Oh My Gauche! Reflections on Etiquette from a Professional Educator


The adage, “you do not know what you do not know,” rears its head every time you go out in public. I hope you have not insulted anyone today by accident. Training in etiquette and soft skills can improve the lives of people of all ages, from preschoolers to CEOs. When you do not have an answer to a variety of social dilemmas, you put yourself in an uncomfortable position.

I do not think good manners should be a rigid code to follow, but rather a spiritual awakening that inspires one to treat others with compassion and care. No matter the demographics of my class, this is where I always start. And it is also the nub of what is wrong with modern civilization. When we prioritise the needs of others over our own, we find happiness for ourselves as well. A large number of people from many different fields have benefited from “Oh My Gauche!” style etiquette and soft skills training. To be asked by business leaders to instruct their staff in the boardroom and their youngsters in the classroom is an honour and a privilege. Truly, this is the ideal profession.

Training others in the art of self-promotion is a huge responsibility. It baffles me that I have to keep reminding people what an impression flip-flops provide, even if they are not said aloud, whether you are at a ladies luncheon in a hotel ballroom, in the office, or at your boss’s summer garden party. What message do your mute flip-flops send about your personality? The flip-signature flop’s “I do not care” message is reinforced with every pop-pop when the rubber meets the bottom of your foot.

While we are discussing sandals, let us talk about when they are not appropriate to wear. In the summer, I love a good pair of beautiful strappy sandals, but there is definitely a place and time for them. The office on a day with a heat index of 90 degrees or more is not one of these places. As an additional note, closed-toe shoes are required in the workplace, regardless of how adorable your toes may be after yesterday’s pedicure. The junior associate who showed up to the law firm’s garden party in shorts and flip flops should be ashamed of themselves. During the Q&A of a recent presentation, this story came up, and I immediately felt sick to my stomach. Even if you were required to go, I think this seminar would have been more appropriate for your superiors and executive etiquette.

A lot of ground needs to be covered, including proper etiquette in conflict resolution and the proper use of titles. Having good manners is a way to make others feel valued. I intend to show you, your coworkers, and your children how to shine in any setting by doing something most people will not do. It is a huge burden, but someone has to carry it, as I stated. The adage, “you do not know what you do not know,” rears its head every time you go out in public. I hope you have not insulted anyone today by accident. Training in etiquette and soft skills can improve the lives of people of all ages, from preschoolers to CEOs. When you do not have an answer to a variety of social dilemmas, you put yourself in an uncomfortable position.

I do not think good manners should be a rigid code to follow, but rather a spiritual awakening that inspires one to treat others with compassion and care. No matter the demographics of my class, this is where I always start. And it is also the nub of what is wrong with modern civilization. When we prioritise the needs of others over our own, we find happiness for ourselves as well. A large number of people from many different fields have benefited from “Oh My Gauche!” style etiquette and soft skills training. To be asked by business leaders to instruct their staff in the boardroom and their youngsters in the classroom is an honour and a privilege. Truly, this is the ideal profession.

Training others in the art of self-promotion is a huge responsibility. It baffles me that I have to keep reminding people what an impression flip-flops provide, even if they are not said aloud, whether you are at a ladies luncheon in a hotel ballroom, in the office, or at your boss’s summer garden party. What message do your mute flip-flops send about your personality? The flip-signature flop’s “I do not care” message is reinforced with every pop-pop when the rubber meets the bottom of your foot.

While we are discussing sandals, let us talk about when they are not appropriate to wear. In the summer, I love a good pair of beautiful strappy sandals, but there is definitely a place and time for them. The office on a day with a heat index of 90 degrees or more is not one of these places. As an additional note, closed-toe shoes are required in the workplace, regardless of how adorable your toes may be after yesterday’s pedicure. The junior associate who showed up to the law firm’s garden party in shorts and flip flops should be ashamed of themselves. During the Q&A of a recent presentation, this story came up, and I immediately felt sick to my stomach. Even if you were required to go, I think this seminar would have been more appropriate for your superiors and executive etiquette.

A lot of ground needs to be covered, including proper etiquette in conflict resolution and the proper use of titles. Having good manners is a way to make others feel valued. I intend to show you, your coworkers, and your children how to shine in any setting by doing something most people will not do. It is a huge burden, but someone has to carry it, as I stated.
And if the risks are as high for us as adults, just imagine what our kids are exposed to every time they go online. Even though we can not stop our kids from learning to use the internet because it is becoming so pervasive in our society, we can and should safeguard them from the potential dangers of being online. Keeping tabs on our kids’ online activity at home is important, but now that every kid has to study ICT (information and communication technology) in school, there is an even greater opportunity for harm.

Our children’s online safety should be prioritised by the school at all times, not only when they are in class or on school grounds. Schools are under increasing pressure to ensure students’ physical and digital security, but not all institutions have the resources to do so. Here’s where the help of an online security service might be useful.

With the help of a school’s E-safety online backup, students can safely explore the internet and all the amazing things it has to offer without worrying about encountering anything inappropriate. It would appear that E-safety online is a must for all schools, from seminars where instructors may share their issues and new technologies which may harm children, to planning how to talk to young people about the risks which can be found online. The book will help children develop healthy internet habits and teach teachers how to keep their students safe online as they learn. Most importantly, it will give all parents comfort in knowing that their children are secure from inappropriate content online even when they are not present.



2022-10-19 17:30:00