Quick dinner etiquette:
Napkins in the lap once everyone is seated.
Don’t touch your silverware until everyone at your table is served.
Drinks on the right, bread on the left.
Consume small, bite-size pieces.
Be aware of your silverware’s resting and finished position.
Never, ever, push away your plate and stack your dishes.
Are the rules above ingrained in your mind and simply second nature? GOOD! Or, do you have no clue what proper etiquette is – and even less of a clue what a fork’s resting position is? PERFECT! Then this is the blog post you need to read!
For us Fisher Graduate students, the Etiquette Dinner this past Monday at The Blackwell was a great way to brush-up, and learn, proper etiquette and table manners.
Hosted by At Ease Inc., our dinner was was a 4-course meal with soup, salad, entree, dessert and the trickiest food of all…BREAD.
Our wonderful host taught us the true intention of business meals (to enjoy the company of those around you), and how to properly eat soup, bread, pasta, meat and more. I had a basic understanding of proper etiquette (thanks, mom!), but it was so great to have a refresher course.
These simply tips are great to know how to act when out to lunch/dinner/drinks with coworkers, leaders or clients. In a professional job setting, you are always being observed and slurping your soup is not the way to impress your boss!
For more tips and tricks of etiquette, please check out the book, One Minute Manners by Ann Marie Sabath, president of At Ease, Inc.
This website also gives a great demonstration for the proper “resting” and “finished” position of silverware.
One of my favorite things about the Fisher MBA Program is the HUGE variety of activities offered. If you would told me four months ago I would be having the time of my life in my program and learning how to eat temperamental pasta without embarrassing myself, I would have thought you were crazy! Fisher gives numerous opportunities to step away from classes and enjoy time with your fellow students, while still learning more about the business world. Where else can you get these fun experiences?
My favorite tip that I learned? When at a happy hour or networking event, keep your drink in your LEFT hand. This way when you are going to introduce yourself to someone, you are not awkwardly shifting your drink around and have a cold, wet hand
See you guys soon!
*images taken from google.com