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Making an impact worldwide

Final Touch works with individuals and organizations across the country and around the world. Final Touch has partnered with companies such as:

  • The Boeing Company
  • Microsoft
  • Hilton Hotel
  • Nordstrom
  • PwC
  • TCS World Travel
  • United States Navy
  • Oman Oil, Muscat, Oman
  • University of Washington 
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Meeting Professional International
  • American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL)
  • Transfield Services
  • Mission Advancement
  • BB&T Wealth Management
  • D Magazine
  • Foundation Management Services
  • Cobb, Fendley & Associates, Inc.
  • The Noble Research Institute
  • John L. Scott
  • Meadowood Napa Valley
  • Wise County Clerks
  • General Plastics Manufacturing Company
  • Versacor Managed Pest Solutions
  • Koelsch Senior Communities
  • Mehrer Drywall, Inc.

Read what leaders have said about partnering with Final Touch.

Corporate Testimonials

“The impact of training can last a day, a week or perhaps a year or more. Deborah's training was different and focused on core human values that will last a lifetime. Our engagement with Deborah has left an indelible influence on our team. After our engagement, many have commented on how differently they now approach and engage in a social setting. Everyone feels more confident, more comfortable and above all, we sharpened our appreciation for civility and etiquette both in our personal and professional lives. I recommend Deborah's services without reservation and I'm grateful we were able to avail ourselves of her exquisite knowledge and professionalism.”

John Murray, President and CEO of Concept Laser, Inc.
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“Admittedly, I had high expectations of Deborah's consulting expertise based on her website and her publications. My expectations were exceeded within the first 15 minutes of Deborah's day-long seminar. I recently contacted Deborah and requested a custom-design seminar for corporate protocol specifically for our unique company culture. The participants were fixed on Deborah all day and wanted more when it was over! I recommend Deborah especially for senior leadership coaching, particularly if the company in question requires travel and networking events for their executives / staff. Your company's image will benefit greatly from the skills your employees obtain from Deborah King's Final Touch!”

Kathryn Strenger
“Deborah's session helped our team reset our thinking about how nonverbal communication (especially attire) sends powerful messages to our customers and prospects. It opened some healthy dialogue about how we want to brand ourselves and hold each other accountable to the standards we set as a company.”

Jennifer Lehman, President of Mission Advancement
“Thank you so much for providing this Leadership Development Workshop for our new Board of Directors. It was very helpful in getting our new team acclimated to one another and setting our perspective in the right direction. We truly appreciate your help in setting the foundation for our future growth.”

Elizabeth Wickman, Founder of The Lightening Alliance CDC
“Deborah recently taught a class on dining etiquette to our group of young professionals. She was a fantastic instructor - extremely knowledgeable about etiquette and civility, and also a very skilled presenter. She engaged with our group really well, and we all left with an improved understanding of the importance of etiquette and civility as we move forward in our careers. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for an educational (and entertaining) class - you will definitely get a lot out of it!”

Varun Bhatnagar, Associate at Strategy&, part of the PwC network
“Thank you, Deborah, for the wonderful presentation you did for our annual company meeting. Everyone has been talking about it and really appreciated the fact that we chose to have a speaker on a non-industry topic. It seemed to reflect the message that we really care about them as people, and not just as workers (which of course we do!). Your speaking style is very engaging (I guess you’ve done this before!) and your ability to hold an audience’s attention for 3 hours is impressive. I will definitely reach out to you for our meeting next year.”

Eric Eicher, Founder and Director of Versacor Enterprises, LLC.
“Deborah presented a half day seminar for our attorneys and paralegals titled "Polishing your Professionalism". Her presentation was inventive with great ideas and real life situations that everyone could use. She easily connected with our entire group due to her personality and detailed knowledge of the subject.”

Christina Sandman, Soha & Lang, P.S.
“Deborah King’s knowledge helps us all to remember that how we act and how we dress will leave a lasting impression with everyone we meet. Our firm has hired Deborah’s etiquette services more than once; bringing more benefits to each of us as an individual, yet more importantly bringing benefits which flow over into our business, to our staff and to our clients. Deborah’s compassion about her teaching is an inspiration and I wholly recommend Deborah’s consulting services.”

Bobbie Olsen, Yturri Rose LLP
“I contracted Deborah to instruct my employees in Professional Development. Deborah’s class was received very well by my employees and we all gained from her knowledge and expertise. Feedback from my employees was not only positive, but useful and appreciated. We all took valuable information from the class and have utilized it in our day to day business operations. The best part of the class for me as an employer was to note the improvement in our employees’ communication with each other and our customers. Communication is key to success.”

