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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To all my family, friends and Instagram family celebrating Thanksgiving, I hope you have a day filled with gratitude.  May this holiday season bring you good health, love and joy to your home throughout the year.

Thinking of all those who are missing loved ones for different reasons, praying for comfort and strength at  this time.
# thanksgiving2020 #Thanksgiving #thanksgivingdinner 
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Enhance your teenager's dining skills and table manners with our dining etiquette tutorial. ⁣
Registration is open for this fun and interactive class that will help prepare them for the holiday celebrations.⁣
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They will learn all essential aspects of dining with others so they are confident and know what to do.⁣
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This online Zoom class is for teenagers aged 13 plus. 
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Date: Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th December.⁣
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Time:5.30pm - 6.30pm.⁣ GMT.
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Investment: £60.00 per student, early booking rate £48.00 if booked by 5th December.⁣
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Register online at:⁣
https://www.polishedmanners.co.uk link in bio.⁣
⁣#parentsofteenagers #diningetiquette #tablemanners #parentsofinstagram #parentsofteens
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Good table manners are just as important as polite behaviour. Registration is open for this fun and interactive tutorial that will definitely help prepare children for the holiday celebrations.⁣
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This online Zoom class is for Children aged 6-11 years. ⁣
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Date: Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th December.⁣
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Time:4.00pm - 5.00pm GMT.⁣
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Investment:£60.00 per student, early booking rate £48.00 if booked by 5th December.⁣
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Register online at:
⁣https://www.polishedmanners.co.uk link in bio. 
#diningetiquette #tablemanners #etiquette forkids #etiquetteclasses #familydinner 
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Aren't Children great? Just the sweetest creatures all day long, extra cute around guests and never rude or messy or crazy...ha! What a strange world that would be!⁣
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Children can learn so much about good manners, etiquette and how to interact socially through games and role-play.⁣
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Read my new blog for my top five essential manners to teach Children from a young age. With the holiday season upon us, now is a good time to help them polish their social skills.⁣
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Please follow the link in my bio to read the article.
#childrensblogger #childrensblog #parentingtips #parentingtips101
#socialskillsforkids #etiquetteforkids
Gratitude "the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness."

As a new week begins, choose to wear your smile, choose to be kind in your interactions with others, be grateful for even the little things.  Cultivating an attitude of gratitude has social and personal benefits, including mental wellbeing, gratitude is learning to take nothing for granted.

Have a great week everyone, small grateful acts can uplift everyone and make a difference for others.
#gratefulheart #gratefulthankfulblessed
#gratefuleveryday
#actsofkindness
#positivemindset
Being a gracious person means being tactful and treating others with kindness and respect.  A gracious person never seeks to embarrass others or monopolise a conversation.
💛  A gracious person is slow to take credit and quick to lavish praise on others.  A gracious person pays attention and thanks others.
💛  A gracious person puts others first when it is reasonable to do so.  Being a gracious person might not always be easy, making a conscious effort will pay dividends as you positively affect those around you and others you come across.
#begraceful #begracious #decorum #socialetiquette #treatotherswithrespect  #treatotherswithkindness #civilitymatters #polishedmanners #polishedmannersuk
To all my friends and others celebrating, may the beauty of the Deepawali season fill your heart and homes with happiness. May the lights of Diwali make your life brighter and happier.  May the coming year bring you joy, good health and prosperity.
#indianfestivals #indianfestival
#indianfestivalseason
#deepawali
#deepawali2020
Rudeness-"The quality of being offensive or not polite." Being rude to others shows a lack of good manners.⁣
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It's so easy to be rude,  requires little effort and is often a sign of weakness and insecurity.⁣
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As a new week begins, it is important to be intentional about how we choose to interact with people around us.  Make a conscious decision to pick your battles, we only have so much emotional energy for each day. Don't be a willing participant in every argument you're invited to.⁣
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Sheryl Brady said, "The real mark of maturity is the ability to remain pleasant when others are not."
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Have a great week everyone.
#rudebehavior #rudeness #rudepeople #polite #politeness #pickyourbattleswisely #beintentionaleveryday
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May this new month be filled with hope, strength, courage, patience and confidence.  May you find an abundance of inner peace and self-love.

May everyday be filled with joy, love, energy, kindness, good health, fun and laughter. 
#november #newmonth #newmonthquotes #newmonthgoals #newchapter #polishedmannersuk
"True friends are like diamonds, bright, beautiful, valuable and always in style."⁣
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Wikipedia says that friendship is a relationship of mutual affection between people.⁣
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Some people will say it's more than that, true friends are rare, so if you are blessed with true friends, cherish them.⁣
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A true friend is always there to laugh and cry with you.  You support each other, make time for each other, you trust each other, you are honest with each other.  A true friend is kind, loyal and always willing to forgive.⁣
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What other qualities of a true friend would you add?⁣
#friendshipquotes
#friendshipgoals #friendships #friendsmatter #makingfriends #loyalfriendship #polishedmannersuk 
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Delighted to be joining @ananablessedgirl today for a Facebook live at 6.00pm EST and 10.00pm GMT for a discussion on being a mum, a business owner etc. 
Do join us if you can.
#realtalk #womeninlondon #realsolutions #businesswomen #womensupportingwomen #mumpreneurs
Tact is one of the topics I teach on our teenage courses through roleplay.
I believe it is an essential skill that can foster positive relationships for teenagers. 

It is important for teenagers to learn that they don't always have to say what is on their mind. Our words and behaviour can have an effect on other people negatively or positively.
Being tactful is an important life skill that will definitely foster good relationships.
#tactful #TEENAGERS #socialetiquette #socialskills #socialskillsforkids #socialskillstraining #parentingskills #parentsofinstagram
"Give yourself permission to unplug and regroup without feeling guilty. 
You can't be there for others if you don't take care of yourself first."

Whatever your  responsibilities, it is important to take care of yourself, let everything else politely wait it's turn. 
You cannot give to others what you don't have, I call it running on an empty tank.

Rest and self-care does not make you selfish, it says I love me, I matter.
Have a great week everyone.
#unplug #selfcaresunday #selfcaretips #selfcaresundays #selfcarequotes #selfcarefirst
"You never really know the true impact you have on those around you. ⁣
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You never know how much someone needed that smile you gave them. ⁣
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You never know how much your kindness turned someone's entire life around.⁣
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You never know how much someone needed that long hug or deep talk. ⁣
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So don't wait to be kind.⁣
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Don't wait for someone else to be kind first. ⁣
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Don't wait for better circumstances or for someone to change. ⁣
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Just be kind, because you never know how much someone needs it."⁣
Nikki Banas
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Everyday is a good day to be kind.
#bekindalways #KINDNESSMATTERS #kindnessquotes #kindnessiscontagious #kindnessisfree #healtheworld
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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