Prep & Polish Workshop – School Based

Prep & Polish is a school based workshop aimed at refreshing the personal, professional and social rules for young people in the 21st Century. Whether they are applying for a job, moving in with room mates, or would like to improve their independence, there are certain skills that are required to help young people achieve in all areas of their adult lives.

Course content:

  • First impressions – how to make sure you're making a good one
  • Personal presentation and grooming
  • Body language and posture
  • Correct grammar – commonly misused words
  • Table and eating etiquette – join us for a sit down meal to practice your skills
  • Communication skills – conversation skills in person, over email, over the phone, on social media
  • Netiquette – be savvy and safe using social media and email
  • Interview skills
  • Streetsmarts
  • Social Networking

Prep & Polish explores these skills in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. The group setting allows young people to share the experience with peers who are seeking similar goals!

To cover all modules with due diligence and giving enough attention to all participants, the best way for this programme to run is a full school day workshop (approximately 5-6 hours) that includes the student’s lunch – this is when table manners are demonstrated.

 
Testimonials

“Prep and Polish proved to be a polished and structured programme, perfectly geared for the targeted audience. I believe the timing of the programme to Year 10 was hugely beneficial as students are embarking on the work force and becoming more involved as adults in society. All topics covered were extremely relevant, valuable and easily adapted to real life situations that our students will soon be facing. Your communication skills were highly effective, resulting in all students being thoroughly engaged not only with you but also the content. The students were in awe of your extensive general knowledge and entertaining anecdotes. ….you managed to equip our girls with many practical life lessons, appropriate for their age. Your delivery was outstanding resulting in a captivated and engrossed audience.”
Teacher

“Thank you so much for coming to teach us how to speak and eat properly. One thing I really found beneficial from your workshop was knowing what to wear and how to present yourself at an interview for a job. I found this really helpful as in the holidays I am going to apply for a part time job and now I feel prepared and confident that I am going to give a good impression.”
Lucille – 2018

Thank you for all your assistance today in helping us to improve our attitudes and manners. One aspect I really enjoyed was that your programme wasn’t boring and it was easy to interact and made our time interesting and comedic. Thanks again.
Ruby – 2018
 

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Please & Thank You Workshop

A program for building confidence, resilience and social skills in young people.
Please and Thank You is a programme for helping kids develop the essential skill set that they need to achieve in their lives.
As primary school includes the crucial developmental years that determine what kind of a person a child is going to be. The Please and Thank You workshop gives kids a better chance to be successful social contributing members of society, no matter what circumstances life may bring.

Course Overview:

  • Essential manners
  • Respect and kindness, social skills, teamwork, friendship building
  • Grammar, posture, hygiene
  • Netiquette
  • Responsibility
  • Independence

Adi has a current “Working With Children” clearance.

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Kracking Kulcha Workshop – Private

Kracking Kulcha is an extracurricular workshop which can be delivered at home or in the classroom and is aimed at refreshing the personal, professional and social rules for young people in the 21st Century. Whether they are applying for a job, moving in with roomates, or would like to improve their independence, there are certain skills that are required to help young people achieve in all areas of their adult lives.

Course content:

  • First impressions – how to make sure you're making a good one
  • Personal presentation and grooming
  • Body language and posture
  • Correct grammar – commonly misused words
  • Table and eating etiquette – join us for a sit down meal to practice your skills
  • Communication skills – conversation skills in person, over email, over the phone, on social media
  • Netiquette – be savvy and safe using social media and email
  • Interview skills
  • Streetsmarts
  • Social Networking

Kracking Kulcha explores these skills in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. The group setting allows young people to share the experience with peers who are seeking similar goals.

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Standout Showgirl Retreat

Workshop dates:
17-18 November 2018
26th-27th January 2019

The Standout Showgirl retreat is a fully inclusive weekend (accommodation and all meals) full of hints and tips for Showgirl entrants who would like to improve their performance in the Land Royal Easter Showgirl competition.


