Australian journalist and businesswoman Ita Buttrose is a firm believer in good manners. Buttrose doesn’t see any reason why we should neglect them, with the pace of contemporary life being no excuse.
“Good manners mean being kind and thoughtful to others, making allowances for their shortcomings and being considerate about their feelings. If we fail to place importance on these attributes, then we are the losers and the quality of our way of life is diminished too," she says.
One of the most famous etiquette coaches in England, William Hanson, has also shared his journey to class and mastery with High Tea Society.
While Hanson loves imparting wisdom, it is his belief to never take himself – or his subject – too seriously.
“Etiquette is important and there is a huge need for it in modern life, but we can have a laugh as we learn," he says.
Learn more about high tea etiquette here.
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