Why Final Touch

Deborah King, President of Final Touch

Watch Deborah speak on “Civility in the Workplace” (2 min).

From Good To Great

You spent years investing in your technical abilities. You are capable, hard-working, and positioned for success, but something is missing. How do you go from good to great? You need The Final Touch.

As a teenager, Deborah King believed that everyone knew a secret that she did not know: what to say, how to behave, and how to meaningfully connect with people. She discovered that “soft skills”—like any other skill—must be learned, and she passionately pursued an intricate understanding of this skill set. In 1989, Deborah launched Final Touch in Seattle, Washington, determined to provide more than a traditional finishing or charm school. For nearly three decades, Final Touch has been training dynamic individuals and corporations around the globe, and has become a trusted and sought-after resource on social behavior.

Why Final Touch is Different

We help leaders use behavioral science to increase their effectiveness and strengthen their relationships. Final Touch developed unique social behavior curriculum focused on authentic relationship building that culminates in a single question: How do you want to be remembered?™ Our curriculum goes far beyond the strict rules of etiquette and offers a fresh, science-based approach to contemporary social skills, communication, personal branding, and image management.

Etiquette is often perceived as hollow, pretentious, and outdated, and its rigid application can come across as disingenuous. Let’s be honest, no one enjoys the company of the etiquette police! While etiquette provides helpful guidelines for social behavior, you need social acumen to know how to apply these guidelines, when to break them, and what to do in uncharted territory; these answers are not found in a traditional etiquette book.

We teach how to evaluate each business and social circumstance based on a variety of cultural considerations, and how to respond with appropriate appearance, behavior, and communication. Unlike most etiquette trainers, we do not believe in rules-based training that ignores the heart of civility—the “why” behind the rules. Instead, we provide a social behavior framework that is based on kindness and respect for yourself and others.

What Final Touch Offers

Final Touch forms long-term partnerships—inside and outside the classroom—with individuals and organizations across the country and around the world. In collaboration with our clients, we skillfully craft customized programs and keynote speeches on topics such as:

  • Executive Presence
  • Strategic Networking
  • Personal Branding
  • Cultivating Social Capital
  • Image Management
  • Delivering World-Class Customer Service
  • Dining Etiquette
  • Bridging Generational Differences
  • The Power of Civility
  • Cross-Cultural Considerations
  • Creating Memorable Impressions
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Managing Difficult Situations
  • Effective Leadership
  • Professional Wardrobe Building
  • Corporate Culture
  • Verbal & Nonverbal Communication
  • Career Development
  • Electronic Etiquette

Our team has decades of experience working with nearly every type of client. Our diverse client base comes from all walks of life, including members of the C-Suite at Fortune 500 companies, recent college graduates, and anyone desiring to invest in themselves. The Final Touch team is warm, disarming, and uniquely equipped to connect with diverse audiences. We deliver engaging, practical, and fun training designed to captivate and encourage your audience.

Thank you for taking the time to read about Final Touch. Please let us know if you have any questions about who we are or what we offer. We look forward to partnering with you!

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