Programs offered at l’Académie de l’étiquette

Marie-Catherine Bearden, founder of l’Académie de l’étiquette and expert etiquette trainer offers her expertise in a wide variety of etiquette and protocol classes for all ages and needs. Classes include good manners for all ages, business etiquette and attire, entertaining, first impressions and powerful presence, job interview training, college interview training, and so much more.

Luxury Sectors, Hotel and Resort Training

With our France-based partners, AE can offer a variety of training programs for the prestigious hospitality sector. Our past performance includes training the staff of luxury hotels and palaces in France, Monaco, Russia, and China. 

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University Students Power Etiquette

The first seven seconds of the job interview will create an often irreversible impression. Your early focus on developing the soft skills of professional behavior will serve you well in those first seven seconds, and far beyond.

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Veterans Transitioning Back to Civilian Life

The Académie de l’étiquette has specialized programs for veterans transitioning back into civilian life after years of service to their country.  In many ways, the re-entry into civilian life is every bit as challenging as the original transition into military life so long ago. Académie de l’étiquette strives to make that transition as seamless as possible and to equip our nation’s finest with all the tools they will need in their new civilian careers.

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Future Diplomats 6-12 yrs. old

This program is designed to guide our young future diplomats to develop confidence as they begin to build their life skills. Students will be appropriately grouped according to age. For example, 6-8 year olds, and 9-12 year olds.

Lessons will be directed and will include role-playing.  Parents will notice a difference from day one.


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Future Ambassadors 13-16 yrs. old

This 4-week program of 50-minute sessions is designed to help our teenagers to gain poise and confidence in a variety of social settings, from the basics of properly introducing themselves and others, to showing proper respect, and displaying with ease proper table manners.

This course is designed to work well with individuals or groups, and is designed for boys and girls. It can be taught in French and Spanish as well as English.

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Knowledge & Confidence for 17-18 yrs. old

This 8-hour curriculum, run in two sessions over two days, is not a course in manners. It is, rather, a confidence building program that will enable these young adults to navigate unfamiliar environments or uncomfortable situations by displaying proper etiquette responses in those social, academic or business settings.

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Simple Elegance – Home entertainment is back!

Home entertainment is back! A 4-hour course for individuals or groups, with a focus on making a lasting impression when you entertain, from a backyard barbecue to starched linen sit down dining.

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