Civility, Integrity, and Professionalism

Strictly Manners

Mary John at Strictly Manners can customize a program to meet your needs and budget. From Fortune 500 Companies to the classroom, or even dinner with your family, she brings real world experience and formal training in being the best version of yourself. Contact Strictly Manners today.

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What Our Clients Have to Say:

"I had the pleasure of participating in one of Mary John's student-oriented worksops. As a faculty member who is very concerned with preparing our students for the business world, it was almost immediately clear that this workshop was going to be of tremendous value to all of our students. Mary John uses energy, enthusiasm, and audience interaction to make sure everyone in the room understands the proper professional etiquette for a given situation. From the perfect handshake to the right colored tie for an interview, she gives students actionable advice they can begin using immediately to make lasting impressions on potential employers."

Dr. James Schultz

Assistant Professor of Finance

Winthrop University

I am living proof that Mary John's approach to manners and civility can change your life. It has certainly changed mine! Because of the ideals and techniques that I have learned from Mary John, I landed my dream job! The knowledge that she bestows is not only extremely beneficial when interviewing for a job, but is also quintessential in helping to make the world a gentler, kinder place. I am also very blessed to not only call Mary John my best friend, but my aunt.

"I had the fortunate pleasure of participating in Mary John's 'Make Your First Impression Your Best Impression' program. Although I've attended etiquette sessions previously, this one, hands down is THE BEST! What I enjoyed about her presentation is the information of course, but also the application of information as well as the feedback. I highly recommend attending this session if you're interested in transitioning from the classroom to career!"

Ericka Spradley

Chief Executive Officer

My Next Level

Mary John transformed my life and is directly responsible for my career. She taught me to "make it wonderful" and "project to the balcony!"


While leading a workshop for teachers, a participant commented on my self confidence. I responded that everything I am was learned from Mary John.


Who can take an overweight boy from Nebraska and transform him into a leader? Mary John did just that.

Tom Rust

Director of Human Resources

Alameda Unified School District

Mary Catherine Boswell

Pastry Sales/Distributor Support - West Coast

PreGel America

When it comes to etiquette training for high school and college students, I've learned it takes the right combination of fun and value - Mary John always delivers!

Deanne Smith


Martha Guy Summer Institute

Mary John's passion for sharing relevant dining etiquette and interview techniques was contagious and captured our students' attention. She customized her presentation to fit our needs in a fun and informative manner. A wonderful experience for many students who have not had the opportunity to learn important tips for their career and personal lives. Mary John is a true professional, a delight to work with and we can't wait to have her back next year.

Debbie Furr

Employability Counselor

Wilkes Community College Career Services

About Strictly Manners

Many professionals and young people today are struggling in school and in the work force. Some are having trouble keeping a job or even finding one. At Strictly manners we truly feel that much of this is due to a lack of formal training.


Certainly young people today are bright, they constantly interact with new and developing technologies, they communicate with each other almost constantly, yet something is missing. The same can be said of many of todays professionals. It is not a lack of technical training, rather it stems from a lack of professional development. Most people today often lack exposure to concepts like formal manners, dining etiquette, and even basic interviewing skills. Please check out our programs page to see a list of the topics we cover.