Laura Akano

Modern Etiquette lessons for Adults and Children

"Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot"

Clarence Thomas

Private Online Training now Available

Private online training is now available for Children, Teenagers and adults. Topics will be selected in consultation with the client's preference.

  • Investment for a 45 minute Children's private tutorial is £60.00, additional sessions will be charged at £50.00
  • Investment for a one-hour private tuition for a teenager is £70.00, additional sessions will be charged at £60.00
  • Investment for a one-hour private tuition for an adult is £90.00, additional sessions will be charged at £80.00.

Please contact us for group prices.

Etiquette Experts

Polished Manners has a growing reputation of teaching manners and etiquette with a modern edge. Classes are delivered in a practical and interactive way with lots of role play and an emphasis on it’s relevance in society today.

Training to suit you

If you desire a high level of expertise in etiquette coaching and training, Polished Manners are proud to say we offer just that. All across the UK, we create teaching programmes to suit our clients' needs. Our curriculum has been written and compiled with guidance from several experienced global etiquette experts.

We provide both group and individual training; contact our team today.

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You might wonder why my picture is a Marks and Spencer shopping bag.  Well, a similar bag brought so much relief to a gentleman on a rather rainy, cold, windy and dark evening in London.⁣
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If you have ever lived in the United kingdom then you would know that our weather can sometimes give a masterclass in how to feel miserable.⁣
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I was on my way home from a tutorial, I had a few minutes left to board my train, then I walked past a gentleman with a wet and torn paper bag in his hand and his shopping items strewn on the ground, he was trying to gather the items together.⁣
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I remember feeling sorry for him and wondering how he was going to get the items home.  Then I remembered that I always have a spare reusable bag on me, for a split second I was undecided, do I go back and give him the bag? or do I carry on so I don't miss my train?⁣
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I knew his need far outweighed my need to get out of the miserable weather, so I walked back and offered him the bag.⁣
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The expression on his face is something I will always remember, he thanked me verbally as well, but his face and smile said alot more.⁣
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I walked away knowing I had helped someone in the smallest of ways and yes, that interaction lifted my spirit as well.⁣
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A few minutes later, I heard someone say "Lady, thank you so much, you're a life saver." It was the same man, he must have ran after me to catch up. ⁣
It touched me that such a simple gesture gave so much happiness by the appreciation he showed. Those are the little things that bring me so much joy. ⁣
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By the way, I am the lady that sometimes has the kitchen sink in her bag.  There is usually a spare shopping bag, a spare packet of tissues, safety pins and maybe even a needle and thread.⁣
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As luck would have it, my train was delayed for a few minutes.⁣
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What spare items do you always carry that might one day help someone out?⁣
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It is so easy to be #kind, it's not always about money or grand gestures.⁣
#kindnessquotes #kindnessmatters #kindnessisfree  #kindnessrocksofinstagram #socialetiquette #alwaysbekind #helpothers
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Respect - " Due regard for the feelings, wishes or rights of others."⁣
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#Respect also means showing deference, being polite, being thoughtful, being attentive, being considerate and showing courtesy.⁣
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As a new week begins, please don't forget the fundamentals of etiquette, it's all about #kindness. Rudeness and aggressive behaviour is never okay, especially at this time.
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Respect other people's personal space, keep your distance even when wearing a face covering, follow Government advice and guidance.
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Be patient with others you meet, try to find something that brings you joy each day, be kind to yourself and others.⁣ Smile, it's contagious and it can brighten someone's day.
Have a good week everyone.
#newweek #deference #newweekgoals
#respectforothers 
#respect🙏 #kindnessmatters #kindnessiscontagious
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Happy International Day of the Girl Child.
#girlchildempowerment #internationalgirlchildday #girlsmatter #girlsrock #equalityforgirls #polishedmannersuk
"My voice, our equal future" is the theme for this year's International Girl Child Day.⁣
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"We need to uphold the equal rights, voices and influence of girls in our families, communities and nations. Girls can be powerful agents of change and nothing should keep them from participating fully in all areas of life."⁣
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On this occasion of international girl child day, let us recognise the rights of girls and the problems they face around the world to give them a better life and a better future.⁣
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Happy girl child day, here's to a future without discrimination.
"I want every girl to know that her voice can change the world." 
Malala Yousefzai
#dayofgirl #dayofgirls #girlstakeover #girlhero #girlchild #girlchildday #girlchildempowerment 
#girlchildeducation #unitednations
Registration is now open for my online Modern #Manners for #Kids course taking place this #halfterm holiday.⁣
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Children aged 6 plus will learn in a fun and interactive way how to make introductions, use socially polite words and respectful language in conversation. They will learn how to have good posture and positive body language. They will learn about good table manners and modern social graces.
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This course will not only boost their confidence, they will gain skills that will enable them to navigate social situations with ease.
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Dates: Monday 26th - Thursday 29th October.⁣
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Time:4.00 - 4.45 p.m.⁣ U.K time.
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Investment: £80.00 per child, £68.00 if registered by 11th October.⁣
Review sheets and a certificate of attendance will be awarded to each student.
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Register now via link in bio or send an email to <a href=laura@polishedmanners.co.uk ⁣ +44 (0) 208 935 5953.⁣ #socialskillsforkids #parentsofinstagram #socialetiquette #socialskills #halftermactivities #childrensworkshops #etiquetteclasses">
Registration is now open for my #Confidence and #Manners for #Teens online course, taking place this half term holiday.⁣
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Etiquette and social skills training is an important addition to your teenager's skillset.  They will learn to present themselves with courtesy and confidence at school, college, work and in any formal or informal environment.
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They will also learn about online manners and how to leave a positive digital footprint, how to make a good first impression, personal presentation, posture and body language.  They will learn strategies for self-confidence, well-mannered communication and dining etiquette.
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Dates: Monday 26th - Thursday 29th October.⁣
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Time:5.30 - 6.30p.m.⁣
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Investment: £100.00 per child, £85.00 if registered by 11th October.⁣
Review sheets and a certificate of attendance will be awarded to each student. 
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Register now via link in bio or send an email to <a href=laura@polishedmanners.co.uk ⁣ +44 (0) 208 935 5953.⁣ #teenagers #teenagersrock #halftermactivities #teenagersofinstagram #mumsofgirls #mumsofteens #mumsofinstagram">
On this day thirty five years ago a young couple embarked on the journey of a lifetime together. I am grateful for our journey so far, looking forward to the rest of our journey.⁣ Our God has been faithful to us.
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"A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, patience, tolerance and tenacity. The order varies for any given year."⁣
Paul Sweeney⁣
#35yearstogether #weddinganniversary #celebration #october2020 #gratefulheart #polishedmannersuk
We have had a few days of almost non stop rain in England which can often make people miserable. 
Please remember to "count your rainbows, not your thunderstorms," sometimes that is all we need to lift our spirits and keep going.