The retreat will take place at Adi’s beautiful home in Glen Innes, Northern NSW and will be broken up into two days comprising one day of theory and one of practical application.
Day One:

  • Grammar
  • Public Speaking
  • Interview Skills
  • How to hold an interesting and informed conversation
  • Table manners – how to use the correct cutlery and crockery
  • Deportment and Posture – how to walk and sit properly
  • Understanding the judging process, the judging criteria and how to perform for the judges

Day Two:

  • Stress Management – Thai Chi session
  • Nutrition – alfresco breakfast with education on balanced diets
  • Skincare presentation – what skincare routine suits my skin type?
  • Makeup demonstration – how to apply flawless, natural makeup
  • Fashion and body image presentation – how to look confident, polished and poised at all times
  • Personal presentation Q&A time with each of the ladies
  • Mentors to answer any questions from the participants

Although this day is particularly helpful for Showgirl entrants, participation in this Workshop is open to all young ladies. Perhaps you have a formal, debutante or interview coming up that you would like to prepare for or maybe you just want to improve your overall presence and meet other rural women in the area. The skills you learn in Polish Works workshops can be applied throughout the rest of your life, at a personal, social and professional level.
 
Testimonials
“Thanks so much for having me. Not only has this been incredibly informative but also an absolute blast.”
Kate 2018

“Thank you very much for hosting a wonderful weekend, and inviting us all into your home. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet the other showgirls and to learn new skills, and I am thankful that I was able to take part. Looking forward to seeing you at Zone in Armidale. Thank you again.”
Sophie – 2018

“I just thought I would send you a short note to thank you for an amazing weekend. I feel I gained a lot of confidence and life skills through the relaxed workshop you provided I will be strongly recommending your workshop to other ladies who undertake the showgirl journey. Your support and insight is invaluable. Many thanks and best wishes.”
Heather – 2018
 
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Guess Who's Coming To Dinner Workshop

THE CUSTOMER MAY NOT ALWAYS BE RIGHT
BUT
THEY ARE ALWAYS THE CUSTOMER!!!

This Polish Works workshop is designed to train hospitality staff the correct way to provide the best service to your customers. Adi has had many years experience in the hospitality field having helped run a family owned restaurant, and has found that the skills gained have seen her through many different occupations.
Course Overview:

  • Personal presentation including grammar, posture and personal hygiene
  • Hosting – general conversation with guests
  • Taking of orders – Timing
  • Setting, serving and clearing of table
  • Handling difficult guests and problems
  • Teamwork
  • Work Practices to improve efficiency and effectiveness
  • General workplace etiquette
  • Telephone etiquette

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Are You Being Served Workshop

This workshop is designed to help all customer service personnel shine in their position – no matter the industry. These courses can also be tailor made to address any industry and any difficulties you may be experiencing. They can be run in-house or at any location that is agreeable to you.
Content Overview:

  • Attitude and Respect – who is paying your wages?
  • Body Language
  • Dress Code
  • Posture
  • Grammar
  • Personal Life/Work life
  • Communication in the workplace
  • Telephone Skills
  • Dealing with difficult customers
  • Workplace relationships
  • Front Counter Etiquette

 
Testimonials
  “Polish Works conducted a staff training workshop for the retail staff of our store. The training included all aspects of customer service and staff relationships and was conducted in an extremely professional manner while still maintaining an element of humour. The staff found the presentation enjoyable and extremely beneficial and we have see flow on results in the way the staff deal both with customers and their peers, as a result of this. We would recommend the training offered by Polish Works to anyone wishing to provide training for their staff in this area.”
Hicks’ Mitre 10
 
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About Polish Works

Polish Works is a business owned and managed by Adi Ritchie

After many years owning and operating her own small businesses, a move to rural NSW was a chance for Adi to get involved in helping young people integrate easier from school to work. Out of this work was borne Polish Works, a business that has grown to offer a modern take on manners & etiquette for young people.

 


 

Why Choose Us

  • Industry Experience
  • Wonderful Testimonials
  • Workshop based training
  • Online training courses
  • Cutting edge presentations