June Dally-Watkins, or Miss Dally, the world's Queen of Etiquette, recently met with a group of women in Guangzhou. The Australian native opened the Southern Hemisphere's first personal development school in Sydney in 1950 to train young women in etiquette and deportment.
Miss Dally (photo by New Express Daily)
She is nearing 90 and has visited China eight times in the past two years to offer etiquette lessons. "I have some knowledge of Confucius," she said. "I come to China not only to bring in my courses but also to learn the Chinese traditional culture."
When talking about the reason for learning etiquette, she related that love, care and confidence are the core of etiquette. A well-mannered person is more affable to the others. "I love to hear the sincere greeting rather than a stereotypical sentence 'How are you?'" she explained.
Discussing business occasions, Miss Dally rejected the idea that professional women are strong but not elegant. She suggested ladies keep an equal mind to other people and make themselves no different from men. She said, "The only difference is that you have the right to be elegant, dignified and graceful in the female role."