Have a lovely and blessed week everyone.
Choose to be thankful.
Choose to be grateful.
Choose to be kind to yourself and others.
#sundaymornings #sunday #sundaymotivation #countyourblessings #motivationalsundays
Was it sexist to expect women to know how to embroider? ⁣
Is it even a skill required in modern times?⁣
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Enola Holmes, a #Netflix film set in 1884 shows how social etiquette and expectations of women were, in some ways, very different from today.⁣
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Enola quite often appears to break every etiquette rule and certainly doesn't behave like a lady.⁣
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This film caught my attention with all the etiquette issues raised and society's expectations. I couldn't help but write my first blog, hope you enjoy reading it.

Follow the link in my bio to read the article.
📸 Netflix 
#firstblogpost #firstblog #etiquetteblog #enolaholmes #netflixmovies 
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I feel the need to publicly acknowledge this kind and gracious lady who has been a blessing to me.  She really does practice what she teaches.⁣
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We have been following and supporting each other for a while on Instagram.  Recently, I was contacted by an agency looking for an etiquette coach for a family with young children.  After our discussion, I asked who had recommended me?  I was told Emma Dupont, I was very surprised and delighted. 
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Earlier this week, an email came through to me from a secondary school, followed by a phone call from the assistant headteacher, again, the referral was from guess who? Emma Dupont.⁣
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As already expressed to you, thank you so much Emma for believing in my ability even though we have never met.  I am truly honoured to call you my friend.⁣
#kindnessmatters #kindnessiscontagious
#kindnessisfree
#kindnessrocks #womensupportingwomen
Happy 60th independence anniversary to Nigeria and all it's citizens across the world.

Did you know that Nigeria is in West Africa?, a part of the African continent, it is the second largest continent. 
There are 36 states in Nigeria with over 300 tribes and over 500 languages are spoken.
The local currency is the Naira and Kobo.

English is Nigeria's official language, however, there are three main languages spoken locally, they are Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo.

📸 @dayfinders
#nigerianindependenceday
#nigerianindependence #nigerianindiaspora
#nigerian #westafrica #nigerianwomen #independenceday2020
#nigerianmen #polishedmannersuk
A #newmonth begins and so the opportunity to continue to write your story.  Do your best to make it a good one.⁣
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Whereever you go, do remember to leave a trail of kindness behind you, someone who really needs it may just pick it up.  Our world could do with alot more kindness.⁣
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Have a wonderful and prosperous month, stay safe my friends.
#october #october2020 #monthofoctober
#newmonthnewyou #newmonthquotes
It is important to be true to who you are as a person.  Don't comprise your values, morals and vision to please or impress others.  You are uniquely made, not a replica. 
So be yourself and keep doing your best, quite often, your best is good enough.
#mondaymorning
#mondaymood #mondaymotivation
#mondaythoughts
#mondayquotes
Life as we know it may have changed for now, don't let it change your ability to smile. 
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"Smiling is infectious, you catch it like the flu.  When someone smiled at me today, I started to smile too.
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I passed around the corner and someone saw my grin.  When he smiled I realised 
I'd passed it on to him.
I thought about that smile, then I realised it's worth.
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A single smile, just like mine could travel round the earth.
So, if you feel a smile begin, don't leave it undetected.  Let's start an epidemic quick and get the world infected."

Spike Milligan 
#smilemore #smile😊
#smilingfaces #smiling #smilingiscontagious #smilingisgoodforthesoul #smilingisthebestmedicine  #midweekslump #polishedmannersuk
Be unique with your style,  be true to yourself. 
Fashion trends are not for everyone. 
Be authentic, stand out from the crowd.
#fashionquotes #fashionblogger #fashionista #ladiesfashion #ladyboss #annawintour
This week you could be sitting or standing next to someone who is trying their best not to fall apart. 
Whatever you say, say it with kindness, whatever you do, do it with kindness in your heart.
#choosekindness #choosekindnessalways #begoodtoothers #sundaymornings #sundaymessage