Deborah Mann, Owner and President of Mann Refrigeration

Women's Testimonials

“I would have never imagined that The Art of Confident Living would have resulted in such great and drastic changes in my life. This class gave me the confidence and the skill set I lacked to advance swiftly in my company and life. I have received several promotions increasing my salary, and I have received three major awards for performance. This is a direct result of competent soft skills - 100%! Soft skills set you apart. Thank you, Deborah, for changing the trajectory of my life!”

Jennifer Montgomery (Art of Confident Living)
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"You have profoundly and permanently changed every aspect of my life for the better, and I will forever be grateful for it. What you accomplish in the course of a week is truly miraculous!”

Jennifer (Deluxe Life Skills)

"Deborah, I really have to thank you for the confidence, and yes, the power that you gave me in that one day of listening to you. The most liberating thing for me was knowing what I didn't know. I always thought there was this BIG secret that I missed, and that everyone else knew and they secretly laughed at me because I didn't know. [M]y daughter really enjoyed herself also. All I have to say is that [it] is PRICELESS! I would have paid three times that amount for her to hear that information, and we both will see you again. Thanks so much."

Mechale McDonald (The Art of Confident Living)

"The women's overnight program was a real eye opener. The content Deborah delivered was so much more than thank you cards and dining skills—it was a soft skills boot camp for success. I will be attending another session!"

K. Airey (The Art of Confident Living)

"I truly wish I had had this available to me when I was younger. I am positive it would've made a world of difference in the decisions I made … all of the millions of events I've bowed out of and ways I've limited myself because I felt so truly inept and uncomfortable. I'm going with 'it's never too late to learn'.'"

Anna (The Art of Confident Living)

"Wow!!! Deborah is not just a teacher, she is a coach, a mother, and a genuine person. Due to these reasons, the training sessions felt like motivational, empowering sessions. I did not just learn about civility, social capital, first impressions, personal branding, table etiquette, communication skills and entertaining, my world view was transformed for the better. The course has totally changed the way I feel about myself and the way I present myself to the public, especially in a professional environment. In my everyday life, it has changed how I treat people, how I eat in public, and most of all how I dress to work and other events. For that I say thank you so much."

Christie E. (The Art of Confident Living)

"Deborah, I have to tell you that I FINALLY understand why the retreat [is] called the "Art of Confident Living." I learned so much and know that I didn't retain all that was covered, but my attitude has changed. I've become more confident. The shift in my attitude has helped me in every single social situation that I've been in since that weekend. I'm forever grateful for the things that you taught me. Thank you!"

Kendall (The Art of Confident Living)

"I truly enjoyed this past weekend. It was the best thing I could have done for myself and I feel so blessed to have been a part of such a wonderful class of ladies. You have such a wonderful gift in how you teach your classes. It is not "stuffy". There is warmth, humor, and it is genuine and real. I wish the class lasted longer! I look forward to Art of Confident Living II."

J.D. (The Art of Confident Living)

"I'm embarking on my new life of confidence! One would think at this stage of life that one would have it all 'together,' but I still felt a need for validation or correction. Your weekend provided that for me and I've been feeling the effects ever since. On several occasions I've had the opportunity to practice my new skills. Thank you so much for sharing your gifts."

Janet (The Art of Confident Living)

"I have gone from half-clueless, half-cultured to a full-blown young lady and have you to thank! Thank you for enthusiastically sharing all (or at least the essentials) of your etiquette knowledge. I feel more confident because I know I’m equipped with the tools to handle most any social situation."

Shyla (The Art of Confident Living)

"Words cannot describe the positive difference the Art of Confident Living Retreat has made in my quest for refinement and excellence. Thank you!"

E.S. (The Art of Confident Living)

"I really enjoyed your class, Deborah, and was fascinated by what you were teaching. I felt like it is things we all think we should know already, but you were showing why it is all so important. I cleaned out my closet and went through all of my clothes. I tried everything on and got rid of anything that did not fit with the personal brand I want others to know me by. I am really excited to get started on my personal development."

