Saturday Intensive Programs

For more in-depth training on our most popular topics, adults, 18 and older, can take an intensive course on select Saturdays. The course is open to local, out-of-state and international men and women.

There are two Intensive Programs. The Original Intensive covers business and networking, social graces, dining etiquette and style etiquette. The second, is The Duchess Effect, which includes British and American dining, social graces and style etiquette.

Both programs cover a wide range of etiquette categories including, but not limited to, dressing (from casual to black tie) and first impressions, formal dining, posture, deportment, business etiquette and networking. The Course is divided into modules and taught in interactive sessions by etiquette expert Myka Meier and several guest speakers. See below for a description of topics.

The Program includes a multi-course lunch and refreshments.

At this time we have not confirmed 2021 and 2022 dates for the Intensive Program. If you would like to be added to the wait list for the Intensive Finishing Program, or have any questions, please email

The Plaza Hotel is offering a discounted hotel rate to students of the Intensive Finishing Program over the weekend and three nights before and after at the world-famous hotel, allowing out-of-town students to arrive early or depart late from the program and enjoy their time in New York City. Once you’re registered you will receive the discount information. Staying at The Plaza is not required to participate in the program.


  • Modern etiquette introduction
  • Elegant meeting & greeting (From learning the perfect handshake to how to present your most polished self)
  • Graceful introductions (Who is introduced first? Men, women, seniors?)
  • How to gain confidence in any situation
  • Expert body language & eye contact tips
  • From business casual to black tie – what does it really mean?
  • Polished to perfection: Fashion, style & grooming (VIP Guest Speaker)

  • Posture: Sitting, standing, climbing and descending stairs
  • Getting in and out of cars
  • How to make a powerful entrance
  • Walking (in heels for ladies & poised walking for men)

  • Formal table manners (Western: American, Continental & British)Proper use of cutlery, glassware and napkin
  • Tricky foods (from spaghetti to boned fish)
  • Dining at a restaurant vs a private home
  • How to set a formal dining table
  • Coffee, tea, eating
  • Soup, bread, cheese and dessert etiquette
  • Finger foods: When is it okay not to use cutlery?
  • Conversation at the table
  • Most common dining faux-pas and how to prevent them
  • Excellent service / speaking with service staff
  • How to be the perfect host or guest
  • Tipping
  • Giving the perfect toast
  • Precedence: Who sits where at tables in business/socially?

  • Entertaining and hosting skills, in business and socially
  • Social networking – Steps to get the most out of networking
  • How to be the most charming person in the room
  • Cross cultural etiquette
  • Cocktail party etiquette

  • Body Language: Positive non-verbal communication, how to read it and how to achieve it
  • Email, phone and social media etiquette
  • Eye contact
  • Sophisticated verbiage

  • Modern relationship etiquette: dating/marriage
  • Social etiquette at bridal showers, weddings and beyond
  • Throwing and attending parties
  • Invitations and thank-you cards

  • Top business etiquette faux-pas an how to prevent them
  • Polished professional: How to revamp your image at work
  • Client entertaining
  • Meeting / conference call etiquette
  • Authority when speaking
  • Business conversation – topics to include and those to avoid
  • Corporate networking made easy
  • How to turn an introduction into a solid contact
  • Negotiation tactics you can use in every day life