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Classes

SHANCES
BUSINESS READINESS & SOCIAL ETIQUETTE

THE MASTER CLASS 

Designed for companies and/or individuals who want an expansive view of business readiness and social etiquette in a fun, modern, and open environment.

I. Professional Communication

  • The dos and don'ts of virtual and in-person meetings​

  • Pre-meeting and event preparation

  • Social media; public image on and off-line

  • The fine art of conversation: prepping, pit and pivot 

  • The art of the handshake

  • Navigating multigenerational workplace communication

  • Top ten must-know international business tips; domestic and international

  • After meeting follow-up

II. Wardrobe​

  • Dress: white tie to business casual

  • International wardrobe protocol

  • Tattoos, piercings, and politics in the workplace

III. Dining

  • Place setting (28-pieces) and utensil use (fork and knife holds)

  • Wine, champagne, after-dinner drinks

  • Menu: food and courses

  • Navigate menus, dietary, religious, health restrictions 

  • After-dinner follow up

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BUSINESS 101

​​​​Designed for professionals who are new to the world of business; strengthening abilities to optimize career development. 

 SPECIALTY CLASSES  

​​​Private specialty classes are available. You design your own session based on your own/group's needs or areas of interest; e.g., champagne, red wine, tequila, etc.

WINE 101 and CHAMPAGNE  101

Learn and taste wine in a relaxed and fun environment.

  • Terroir and wine; soil and climate 

  • Harvesting, crushing, fermentation 

  • Barrels and cooperage

  • Aging and storage

  • Aroma, color and taste

  • Reading wine labels​

  • Top ten wine words and their meaning

  • Simple food pairings​ and more!

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Specialty Classes
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SPIRITS 

An adventure of both taste and history rum, bourbon, scotch and whiskey.

  

  • How a spirit is made

  • Discernment; taste, flavor, color, fragrances

  • Service; glassware, over rocks, straight and mixers

  • Distilling facts and trivia

  • Spirits impact on commerce, politics and history

  • Culinary pairings

  • Interactive cocktail session 

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 THE ART OF THE MEAL 

The place settings and menus are the stars of this class.

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  • 28-piece place setting

  • Wine, champagne, after-dinner drinks

  • Menu: food and courses

  • Navigate menus, dietary, religious, health restrictions ​

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 CLASS​

  • The life of the composer/choreographer/ artist

  • Story review

  • The history behind the music

  • Performance etiquette

ATTEND

  • Gourmet dinner

  • A performance at Lincoln Center and other venues

  • After performance cocktail reception

EVENING OF OPERA, BALLET OR  JAZZ

 

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A LA CARTE CLASS CREATION 

Custom face-to-face or on-line classes crafted by you and the Shances team. Classes are based on your areas of interest and geographic location e.g. a day at the museum, horses and racing at Belmont/Del Mar/Pimlico, international travel tips and tricks, etc.

 

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THE ESSENTIALS

UNDERGRADUATE

Classes are designed to strengthen students abilities to optimize career opportunities, develop soft skills, and enhance basic knowledge about corporate culture.

Classes can be adapted to focus on topics specific to first-generation college students, those who desire to work in outward market-facing roles, or individuals from underrepresented communities.

  • Navigate business and etiquette protocol and the customary code of behavior among professionals that is essential to career advancement.

 

  • Develop communication (both verbal and non verbal) soft skills that maximize growth and strengthen the student’s abilities to optimize their career development.

  • Dining 101

 

  • Evaluate and leverage opportunities to positively impact employers and position students for success in any industry.

Graduation Ceremony

 UPCOMING 2023 - 2024​​​

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HIGH SCHOOL

  • Social media clean-up

  • Eight-piece place setting and menu

  • The art of making conversation

  • How to properly handle dietary, religious, health restrictions ​

  • Dressing properly for all occasion​s

EXPERIENTIAL CLASSES

  • Expose students to the outside world

  • Designed and tailored with each school's and student's interests in mind

College Friends

CHILDREN'S CLASSES

Designed for fun and learning

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  • Politeness

  • How to eat properly

  • Place settings and napkins

  • Please and thank you

  • How to say no

  • Trying new things

  • Eating out and eating at home

  • Sit, stand, and shake hands

Whether eating at home, a restaurant, or at a friend's house, your child can be confident, well behaved, and happy in any environment. ​

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AT YOUR SERVICE

AT YOUR SERVICE is an interactive, fun, informative course designed for food service industry workers.  


Food servers are ambassadors who generate a positive front-of-the-house atmosphere, create a road to return patronage for the restaurant in which they work and increased income for themselves. AT YOUR SERVICE provides each server with an overarching knowledge of service, place settings, menu,  alcohol, quality dining concepts, tools and solutions to solve common service challenges -- and much more.

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