C.F. (The Art of Confident Living)

"Upon arriving home Monday, I found myself seeing the world very differently on campus, at home, and at work. I thought about times when I’ve worn clothing to “self-express” which did not fit the context of the occasion and left me unable to achieve the aim I wanted (such as time with a family member or an important interview or a networking opportunity). My clothing was indeed expressing something, but it wasn’t expressing me in a manner that promoted useful connections. I also have the opportunity to attend a career networking opportunity. Networking events can be daunting because of uncertainty and sometimes discomfort while interacting with others. The confidence I feel in myself after the weekend moves from fearing embarrassment to courageously defining 'how I want to be remembered.' In reviewing the event schedule, I noticed a few details. First, there will be time for networking and I thought, “Oh, I know how to do that because we practiced introductions and small talk.” Second, light refreshments will be served and since we practiced holding a small plate and drink in one hand, I can do that part with ease and grace. Third, at the very end of the schedule, I noticed that professional pictures will be taken and since we had gone over the different levels of clothing and proper business attire, not only can I dress for the photos, I can dress for the event. I am deeply thankful for the weekend and look forward to the doors that will open because of these skills. Thank you!"

Heidi E. (The Art of Confident Living)

Men's Testimonials

“I would like to thank you so much for the two days of training in business etiquette! You have answered so many questions in my mind that I had doubts for but could never find the right person or right moment to ask. The two days of training has given me a completely fresh pair of lenses in my interaction with people, not only at work, but also at home and other social settings. I’m sure it’ll change my life positively.”

G.L.
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"The Power of a Gentleman was a course that not only helped polish our employees but gave them confidence in appearance, dining, and communication. Our team came away with actionable items to apply in the workplace, as well as their personal lives."

Zack Cherry, President of Cherry Coatings
"Sales and management companies tend to invest many thousands of dollars on programs derived from a sales and marketing perspective in the ABC’s of sales or ‘Always Be Closing’. While that is important to that driven “A” personality type (myself included) – it does not take into consideration sales-peoples' abilities to actively LISTEN, or how civility, manners and personal interactions play into the overall sales success process. Final Touch School has developed a way to bring out the best in myself and others. Recognizing the capabilities I’ve always had, and helping me to develop them further, especially for sales and leadership coaching. Your perspectives of networking, civility, manners and customer interactions has contributed to my sales accomplishments and I believe is a significant reason why advancement has occurred in my industry."

Mac McGee, Regional Account Manager, Commercial Division - California at Bray Valves and Controls
“I've had a wonderful experience with Final Touch from the moment I first spoke to Deborah until today. The highlight was my all-day training, [which] included table manners, how to dress for different events and occasions, as well as proper speech etiquette. The biggest thing I've incorporated into my life is being more thoughtful about how I'm interacting with other people. Professionally I've found myself being less casual in speech and dress, which I think has increased people's respect for me. I would recommend Final Touch to everyone! It isn't about being snobby or overly stiff. Being a gentleman means knowing how to dress and behave in a way that gives you the best chance of treating yourself and others respectfully, knowing how to actually do good versus just talk about it. Good etiquette makes the world a better, kinder, more connected place, whereas lax speech, dress, and manners push people apart. I think it's time to return to the time-tested methods of etiquette that are best learned from experts like Deborah King and her team at Final Touch.”

Bryan Badzin
“The impact of training can last a day, a week or perhaps a year or more. Deborah's training was different and focused on core human values that will last a lifetime. Our engagement with Deborah has left an indelible influence on our team. After our engagement, many have commented on how differently they now approach and engage in a social setting. Everyone feels more confident, more comfortable and above all, we sharpened our appreciation for civility and etiquette both in our personal and professional lives. I recommend Deborah's services without reservation and I'm grateful we were able to avail ourselves of her exquisite knowledge and professionalism.”

John Murray, President and CEO of Concept Laser, Inc.

Youth Testimonials

“Confidence and an understanding of what you can be in life is what Final Touch accomplishes. At age 18 our precious daughter was ready to venture out into the professional world. She had been given many opportunities from an early age to experience a wide variety of "life". However, we noticed she needed some important person[a]l skills refined. Deborah King's knowledge of image and fine etiquette details gave [our daughter] the perfect abilities to step out and begin her new journey with ease and confidence. Mrs. King thank you for the boost you gave our daughter.”

Lynn and Debbie Bryant (Deluxe Life Skills)
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“You and your wisdom continue to bless our family. Just this past week we were trying to explain to our 7-year-old the apparent dichotomy of ‘do not worry about what other people think of you, be true to yourself’ and ‘having good manners, because of how other people will feel around you.’ Our daughter who attended Deluxe Life Skills, was able to explain it clearly, ‘Deborah King taught us….’ and then she explained about avoiding drawing attention to oneself (and why!) and various methods for including others, keeping your own integrity intact and so on. It was a very powerful thing. Her dad and I agree that the money we spent this past summer was one of the best investments ever made in her future as well as in our own family’s well-being.”

