“It is a commonplace saying that “the world is changing”. Indeed, it is changing very fast. In the past, before telephones and automobiles and computers, when the time was slow and gracious, and life was lived with elegance and style, the butler was the glue that held the world of the wealthy and powerful together. Today, the modern butler is still that glue, but there is a difference. Instead of horses and carriages, there are cars of increasing luxury and speed. Instead of handwritten letters, there is email, Facebook, and Twitter. Instead of squadrons of specialized servants to run a house, there are computer systems to coordinate the light, the heating, and the sound systems. Instead of a home being a retreat from the busy world, media hunger and invasive spying have made privacy, safety, and security increasingly problematic for the wealthy and powerful.
New materials, new designs, and new products have changed the way we care for the fabric of our lives in the twenty-first century. Brick and wood, plaster and stone have given way to concrete, exotic woods, and space-age plastics. Heightened awareness of our fragile planet and the environment have made us question how we look at our lives. The training at The International Butler Academy is actively engaged in the process of preparing butlers for these changing challenges of the modern world. We, the trainers at the Academy, work continuously to find the balance between the fine traditions of the past and the modern revolution of technical innovations. Equally important, the Academy ensures that its graduates have the right attitude to approach all the developing trends so that the modern butler can continue to balance her or his superb service with rapidly changing technologies. It is vital that the modern butler can consider carefully what to change and what to keep to adapt. At The International Butler Academy, technology and change are never held captive by tradition.
The training at The International Butler Academy is innovative in all areas. The teaching processes and topics are adjusted as demand and feedback from clients worldwide show what is necessary to be on the cutting edge of preparations. So, while professional email is a “given”, other media, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, are also important aspects of communication for the modern butler. Worldwide travel, computers, and high-speed internet make the world faster and “smaller”, but often less gracious. Houses are now run by computers instead of fleets of specialized servants. Security and safety are increasing issues for the wealthy and powerful. Media hunger makes privacy problematic. We continue to develop ways of raising both the awareness of these issues and their possible solutions in our curriculum. Graduates and the Academy continue to maintain professional mutual contact. Our staff is available for advice, suggestions, support, and friendship. We welcome suggestions from graduates “in the field” to help us maintain our first-class, cutting-edge curriculum as we prepare future butlers for the modern world.”