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“You don’t know what you don’t know”

September 14, 2010

Eating is often a social occasion.

Manners are important in society. They help us to be civil to one another. A person who minds their manners knows how to act in every circumstance and tends to feel comfortable and more confident.  The thing is, people do not know what they do not know.

Nowhere are these skills more important than at the table. The protocol and etiquette of dining, particularly dining with a business companion is crucial.  The demonstration of your know how in this area communicate respect to the other diners, the host, the restaurant, your waiter, the chef, your company, yourself.

Our Workshop “The Art of Fine Dining” is one of our most popular and definitely one of our favorites.  Participating in one of our interactive workshops will make you a more confident and an even more charming dinner companion.   Let’s test your dining savvy and you can determine if you need a refresher.  Do you need your staff or members to benefit from not having to question or guess but to knowing the written and unwritten rules?

These are our most frequently asked questions.  Do you know the answers?   Take our quiz and send us your answers.

Our Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When at a business meal when should I start eating?
  2. I am not a religious person. What should I do if a meal begins with a prayer?
  3. Who should be served first?
  4. What is the correct percentage for a tip ?
  5. My client had finished eating but I was still eating, shouldn’t the waitress remove his plate?
  6. What should I do with my Napkin if I need to leave the table?

Everyone who responds with answers, right or wrong, will be entered to win a Protocol International gift. If any of the questions really stump you and you need a refresher, we will give you a discount on the “Art of Fine Dining” or “Finessing the Business Meal” workshop.  Be it for a group or one-on-one.  You must book by October 30th.

Never be fooled by the apparent congeniality of a business meal. Whether a prospective employer is taking you to lunch or you’re trying to win the big contract, your table manners have never been under greater scrutiny.

The fact is that table manners were designed to keep us from offending one another with unappetizing behavior. For example, you may think that it’s better to pick food out of your front teeth with that handy matchbook cover than to have spinach stuck between your choppers. But your potential employer may not want to shake your hand after it’s been digging in the recesses of your mouth.

The rules of table etiquette can be very involved but also can be very rewarding!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. titties permalink
    November 11, 2011 11:06 AM

    wow lots of people at this banqet

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