These simple Life Hacks works miracles to improve the outcome of any social situation:
#1. When you first meet people try to notice their eye color while also smiling at them. It might be because you look for a second or two longer, but all I can tell you is that people really respond to it.
#2. Pay attention to people’s feet. If you approach two people in the middle of a conversation, and they only turn their torsos and not their feet, they don’t want you to join in the conversation. Similarly if you are in a conversation with a coworker whom you think is paying attention to you and their torso is turned towards you but their feet are facing in another direction, they want the conversation to end. For more on these types of things in the workplace check out Carol Kinsey Goman’s research.
#3. Foot-in-the-door phenomenon. People are more likely to agree to do a task for you if you ask them to do something simpler first. (Gradual Commitment… makes people think you like them)
#4. Alternatively you ask them to do an unreasonable task, and they’ll say no, so then you ask for what you wanted, a much more reasonable task, they’re more likely to agree that way.
#5. If you ask someone to do you a small favor, cognitive dissonance will make them believe that because they did that favor, they therefore must like you. (Ben Franklin)
#6. If you ask someone a question and he or she only partially answer just wait. If you stay silent and keep eye contact they will usually continue talking.
#7. Chew gum when you’re approaching a situation that would make you nervous like public speaking or bungee jumping. Apparently if we were ‘eating’ something our brains trip and it reasons ‘I would not be eating if I were in danger. So I’m not in danger’. Has helped calm me a few times.
#8. Avoid the sidewalk shuffle by looking intently over the person’s shoulder, or between people’s heads in a group. Your gaze shows them where you’re going. They’ll drift toward the opposing side / create a gap to avoid you.
#9. When you’re studying/learning something new, teach a friend how/about it. Let them ask questions. If you’re able to teach something well, you understand it.
#10. People will remember not what you said but how you made them feel.
#11. For interviews I recommend altering your psychological state beforehand. Tell yourself “I’ve known these people all my life. We’re old friends catching up. I can’t wait to see them”. Visualize the experience, shaking hands, making eye contact, having conversation. What things can you not to wait to tell them? Hold an open pose…stand with your legs apart, hands on your hips, and shoulders back while doing this and SMILE. This may sound cliché but you are in charge of your own psychological state and the power of suggestion is strong.
#12. If you get yourself to be really happy and excited to see other people, they will react the same to you. It doesn’t always happen the first time, but it will definitely happen next time.
#13. My personal favorite is when people are angry at me; if I stay calm it’ll get them even angrier, and be ashamed about it after.
#14. If you have a warm hand when you shake somebody’s hand, you immediately become a more desirable person to get along with.
#15. People have a certain image of themselves and will fight tooth and nail to cling to it. Use this information wisely. You can make people dislike you by attacking their self-image.
#16. The key to confidence is walking into a room, and assuming everyone already likes you.
#17. The physical effects of stress (increased breathing rate, heart rate ect.) mirror identically the physical effects of courage. So when you’re feeling stress from any situation immediately reframe it: your body is getting ready to do courage, it’s not feeling stress. A great example of cognitive reframing, researchers found that you do better when you appraise a stressful situation as a challenge, not a threat.
#18. Refer to people you’ve just met by their name. People loving being referred to by their name, and it will establish a sense of trust and friendship right away…
#19. If you make the biggest smile you can, you will automatically feel happier
#20. The moment your alarm wakes you up, immediately react by sitting up, pump your fists and shout “YEAH!”
Photos: taken from the internet
Summer is the time when we want to put away, lock away or hide all of our school and college books. Time when the only reads are cheep gossip and fashion magazines and romantic novels, which we grasping trough while relaxing on holiday.
But here is the list of some light and enjoyable reads, filled with good advice and practical tips on elegance :
"A large, beautifully illustrated book about manners for children. The book has the favorite characters, such as Snow White, Mickey Mouse, Donald and Daisy Duck, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Winnie the Pooh, and many more to illustrate proper manners. Fun and educational!"
2. The Little Pink Book of Elegance: The Modern Girl's Guide to Living with Style, written by Jodi Kehn
"Enhance your world, one elegant touch at a time! The Little Pink Book of Elegance: The Modern Girl's Guide to Living with Style includes fabulous tips on clothing, colors, accessories, jewelry, fragrance, your home, closets, entertaining, correspondence, and more. Learn how to manage all the aspects of your life with poise and self-confidence, and discover how to develop and refine that ''true-to-yourself'' style!"
