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First impressions are formed in an instant but can impact a relationship forever. Are you setting yourself up for success? Learn to maneuver confidently through any tricky situation with guidance from our etiquette expert!

Katherine Mason Young brings a fun and exciting energy to the topic of etiquette, helping students navigate through real life situations with confidence and class. With her entertaining and interactive style, Katherine shows audiences of all backgrounds how understanding the rules of etiquette will allow anyone to create a lasting impression during crucial moments, and bring more courtesy into their everyday life.

Our Etiquette training event was better than we could have hoped for and the students have been talking non-stop about how great an opportunity it was. Katherine's energy and passion for the topic was certainly noticed and we really appreciate all that she did. We hope to work with her again in the future!

James M. Kumm, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs


“It is imperative that students know how to act in different social and business situations. They come from a variety of backgrounds and we do not want any of them to be at a disadvantage due to a lack of social education.”

Major Ed Preble, New Mexico Military Institute


Katherine provides business dining etiquette training for our Sophomore Professional Summit. Her session is by far the most popular with the students. She presents the material in an engaging and humorous way, easily catching and keeping the attention of our students. Every year the students learn something new. We value Katherine’s assistance in helping to create professionally polished students.

Sally Forester, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder




Etiquette Essentials

Many people are intimidated by the idea of etiquette. It seems like there are so many rules that inevitably you’re going to do something wrong. But etiquette is one of the most valuable, and visible, assets a person can have. Etiquette allows us to be comfortable, make others comfortable, and, most importantly, helps us navigate dating, interviews, and sticky situations with ease.

Katherine brings to light an otherwise boring topic in an engaging and interactive exploration of all things etiquette, from the importance of eye contact to where to put your napkin. In today’s competitive society, employers will purposefully take candidates to lunch to assess their social skills. You can tell a lot about someone by the way they handle themselves at the table. Katherine will give you the knowledge and confidence to relax and make the best of any opportunity.

One thing is certain, understanding etiquette and manners provides a significant advantage in the world – not to mention job interviews, professional events, and social situations. If you’ve ever wondered Which fork do I use? Should I shake or hug? or Is a Thank You note appropriate? – then Etiquette Essentials is here to help!

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • Practical etiquette knowledge that will allow them to feel comfortable and make others comfortable around them.
  • How to successfully interact in formal and informal dining situations like job interviews, family dinners, or first dates.
  • Tips on how to make a great first impression, including the importance of eye contact, body language, and a firm handshake.
  • Answers to questions where the appropriate action might not be clear, like when to send a thank you note, which utensil to use first, and whether to give a hug instead of a handshake.

Katherine's Bio

Katherine Mason Young has been speaking and instructing etiquette courses nationally with the JDW Social Education Programs since 1997. Her education in International Business from the University of Colorado, work as assistant to the Chief of Protocol for Governor Romer during the World Economic Summit of the Eight, and extensive international travel add a global perspective to her message.

Katherine has appeared on the CBS Sunday Morning, national television news broadcasts, and KNUS - Success Talk Radio program.

As Executive Director of ESP (Executive Social Presentation), her projects include corporate seminars for Denver International Airport, Marriott Hotels, the United Way, and others. Katherine has conducted training and education for many colleges and universities and was privileged to be a keynote speaker for the Kappa Delta Leadership Conference.

She does regular engagements for Rocky Mountain Jr. Achievement, Leaders Challenge, The National Charity League and several academic, volunteer, and debutante organizations nationwide.

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