Dorothy (Deluxe Life Skills)
“I thoroughly enjoyed all the information I learned and I enjoyed meeting you and all the other amazing woman this past weekend. Now that I am back in Chicago I find myself non-stop talking about the program and using the information I learned in my day to day life and during my days as an intern. Without a doubt, attending your school was one of the best things to happen to me. It is extremely hard to put into words just how great you are and how informational the class was. Like I mentioned to you, I told my dad I did not want to ever leave. Regards and a BIG thank you!”

Corinne (Deluxe Life Skills)
“I am delighted to report what a positive difference Deluxe Life Skills has made in the life of my daughter, as well as, the impact on our family dynamics. You were truly able to touch the heart of my daughter and enabled her to see her challenges in a different light, resulting in greater confidence and a brighter outlook all together. For that, I am indebted and so grateful! [My daughter was] willing to engage in conversation and appeared certain she has something to contribute and a readiness to enjoy what others might share without losing herself. What a nugget of gold! Thank you for reaching our daughter in a way we have not been able to as her parents. Of course, mom, dad and siblings enjoyed learning some of the proper behaviors at the dinner table, too. Our family was definitely positively affected upon our daughter’s return and I am so very grateful for you and your program!”

Paula Ann Couch (Deluxe Life Skills)
“I told my daughter and her friend Olivia, they were going to a ‘Manners Camp’. Poor Olivia thought I said ‘Mariners Camp’ for baseball and was aghast when she realized what she was in for. When I picked the girls up three hours later I was amazed! They both were bubbling with information and excitement. We went to lunch and they showed me the correct way to hold their utensils, use their napkins and push in their chairs! I’m happy to say it wasn’t a flash in the pan, they continue to use what they learned. You must be the ‘Mary Poppins’ of manners to make two 9-year-old tomboys so excited!”

Gretchen Tuomi (Art of Etiquette)
“We ordered the Young Ladies and Gentlemen web course for iPad to use as part of our home school curriculum over the summer for our Kindergarten and Third Grade girls. The modules hold their attention and the quizzes help to reinforce what they learn. The homework is not at all intimidating for my 4 and 7-year-old. They are having so much fun learning and using good manners. I like that when they do something that is not proper etiquette, I ask them, “What would Mrs. King say about that?” and then they start having good manners again. I can’t thank you enough for this wonderful program.”

Andrea (Young Ladies and Gentlemen)

Speaking Engagement Testimonials

“Deborah King hits it out of the park, while speaking to business owners about civility in the workplace!  Her presentation truly resonated with our audience, by giving tools to make their workplace environment top notch!  She truly connects with people!!!”

Lori Walker, President of Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce
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“You have such a wonderful gift in how you teach your classes. It is not "stuffy". There is warmth, humor, and it is genuine and real. I wish the class lasted longer!”

J.D.
“Thank you, Deborah, for the wonderful presentation you did for our annual company meeting. Everyone has been talking about it and really appreciated the fact that we chose to have a speaker on a non-industry topic. It seemed to reflect the message that we really care about them as people, and not just as workers (which of course we do!). Your speaking style is very engaging (I guess you’ve done this before!) and your ability to hold an audience’s attention for 3 hours is impressive. I will definitely reach out to you for our meeting next year”

Eric Eicher, Founder and Director of Versacor Enterprises, LLC.
“Deborah, thank you for your presentation. It was an overwhelming success and in fact we would like to have you come back next year. We thought your presentation was informative, lively, relevant and presented with a high degree of professionalism. You were terrific. Students are talking about the value of the evening and the information shared. All of the questions from students is a good indication of how effective you are and how relevant the topic is.”

Naomi Sanchez, Assistant Dean, MBA Career Management at the University of Washington
“Deborah King does a spectacular job of transferring her passion for etiquette and instilling it into the hearts and minds of every audience she is able to work with. She is a dynamic speaker, trainer and is flexible enough to reach the diverse age range that she works with. There is such a tremendous need for etiquette training in our world of accepting "whatever" that the proper way to act in social situations is getting lost. Deborah's passion for 'the cause' helps to revitalize the desire to know the right thing to do.”

Linda S. Paulk, President of Snelling
“Admittedly, I had high expectations of Deborah's consulting expertise based on her website and her publications. My expectations were exceeded within the first 15 minutes of Deborah's day-long seminar. The participants were fixed on Deborah all day and wanted more when it was over!”

Kathryn Strenger

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