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French woman launches etiquette classes

WHEN a man and a woman are about to board an elevator, who should go first? And when they exit?

If these and other mighty etiquette issues are keeping you up at night, French woman Anne Kiefer can put your concerns to rest.

Her monthly workshop, "The Etiquette by Anne de Paris," at the Pavillon Costes in Xintiandi targets Asian customers who want to put their best foot forward, on the elevatorand otherwise.

The workshop, which recently got underway, covers various aspects of etiquette summed up by Kiefer based on French traditions and international standards. Topics include international social codes, table manners, how to introduce people and how to behave properly in the street, at the office and in the car.

"The result of globalization means people from all over the world meet and mix permanently," says Kiefer, when asked why she launched the courses in China.

"The knowledge of other cultures and the ability to respect and adapted to others' customs and social rules help people succeed in both social life and business."

Kiefer has been working in the luxury service industry for more than 10 years. The French woman has worked in Japan as the communications director at one of the most prestigious private clubs in Osaka, where she has received many elite Japanese customers.

Back in France, she has worked for one of the most luxurious Parisian hotels as the contact person for Asian guests. While in her own traditional Parisian apartment, she teaches Japanese travelers and expatriates about French etiquette on a regular basis.

"I'd also love to invite my Shanghai customers to Paris to experiment with what they've learned, and organize luxury tours specially designed for them," she adds.

Back to the questions raised at the beginning of the article. The answer: the man should board the elevator first, and wait for the woman to leave the elevator first. The reasons? Kiefer will tell you.

To book lessons and inquire, contact 1352-2728-830.


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