Seattle’s Sorrento Hotel Announces Quarterly Etiquette Series for the Young Professional

December 2012

Business Style: Etiquette Essentials led by etiquette expert Arden Clise launches Thursday, January 24

Seattle, Wash. (December 12, 2012) – Sorrento Hotel, Seattle’s most iconic boutique hotel located in the First Hill neighborhood, announces the launch of Business Style: Etiquette Essentials, a series of quarterly etiquette classes geared toward the young professional, on Thursday, January 24th. The series was created in partnership with business etiquette expert and coach, Arden Clise of Clise Etiquette.

As one of Seattle’s centers for arts and culture and on the heels of its other successful educational series Drinking Lessons and Night School, the Sorrento felt it was time to create an event which addressed the importance of proper etiquette in a fun, engaging and non-stuffy manner.

“In order to succeed in this very competitive business environment, it’s crucial that professionals have not only strong technical skills, but polished soft skills as well,” said Clise. “In fact, according to a Harvard University study, statistics show that 85% of your workplace success is due to your personal skills.”

Clise works with professionals and those beginning their careers to increase their soft skills through interactive, contemporary seminars. In her 90-minute, interactive and approachable Etiquette Essentials workshop at Sorrento Hotel, Clise will teach participants practical skills that will help them to present a more professional image and feel more at ease in any situation, whether at a networking event, a business lunch or in the boardroom.

Topics covered will include:

  • What your handshake says about you, and how to be sure it’s communicating confidence
  • Business card do’s and don’ts
  • Reception food and drink finesse
  • Introducing yourself and others with ease
  • Making an entrance and engaging the room at a networking event
  • How to gracefully end a conversation
  • Business meal essentials

Business Style: Etiquette Essentials launches on Thursday, January 24th at 3:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room at Sorrento Hotel. The cost is $49 per person, which includes the class and Hunt Club bites. The seminar will be followed by a networking mixer, offering a cash bar and Happy Hour pricing on Hunt Club menu items. Space is limited and advanced ticket purchase required and can be made online via Brown Paper Tickets at the following link: For additional information call 206.343.6156 or visit

About Arden Clise
Arden Clise, President of Clise Etiquette, is an expert in the field of business etiquette. As a business etiquette consultant, trainer and coach, Arden helps people be successful and comfortable in any business situation. Her business etiquette column is a regular feature in the Puget Sound Business Journal and she has been quoted in several international and national publications. Arden’s love for business etiquette began when she advised executives and board members in previous jobs on client etiquette, business attire and speaking protocol. Prior to founding Clise Etiquette, Arden worked for several Northwest organizations and has more than 25 years of business experience in marketing, management, event planning and public relations.

About Sorrento Hotel
The Sorrento Hotel has been a landmark hotel in Seattle since it was established in 1909. Its magnificent Italian mission-style architecture creates a classic setting for the hotel’s quiet hospitality. Preferred among business travelers, well-traveled vacationers and even Seattle neighbors, the Sorrento offers a high level of personal service only a boutique property can provide. It also strives to be a center for arts and culture, partnering with and supporting such institutions as the Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle Theater Group, Town Hall and via Night School, a collaboration between the hotel and Michael Hebb. The Malone Family has owned the Sorrento since 1983 and has since restored the hotel’s appearance, as well as its reputation for hospitality. The Sorrento Hotel has earned numerous awards, including being named one of Condé Nast Traveler‘s Top 25 hotels and “Most Romantic Hotel” by Seattle Times. Its Hunt Club restaurant was named by Seattle Metropolitan’s as one of “30 Must Do Dining Experiences.”

Media Contacts:
Kirsten Andresen
Regional Director of Public Relations
Sorrento Hotel
206-427-5482 direct

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