- When you are at a restaurant and need to leave the table for a few minutes, you should place your napkin on your chair (not on the table). When you are leaving the restaurant, place your napkin on the table to the left of your plate.
- When talking with a business peer, a senior executive joins you from your firm; you should introduce the peer to the executive (“Mr. Sr. Executive, I would like to introduce, Mr. Jr. Executive”). Avoid saying, I want to introduce “you to”, because it changes the order of importance.
- When eating a slice of bread or roll, break the bread into small pieces and butter each piece before eating. Ever get confused about which bread plate is yours? Simply remember “solids to the left; liquids to the right”. So, your bread plate is the one on the left.
- At a formal dinner, you are asked to pass the bread. You should pass the bread to the right and take a roll when the basket comes back around to you.
- When you want to squeeze the juice from a lemon into your drink, you should use your spoon to shield others from being squirted.
Dining and Business Etiquette:Awkward introductions, weak handshakes, and inappropriate dining skills can affect your personal and business relationships. You will gain the knowledge to be poised and confident in dining and business situations. When all else is equal, good manners can prove to be your greatest strength. (1½ hours) $225. Group rates are available for 2 or more.
Kay Hunter is a personal image coach, corporate trainer and president of IMAGINE…The Possibilities in Tustin, CA (714) 665-8866. She has transformed hundreds of clients into more successful and confident professionals, and has spoken to thousands of audience participants on image and credibility.