Amanita Thomas is the founder of Raleigh’s House of Etiquette (RHOE) in Raleigh, North Carolina. RHOE is an etiquette and dining consultative business offering seminars, conference workshops, interactive classes and private instruction.
Thomas is a certified Etiquette Consultant who holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems with a minor in Psychology from Drexel University, and a Masters in Health Administration from Pfeiffer University.
Through RHOE, Thomas provides etiquette consultation to students, professionals and organizations who are seeking to learn how proper business etiquette can help them to succeed both personally and professionally. In a competitive job market, her training can provide you with the extra edge you need to stand out from other candidates.
Some of Thomas’ clients have included the Millionaires in Training Youth Entrepreneurial Program, Mary E. Phillips High School, and Mocha Moms of Raleigh. She has also provided etiquette advice to WRAL, a North Carolina television station serving Raleigh, Durham and Fayetteville via their website.
In this interview, Thomas shares how she made the switch from Information Systems professional to certified Etiquette Consultant. Thomas also shares valuable business etiquette tips.
From Technology to Etiquette
Thomas’ introduction to etiquette training came via a colleague. Recognizing Thomas’ natural gift for mentoring, encouraging and advising others; her colleague suggested that she consider a career as an Etiquette Consultant. Through additional research, Thomas realized etiquette consulting was indeed a good fit for her. She went on to enroll in the Etiquette and Leadership Institute in Athens, Georgia where she received her certification as an Etiquette Consultant.
A Typical Day
Thomas shares her thoughts on the most enjoyable and challenging aspects of etiquette training, etiquette behavioral trends, and her advice for anyone looking to pursue a career as an Etiquette Consultant.
The Career Lady®: What is the most enjoyable part of providing etiquette training?
Thomas: The look of discovery on the faces of men, women and children when I deliver a piece of information they may not have otherwise learned. And that piece of information can be as small as the origins of etiquette to the reasons why you want to incorporate these practices into your personal and professional life.
The Career Lady®: What do you find to be the most challenging part of etiquette training?
Thomas: Probably controlling the attendees. What may have been scheduled as a children’s event always draws adults. Also, for corporate events, there just is never enough time to answer all the questions and give reasons for the “whys” behind the answers.