communicate and the way we are perceived, both positively and negatively. Every time you post a photo, or update a status, you are contributing to your own digital footprint and personal brand.”
-Amy Jo Martin

Synopsis: Social media isn’t going anywhere and the larger it gets, the more important it is to know basic social media etiquette. This session has a simple purpose — it teaches students the value of a positive, professional online presence and the ramifications of poor social media behavior. Because the internet is a large public forum, this session will also address the dangers of social media and how it can affect students later in life.