By Betsy Stein
Bernadette Alexander of Glen Burnie thought her 11-year-old granddaughter needed a little polishing in the ladylike department. She needed help with manners.
“She’s at an awkward stage. … She’s been raised with five boys, and she’s a bit of a Tomboy,” Alexander explains. “I’d been looking and looking for someone to help.”
And then she saw an advertisement for Diane Cookson’s new business “Manners for Life. Etiquette For Success.” and she set up an appointment right away.
A relatively new resident of Annapolis, Cookson launched her business locally earlier this fall. She is an experienced manners and etiquette coach who has had similar businesses in several other cities and also has a background in sales, marketing and public relations. She recently retired from Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake where she was director of development and marketing, and she is now putting all her efforts into her manners business.
“I am passionate about helping people understand how much better their lives can be with respect, consideration, confidence and good manners,” Cookson says.