We had the good fortune of connecting with Anita Heiskell and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Anita, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?

I have always been very cautious of doing the right thing even as a child. In a world where families and friends spend less face to face time and more time looking at their phones or computers, I feel that everyone needs to focus on exhibiting proper manners and charm. I was raised knowing that presentation was always very important. I was taught the proper way to sit, speak, dress and of course I was taught proper dining skills. My passion for etiquette, protocol and dressing for success started as a young child, and it has no bounds. I’ve always loved teaching the basic rules of etiquette. One day my company name came to me, Prim, Poised and Proper. That was the day my business was born, and I haven’t looked back. Starting my business didn’t really take much thought because, this is what I was born to do. This is my purpose and my passion. Etiquette is a social set of standards we use to communicate in social and business settings.

What should our readers know about your business?
My company is Prim, Poised and Proper, LLC and I am a Certified Social Graces Etiquette and Image Consultant. I work with children, teens and adults and I have a traveling classroom. Etiquette is NOT Extinct it has evolved. Times have changed but Social Graces and Etiquette stay the same. My classes and seminars are taught with enthusiasm and knowledge. In this business you have to stay visible and continue to work on your presentation. What I want the world to know is Prim, Poised and Proper=Positive Presentation. Prim, Poised and Proper teaches social graces, etiquette, image along with business etiquette. I am also available for speaking engagements.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love Dallas and Fort Worth as well. They both have plenty to offer on so many levels. I love the theater and in Fort Worth I would definitely head to the Jubilee Theater and The Modern Art Museum. The Fort Worth Botanical Gardens are so beautiful along with heading to The Stockyards. In Dallas I would head to the African American Museum, Perot Museum, Dallas Museum of Art and then head to TRUE Kitchen Kocktails and The Old Warsaw Restaurant.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Years ago is really when my journey started. There was a lady named Elsie Mae Boaz in Memphis, Tennessee. Mrs. Boaz owned a Barbizon School of Modeling and was a pageant coach when we met. I was the first African American to win the title of Miss Memphis and Mrs. Boaz took me under her wing and taught me everything to prepare me for competition. Mrs. Boaz taught me how to be a lady of charm, elegance and grace. When Mrs. Boaz and I met. I was so impressed with the way she carried herself that I emulated everything she did, because she made such a positive impression on me. I have always shared my knowledge with children, teens and adults and I’m a natural at this. My husband has been a tremendous support in helping me pursue my dream of starting my business and sharing my love and knowledge of etiquette with anyone who will listen.

Website: primpoisedandproper.com
Instagram: aheiskell16
Facebook: Prim, Poised and Proper

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