3. How to be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life, written by Mellisa Hellstern
"While she would have been the last to say so, Audrey Hepburn was an expert in the art of being a woman. How to Be Lovely imparts whatever wisdom and insight she found along the way to the millions who grew up, or will grow up, wanting to be just like her."
4. The Elegant Woman: For The Woman Who Wants To Increase Her Elegance And Beauty, by Eunice Leong
"Fashion may come and go, beauty may fade, but elegance is forever."
5. Elegance: Novel plus ABC to Elegance, written by Kathleen Tessaro
"Unhappy with her looks, her life, and her empty marriage, Louise Canova needs help -- and she finds it in a secondhand bookstore. A forty-year-old encyclopedia of style titled Elegance, this slim volume by formidable French fashion expert Madame Dariaux promises to transform even the plainest of women into creatures of poise and grace. It is a fairy godmother in print, an A-to-Z manual with essential advice that Louise vows to take to heart. But within its pages lie not only clues from her past, but also powerful lessons for the future. And as the old Louise gives way to the stunning new, she's about to find out that there's more to every life than what appears on the surface ... and that everything, even elegance, has its price."
Enjoy reading Girls x
Last week, at finishing school, I learned how to peel fruit with a knife and fork — a banana specifically. I tweeted this groundbreaking news and there was calls for a video demonstration.
Here it is!
And apologies for the sparse posting. I’ve got tons to write about, but little time on the road. I’m hoping to fix that over the next week.
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If you weren't busy in polishing your talents and abilities, it's about time to start developing and improving yourself to bring success into your life. Think and feel good about yourself! Join Lady Like School now for new exciting courses. We can help you continuously polish yourself!
Lady Like School is designed for those girls who want the finer things in life. We will equip and empower children (over 10 years of age), youth and adults with proper etiquette and social skills, through a proven curriculum and professional instructors.
Our Etiquette training includes:
- Social Etiquette – in public places and in the home;
- Good posture and walking;
- Grooming skills;
- Proper speech;
- Telephone manners;
- Table manners;
- Interview skills;
- Basic wardrobe;
First impressions are lasting, make the most of yourself! This Finishing course is designed for those girls who would like assistance developing their own personal style. This course will focus on personal grooming and overall presentation, deportment, self-esteem and confidence, so you will be able to stand out amongst the crowd.
The subjects thought are:
- Social and Business Etiquette: Fine dining, receptions, special events; hosting for events, wedding, and other special situation in etiquette;
- Personal care: Hair, skin, nail and other personal grooming;
- Nutrition and body beauty;
- Personality development;
- Creating your look: Wardrobe organization and personal shopping;
- Make-up: Basic and professional application;
- Public speaking: Tone and diction;
- Preparing for work: Interviewing techniques, work place etiquette, social media etiquette;
Grace, elegance and confidence are undeniable traits and, at Lady Like School, we recognize and help you develop your personal style. When you look great, you feel great and you project a confident image. Lady Like School’s Deportment course teaches you how to have elegance, grace and high self-esteem. You will see the difference elegance and poise can make!
Our course includes sessions in:
- Walking in heels;
- Perfect poise and presence;
- What to do with your body in different situation and, instead of feeling awkward and out of place, to be relaxed and self-assured;
In a though economic climate, good leadership skills are essential. Lady Like School’s leadership course helps you develop the qualities of good leadership that are so important for career. Improve your performance and increase your effective leadership skills! Be ready to meet the challenges of today’s world!
- Preparing for leadership: what it takes to take the lead?
- Strategic thinking;
- Developing leadership;
- Achieving leadership success;
- Developing team creativity and initiative;
- Leading with emotional intelligence;
- Leadership for women;
- Play your strengths;
The importance of acting like a lady
When you are interested to become a lady, it is something that cannot be found in a dictionary. It is not enough to sit down in front of the computer and research its meaning and importance. It has to come from within. There is a difference between being a woman and a lady. Ladies are made.
Eventually every girl will grow into a mature woman but there's only a handful amount of girls that develop into a feminine, cultured, refined, respectable and well-mannered woman, also known as a lady. It has become very important to reach this level of excellence in present time as well as in the past. Being courteous and considerate were things that were taught many years ago.
People that have these qualities are looked up to and are respected. I feel that, as a woman, to be respected is very important in our everyday lives. In order to be respected, we must first respect ourselves. We should look after our appearances, dress modestly and in a ladylike fashion to give a great first impression. Our personalities must match these appearances therefore we must act polite, modest and womanly.
