Lifestyle and Etiquette Expert Elaine Swann Lends Expertise to The Style Network

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Watch Elaine Swann take on bad manners, one person at a time on the premiere episode of “What I Hate About Me” Saturday January 2, 2010 at 9 p.m. on Style!

A respected authority on the etiquette trade, Elaine Swann will appear on The Style Network as an expert to resolve one woman’s practical, real life shortcoming on its newest makeover series, “What I Hate About Me,” airing on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at 9 p.m.

Appearing on the highly relatable program was a great experience for Elaine, she says, because it affirmed that etiquette is an area that people remain interested in. More often than not, when people mention the craft of etiquette, the first thing that comes to mind is table manners, but Elaine has set out to change this assumption.

“I feel like I’m kind of taking on bad manners one person at a time,” she says. “That is my goal. I have a vow. If I can help one person do something differently and utilize what I call my three core values -- respect, honesty and consideration -- then I think that will spread on, and we’ll end up living in a better world. They’ll pass that same behavior on, whether they’re passing it on to their children or their loved-ones, and will be able to spread what I call the ‘etiquette love.’”

On “What I Hate About Me,” women strive to correct the top 10 things they dislike most about themselves, with the help of a revolving team of specialists. Elaine, who is featured on the premiere episode, assists one confessor who despises her chronic neglect to send out “thank you” cards -- a fault that ultimately has hurt her relationship with her grandparents.

“I came in and gave her some guidelines so that when you say ‘thank you,’ you always do so in writing,” Elaine says. “A lot of times we have a tendency to not write ‘thank you’ cards because we look at it kind of from the perspective of an essay. We really feel that there has to be so much to it. It’s difficult to put their feelings and gratefulness on paper, so they have the tendency to set it on the side.”

Luckily for the makeover client, Elaine presented her with a simple, no-fail formula that will help her -- and others who grapple with this challenge -- get through the process.

“That is what makes your ‘thank you’ card heartfelt. At least the person knows that a) you got the gift and b) you’re being thoughtful,” she says. “That’s the easiest way to express your thanks and gratitude.”

Many people experience the same problem because mailing out such notes is viewed as a daunting task, Elaine says, but it’s really not that complicated.

“Part of it is getting there,” she says. “I think with our busy lives today, it seems like we can’t fit that into our schedule, so we put it off. After we put it off so many times, we think it’s too late to send it, and it doesn’t get sent at all.”

However, by following Elaine’s helpful tips, this weakness can become a thing of the past. Look for additional etiquette video vignettes featuring Elaine on The Style Network’s Web site, http://www.stylenetwork.com.

About Elaine Swann
With more than a decade of experience, Elaine has used her vast knowledge of the etiquette trade to educate others through her television appearances, her Web site, syndicated column and etiquette-inspired products. Elaine also has appeared on various radio programs, as well as on NBC, ABC, CBS, The CW, FOX News and Wealth TV. Publications such as Modern Bride Magazine, Essence Magazine, Exquisite Weddings Magazine and many more have called on Elaine’s expertise. From dishing out advice on anything from table manners to how to conduct oneself in a business setting, Elaine is the authority on etiquette and lifestyle practices. In addition to appearances, she operates her multifaceted company, Elaine Swann Enterprises (ESE), on a daily basis.

About Elaine Swann Enterprises (ESE)
ESE consists of five key segments that help facilitate the company’s mission of educating others through the instruction of etiquette and social propriety. The Etiquette Coaching series features in-depth lessons in the areas of Business, Self-Empowerment, Weddings, Lifestyle and Student/Youth. Through its Broadcasting sector, ESE creates in-house programming for television and the World Wide Web. The “Girls Have Style” book series and the “Ask Elaine” syndicated column are the focus of the business’ Publishing element. ESE’s Merchandising division creates, markets and sells etiquette-inspired products, including its high-quality stationery line. ESE offers free etiquette tips and hosts its online magazine, E Style, through its Internet component. Learn more about Elaine and ESE by visiting http://www.elaineswann.com.

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