The Practical Certificate in International Social Protocol – Networking, Cocktail and Dining Etiquette: a professional workshop in social graces for students, graduates, individuals and families, from all-walks-of-life, who would like to reinforce/enhance their social skills.

Join Margaret Dickenson as she presents NPSIA-PT&D’s Practical Certificate in International Social Protocol – Networking, Cocktail and Dining Etiquette workshop.  This unique 1-day skills development program provides the basic rules of social protocol as well as instruction in appropriate networking, cocktail, dining and entertaining etiquette.

Registration: registration is now open.  Before proceeding please review our cancellation and withdrawal policies here.

Note. This workshop is being offered on a tentative basis to better determine interest.  If you would like to register in the Practical Certificate in International Social Protocol – Networking, Cocktail and Dining Etiquette workshop please email the Associate Director to have your name entered on a program wait-list.  Instructions to complete your registration will then be sent directly by email.  Please email

Date:  Tentatively scheduled for delivery on Tuesday, February 20, 2024.
Location: TBD
Time: 10:30 AM – 3 PM
Parking: available on campus
Fees:  Students & recent graduates: $125 + HST, Alumni: $275.00 + HST, General: $325.00 + HST

Are you a graduate of this workshop?  NPSIA-PT&D invites previous participants to refresh your skills and enroll at the student rate!

About the Practical International Social Protocol – Networking, Cocktail and Dining Etiquette

The workshop begins with a lecture that covers the essential rules of social etiquette.  We then move to a formal reception complete with served food and drink followed by a seated 3-course lunch. Participants then learn about the important roles of hosting and being entertained in cross-cultural and professional environments. In this lecture we highlight the differing roles of a host, the employee of a host and of a guest.  Finally, we conclude with a brief discussion on professional conduct and reputation / risk management.

Learning objectives in this course include:

  • appropriate ways to present oneself and others
  • how to access conversational groups of various sizes and cultures
  • business card presentation and etiquette in business and social environments
  • the basics of proper dining, cocktail and entertainment etiquette including the handling of food and drink
  • restaurant and formal dining etiquette – as a host and as a guest – includes learning seating plans and accepted styles of  using cutlery for all courses of meals
  • appropriate topics of conversation for effective communication in social / non-work environment
  • professional and ethical considerations in social / cross-cultural circumstances.

 Our featured instructor:  Margaret Dickenson

Margaret Dickenson is bestselling author of Margaret’s Table and From the Ambassador’s Table which have both won multiple international awards including Best Entertaining Cookbook in the World.

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