In the 21st century, women have reached a higher level of importance in our society. They have risen and are fit for education, workmanship and politics. Being ladylike gives a sense of power and leadership. The most powerful women in our world are also very cultured and ladylike such as royal families and high societies.
Ladylike is an intangible somewhat mystical quality that surrounds a woman. Since ladylike women are envied so much by others for their qualities, they can be very influential towards the community. If they are charitable and help the disadvantaged, they will influence others to do the same. Being ladylike is not a surface quality, it's mostly shown by the way they treat others and it's crucially important.
Girls want to be ladylike just like boys want to be gentlemens. Why is that? When young girls play with barbies they dream about being princesses. Being a princess represents all qualities being ladylike. Some of the qualities include being gentle, generous, kind, well-mannered and elegant. This allows you to become the BEST version of you as a girl and a woman and that is why acting like a lady is so important.
Develop your potential to the fullest and become a polished individual inside and out! Increase your confidence and be comfortable in any situation!
Whether it would be for:
Lady Like School is the place where you can add that "extra something", to become a person with irresistible appeal, vitality and grace!
Don't miss out our Open Day! Tell us you are coming and receive your 50E off any classes Voucher.
It's so simple, just click the "I'm Attending" button to this event, then turn up to Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, on 4th of September 2013, 7.00-9.00 PM.
Sushi, tea and biscuits are on us! Also, you will get the chance to register for the new Lady Like School classes, to enter a competition and WIN a Fees-Free School Year with us.
Step up with Ireland's best Finishing and Modelling School!
Being a lady today is very important. We are the leaders of tomorrow, we have to set the bar high. Teenage girls believe that equality can be achieved through acting like the male species does, yet it is much harder than "getting with" as many boys at a party.
Equality is achieved by leading a lady like life.
Having self respect. Respecting yourself is the only way to get others to respect yourself. You have to stand tall and hold your head high. The more you raise the bars, the more respect youll get, that much closer will we be towards being equal to men.
Being a lady today means bringing everything youve got to the table and then some more. It's about all those hidden talents we women have, being able to show ourselves is a classy way. We dont have to walk around naked to show our beauty, we are strong. Powerful.
We are the future leaders, we only have to remember to hold onto our core.
Respect. Trust. Being a Lady.
That is all it takes.
Famous actress Valeria Bandino visits Lady Like School and holds a Master Class with the LLS students
It's one thing to seek out advice from a colleague in your field of interest on how to better your work. It's another when you also have the chance to interact with and learn valuable lessons in your craft from a seasoned veteran in the field who has achieved the highest of honors for their work. Valeria Bandino, star of such well known films as "Charlie Casanova" or "Don't mess with the mermaids" offered pointers to Lady Like School students during a master class.
Lady Like School's students had the opportunity to do just that recently, as the famous actress Valeria Bandino visited them on 27th of March. During the class, she sat in front of the audience, while answering their questions and relating her own acting and dancing experience. "My parents brought me to the dance school. Again, I was very very shy. I remember I saw the most senior dancers, they were just so beautiful! And I thought: "You know what? I want to become like them! I'd better study more and more.". And, at the dance class, I was practicing more and more, until the point when, in 1996, I won a dance competition", Valeria started her story.
Also, she talked to the students about the importance of being confident: "I also studied, I graduated Psychology. So, remember, studies are very important, personality is very important, it is very important to always have faith in yourself. You are unique, you are amazing as you are. So find the power into you!", the actress said.
A storied career
Born in Cagliari (Italy), Valeria started her artistic formation at the age of 5 as a ballet dancer. In 1996 she won a national dance competition for new talents.At the age of 18, Valeria was noticed by an agent in Italy and began working as a photo-model and presenter for international shows live on SKY TV and other important TV stations.She studied acting at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin and at the TVI Actors Studios in Los Angeles. Currently based in Dublin, Valeria is a Method actress and she is involved in charity programs with AVSI, promoting the distance support for children and the development of the poorest countries in the world.
Lady Like School is proud to announce that, just back from Dubai’s Film Festival Red Carpet, the famous Italian actress Valeria Bandino will be our special guest on 27th of March; Starting 6.30 PM she will try to answer to all the questions that you, our students or guests, have for her. Even if you want to find out more about the Film Industry, about the stars she was sitting next to in Dubai, at the ceremony, the celebrities she worked with or she met during her career, movies she was in or you need some tips about how to get into the acting world, Valeria Bandino will have an answer for you. If you want to take some photos with a big star, don’t forget your camera! This class is not only for Lady Like School’s students. Anybody interested to meet Valeria Bandino can join the drop-in class, to do so cantact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
On Monday, girls have been given a homework to discover more about Fashion Designers!
