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Business Dining…. YIKES!

National Business Etiquette Week

Few things in life scare people more than public speaking or eating a meal in a professional setting! The “Corporate Dinner” or “Lunch Interview” frightens people.

Below are some guidelines to help make the meal go more smoothly and allow you to make a good impression:

Guide to Business Dining Tips…

  • Do not drink alcohol.  Even if the other person is drinking, you should abstain. Period.
  • Order a menu-item that is relatively easy to eat.  No messy finger-foods (aka BBQ RIBS) at the business meal.
  • Skip the spaghetti with red sauce if you are wearing a white shirt or blouse.
  • If the meal is a formal evening affair, know your eating utensils before you go.  Avoid the dinner table confusion of multiple forks and spoons.  Know what to expect ahead of time.
  • Mind your manners.  No talking with food in your mouth.  Take small bites so you can swallow quickly if you are asked an important question.
  • Have some professional questions in mind to keep the conversation flowing as well as some non-business conversational material to fill uncomfortable periods of silence.
  • Always be polite to the waiter.  Bad manners are never acceptable, but they are especially not acceptable in a professional setting.

Remember… careers can be built or destroyed on business etiquette, manners, and poise.   Make sure you have career-building moments!   For Executive Coaching please call us at 901-757-4434.

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Judy W Bell

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