Renowned etiquette expert visits APSU to help students with professional decorum
CLARKSVILLE, TN – At the end of a meal, when the waiter brings that narrow, padded booklet with your bill, have you ever wondered how much to tip you should leave?
During a recent episode of Access Hollywood Livefamed lifestyle and etiquette expert Elaine Swann says 20% of the bill is a basic starting point.
“That’s where you kind of want to start,” she said. “A lot of times people ask me, ‘Can you not tip your waiter?’ And that’s a big no-no. Of course, here in the United States, that’s how they make their living, so you have to leave something out.
Swann is one of the nation’s leading experts on etiquette, and after founding the Swann School of Protocol, outlets such as The New York Times, Washington Post, Today Show, and CNN have sought his advice.
Last month, she visited Austin Peay State University to help prepare students for professional interactions during the university’s “Special Etiquette Night.”
“That evening, our students learned about networking and professional etiquette, and Elaine Swann taught them how to navigate meal etiquette,” said Diana Forte, APSU Executive and Organizations Coordinator. female students. “They received in-person instruction while enjoying platter-passed appetizers and a three-course meal.”
Local business owners and employers, staff, faculty and community leaders attended the free event as table hosts to support and network with students.
APSU’s Office of Student Life and Engagement and the Office of Career Services hosted the event.
The Swann School of Protocol is the premier black, female-owned etiquette licensing program, with more than 20 independently owned and operated Swann Schools across the United States.
Swann is also the author of “Let Crazy Be Crazy”, which provides etiquette strategies and techniques for communicating with others.