Stockbroker Teaches Others Social Graces
BY SCOTT PASKE, Eagle correspondent
no age limit to the applications of social graces, a
fact enhanced by the classes Lynda Tyler offers at
From her Macaroni and Please class for children ages 3
to 7 to an Advanced Professional Development course for
adults, Tyler, a longtime stockbroker, has been
assisting people with etiquette fundamentals since
launching Impressions in 2007.
"It's kind of like looking at the world through a
photographer's eyes," said Tyler, who teaches in her
west Wichita home and wherever her services are
summoned. "If somebody uses the wrong fork at the dinner
table, we're not going to laugh at them.
"If somebody could do something a little better, we'll
point that out."
A graduate of the Patricia Stevens Finishing School and
Barbizon International School of Modeling, Tyler uses
her extensive pageant background to help girls and women
prepare for competitions. Interview, public speaking,
walking and standing skills are taught in classes, camps
and private lessons. Tyler contracts with local pageant
veterans to assist with instruction.
Impressions conducted a three-day pageant camp for seven
girls in June.
"We assess where a girl is right now," Tyler said. "Some
are newbies, some have been competing for a while. We
work a lot on the interview because that's where a lot
pageants are won and lost, plus it's a skill that can
serve them later in life.
"If they can't walk in heels, we're going to walk a lot.
We're trying to weaken their weaknesses and make the
Impressions also offers courses that deal with faux pas
in the business world. Personal grooming, poise and
oratory skills are part of the focus.
"We teach a lot of interview skills, how to carry
yourself, how to walk into a formal dinner and not
embarrass yourself," Tyler said. "These are things that
can make you a far better employee or a far better
executive. We've all had employees who might be hard
workers, but you wouldn't want to take them to a
While a tough economy presents challenges for those who
offer self-improvement courses, Tyler is adjusting. She
is finalizing plans to offer fall courses for all ages
through the city of Wichita's Parks and Recreation
"At any age level, it's about teaching people
self-respect," Tyler said. "If you respect yourself,
you're going to have confidence to deal with others."
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