Girls from 10-13 years old who never heard before about designers like Iseey Miyake, Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs etc. Of course why would they if their mums are not shopaholics and brand obsessed ones! :) So they could not wait to find out more! So they happily took some homework to find out more about most popular nowadays designers!
Just to top it up with some excitement, girls got to watch few Fashion Shows from Victor & Ralph, Victoria Secret and Ralph Lauren! So the shouts we have heard : " I want to be a designer!" or " I want to be a Victoria Secret Model! "
Now absolutely fascinated by the fashion and style they left the class and already next day they brought material they found which was due in a month time!
Perfect age for discovering the current fashion and beauty and release their creativity!
Do you know who is this designed by?
Every Wednesday 7.30 pm!
Types of dance:
Musical Mash Up
To secure the place go here!
Etiquette finishing and modelling school
has successfully broken its grounds in Dublin
A new, but already
beloved and reputable etiquette finishing and modelling school has established
its grounds in Ireland for the first time. Lady Like School was originally
launched by two businesswomen, Julia Makarova, the original co-founder of the
school, and Anna Rubin, the financial advisor. They both believed that they can
make it real for the girls, aged 10 to 18 to become genuine aces in dancing,
acting, psychology and modelling.
The school has been open since
November 2011 and is based in Crown Plaza in Blanchardstown, a perfect location
for even those who travel from outside Dublin.
‘’We charge 125 Euros per
month, but we really suggest those who are interested to come and talk to us in
regards to our special offers,’’ said Julia. The classes are run on Mondays and
Wednesdays and can keep the girls busy during the unexciting evenings. Classes
are running from 6:30 to 8:30 and consist of three levels, Beginners (3 months),
Intermediate (3 months) and Advanced (3 months). At the end of the 9 month
course the girls will be granted with a Certificate and will be involved in a
fashion/dance show, where they will be able invite their friends and families
and show them all the things they have learned through the course. At the
fashion show Julia is planning to invite modelling agencies, so perhaps they may
be interested to pick up some girls and sign a modelling contract with them.
Within the four different modules the girls will learn how to become
real ladies. The classes are designed to be active and fun, where the students
will learn how to gain and build their confidence, to dance, to promote
themselves, defile, take care of themselves and get to know different
personalities and types of people.
Compared to the other schools such
as modelling schools, where the entering is fairly restricted, Lady Like School
welcomes all the girls who want to learn something more interesting and at the
same time have some fun with their friends or perhaps with their new friends.
In regards to the modules, one of the most beloved classes for the girls
The girls are taught how to dance in a freestyle manner. The
module’s content includes the history of freestyle, anatomy of the body, dance
craft/music theory and technical terms for steps in:
arms/steps/kicks/runs/jumps/leaps/turns/ isolations/floor and miscellaneous.
Nicole McDonald, the choreographer has over 15 years teaching experience
specialising in Jazz and Tap, and has worked extensively as a professional
dancer/teacher/choreographer both on stage and television.
exciting module is the Introduction to the Psychology. The students will develop
their appreciation of the subject by exploring the ways in which psychology is
conducted. The syllabus reflects the three core areas of psychology, namely
social, personality and individual differences and the psychology of emotion.
Hannah Cullen, the teacher who specialises in mental health holds a Masters
Degree in Psychology. At present and has worked with young children and
teenagers from a variety of ages.
Another popular module, which every
girl adores is the supermodel walk. The teacher, Louise Hannigan, who is a
trained actor for over 15 years and a model for the last 3 years, will ensure
that at the end of the semester the girls will gain and build on their
confidence to become models. The course looks at some beauty aspects like
skincare and health. The girls will learn what is expected of a model and how to
be prepared for a shoot. Those of them who are dreaming to become models will
also get some useful tips on the modelling agencies, and will get to know the
criteria they require in the different types of agencies.
