Confidence at the Table is a two-part training seminar designed
to fine tune one’s professional and personal presence in business.
Confidence is sometimes innate, but more often it is the result of acquiring skills
and learning techniques that enhance and positively reinforce growth. So, pull up
a chair and learn to master the “Tables” with poise, purpose and power.
There is always room for one more confident person.
DEMONSTRATE A POWERFUL PRESENCE AT BOTH
THE CONFERENCE AND THE DINING TABLE
• Project confidence in a business environment
• Demonstrate increased ability to assess and interpret body language
• Master the art and science of networking
• Integrate subtle, non-verbal communication skills into professional and personal interactions
• Orchestrate a successful business meal
EARN (AND KEEP) YOUR SEAT AT THE CONFERENCE TABLE
The conference table is an actual physical structure, but it is also a platform that stands for power, prestige and accomplishment. Learn tactics to ensure that every time you take your seat, you bring your best to bear.
• Review best practices in business – from introductions to closing the deal
• Harness the proven power of body language: change your body language to change your outcome
• Strategically position yourself to gain acceptance and power
• Stay a step ahead: learn to read important non-verbal cues
• Kick up your confidence, kick up your success
NAVIGATE THE DINING TABLE
Dining is more than just eating: it is an experience that often reveals one’s confidence level, poise, and culture. It offers an opportunity to engage, to lead, and to excel, professionally and personally.
• Gain comfort with the business meal – from seating, to ordering, to paying the bill
• Project authority at the table
• Master the art of dining American Style
• Demonstrate honor and respect with Continental and Asian Styles of dining
• Understand one’s responsibilities as a host, guest, or honoree
• Know how and when to toast
• Avoid faux pas at the table
BREIF TEACHING VIGNETTES, SUPPORTED BY INTERACTIVE, EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
Suggested training time: 2 hours per session
JOIN US AT THE TABLE.
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"Valerie and Michele led an inspirational session with our summer interns on how to project confidence at work. Valerie laid the foundation for interacting and exuding confidence at the boardroom table, while Michele walked us through the etiquette at the dining table – spanning Asian to Western cuisine. Highly recommend this training to prepare individuals for success when it comes to navigating subtle cues and social situations in the business world." -Alicia Burke, Senior Vice President, Bank of America
VALERIE BIDEN OWENS
Valerie Biden Owens is one of the first women in the United States to have managed a modern U.S. Senatorial campaign, as well as a Presidential campaign. Mrs. Biden Owens has led every campaign in her brother Joe Biden’s political career, including his seven straight U.S. Senate victories and his run for two Democratic Presidential nominations. She has also consistently served as his principle surrogate on the campaign trail. In February 2016, Valerie was appointed Vice Chair of the Biden Foundation, and in March 2017, she also assumed the position of Vice Chair of the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware, whose mission is to influence, shape, and work to solve the most pressing domestic policy problems facing America. In March of 2018, Valerie was appointed to the MGM Public Policy Institute Advisory Board at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Over the past 20 years, both as Executive Vice President of Joe Slade White and Co and as a volunteer trainer for Women’s Campaign International, Valerie has dedicated herself to training men and women in politics, business professionals, and students in how to develop communication and political skills. Recently, Valerie co-founded and developed the Owens Patrick Leadership Seminars. These seminars draw on her expertise as a certified trainer in body language (non-verbal communication skills), her experience in strategic messaging, her extensive international travel to train women in emerging democracies, her time as a Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and her tenure as U.S. Senior Advisor to the United Nations 71st General Assembly. Confidence at the Table, which is among her most popular seminars, is led in partnership with co-founder Michele Pollard Patrick.
MICHELE POLLARD PATRICK
Michele Pollard Patrick is a certified Protocol Officer, professional image coach and business etiquette consultant who has led corporate client trainings since 1989. She is the founder of National Protocol, Ltd., a multilevel training organization based in Washington, D.C, and co-founder of the Owens Patrick Leadership Seminars, and co-author of Executive Etiquette Power. Michele coaches corporate and government executives on interpersonal skills that instill confidence and project professionalism. Her programs have been profiled on network and cable television shows as well as featured in national newspapers and magazines. She is a member of the National Speakers Association and has been named to the faculty of The Body Language Institute, where executives learn to use body language and business etiquette to enhance their careers. She is also a Master Instructor for the Protocol School of Washington and has served as Protocol consultant to several international conferences and events, such as the G7 and The Ryder Cup.