And the last
but not the least module is acting. The classes are tailored to encourage and
develop valuable life lessons such as improved articulation, public speaking
skills and most importantly self-assurance. Lucy Browne, drama and acting
teacher, has been working as a professional actress and drama teacher in London
for the last 10 years. She completed a BA in Speech and Drama Studies at the
Dublin Institute of Technology, Conservatory of Music And Drama. She was awarded
a scholarship in June 2002 to go to Birmingham School of Acting, BSA, to
continue her studies, undertaking a MA Post Graduate Diploma in Professional
‘’I think the school is great and the kids seem to enjoy it, as
it is a good facility for them to have. From my point of view the school will
definitely be giving the girls confidence as I will teach them how to conduct
themselves in the interviews and some public speaking skills’’, said
In regards to the girls' attendance, the parents can rest in peace,
with the new electronic system that the school is planning to introduce in the
next couple of months. ‘’ We will be using a new system called ticketfriend.com
which will be confirming every class the girl had attended, and also will store
the payments data’’, said Julia.
The school has a complimentary promotion
for those who are interested in joining the group, but are not entire sure. With
one free trial class, a new student will feel welcome and will enjoy the
atmosphere as much as the rest are already enjoying. There are also special
discounts for the month of January, with only 5 Euros for a Catwalk class. Also
the course costs can be quite flexible with the opportunity to pay by
To find out more about the young girl’s opportunities and
about the great offers with the Lady Like School, please do not hesitate to log
and open the great potential within our friendly group.
We are already starting to prepare for the Fashion Show in March. Girls will be choosing the music themself, we are putting together the programm, so it is very creative timespend.
We are doing a dance show also! So we hope to get all the groups ready starting in January for the full busy and intense preperation! Join us ASAP and you will not regret! See you there!
A great article provided by Forbes and in CareerBuilder
biggest personal attributes that keep
people from getting a promotion:
Bad Breath: 34%
Visible Tattoo: 31%
Messy Hair: 29%
This is interesting, because nearly half of 26-40
year-olds and 36% of
18-25-year-olds have tattoos.
22% of 26-40-year-olds and 30% of 18-25
have at least one body piercing, according to the
Eventually, many people with tattoos spend big
money to go through a
painful procedure to remove
One person noted that these things probably won't
get you fired, but they
keep you from getting hired
At the same time, as etiquette trainers, we can
certainly let our students
know about proper hygiene
so that our students don't come to work or
with bad breath, messy hair, or wrinkled clothing!
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teenagers can be shy and awkward, so teach them the importance of a proper
greeting. For example, good manners call for looking someone in the eye and
saying hello when being introduced. Sometimes, a handshake is in order. Teach
your teenager to have a firm yet warm handshake and answer questions the person
he is meeting politely.
Teenage girls would much rather be models or actors than scientists or doctors, according to a new survey
Just 4% are interested in training as engineers, compared with 12% who said they
wanted to be a housewife. Only 14% are keen to be scientists, compared to almost
a third (32%) who want to be models.
Acting is the second most popular career choice (29%) according to the
survey, which questioned 506 girls aged 13 to 18.
The survey was carried out by New Outlooks in Science & Engineering (Noise),
backed by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The group aims
to attract more young people into science-based careers, and wants to see the
media that shape teenage mindsets show there is more to life than aspiring to
The survey also revealed that 35% of teenage girls are put off careers in
science and engineering simply because they don't know enough about them, and
one in four say these industries are not represented in the magazines and
websites they read.
The Noise campaigners, who are scientists and
engineers in the first few years of their careers, believe the findings show
that negative portrayal of their subject areas in the media is having a knock-on
effect in putting young people off pursuing careers in their disciplines.
One scheme that Noise is running to combat this allows girls interested in
maths, science or engineering to shadow a scientist at work. Young science
students also work as evangelists for their subjects on behalf of Noise.
Noise ambassador and environmental engineer, Alex McKie, says: "I love being
a scientist - it is as challenging as it is rewarding and we should be showing
girls what opportunities are out there for them."
"Girls today can be anything they want. They can pursue a career that has a
positive impact on the world in which they live, such as a climate scientist or
space mission engineer," she said.
Kathy Sykes, professor at Bristol University, is backing the campaign. She said: "Young girls want to hear about challenging careers available to them that can help them make a difference to society and the planet.
I'd love to see the media responding to the shortfall by showing more about what science and engineering, and women who have studied
them, can achieve."
Dr Alice Roberts, archaeologist on Channel 4's Time team, added: "I think that science is still sometimes seen as a dull subject
which only a small number of people fully understand.
"The reality is that scientists are brilliant, creative people, and what
could be more interesting than finding out about how the world works?"