Taking a new client out for lunch or attending a lunch interview: do you find that experience as uncomfortable, awkward, weird or plain unsettling? Or are you scared that food might get sutck in your teeth, that you spill on yourself, that you use the wrong utensils? Remember that knowing the correct dining etiquette rules and applying them in a way so that they become instinctive, will give you more confidence. You will be able to focus on the conversation rather than wondering whether you are about to commit a dining faux pas or not. For those who have never seen a formal full-course meal, the sight of a formal place setting can feel quite intimidating. All the silverware and stemware for each course being presented all at once! Knowing therefore when and how to use each piece is of paramount importance. Take this free online test on dining etiquette and find out how polished your table manners really are.
Remember that business lunches can help you to build your business, make you feel better and even increase your sales. But not just that, sharing a meal with someone can also change the relationship you have with that person. You might lose or gain respect for a person based on your dining experience. The way the person behaves in a restaurant, the information the person shares etc. can become very revealing. Robin Jay once wrote in her book (The Art of the Business Lunch) “Sharing a meal with someone is the fastest way to find out what kind of person he or she is – it strips away all veneers and reveals what’s underneath.” Fully agree!
Dining Etiquette: Free Online Test
Take this free online test on dining etiquette (the most exhaustive one you will find on the internet). These are some examples from this free online test:
- If you need to leave the table during your meal. What are you supposed to do?
- When is the right time to start eating?
- If you get food served that you don’t like. How should you react?
- What are the topics of conversation that you should avoid at a dining table?
- What is considered as a major buffet blunder?
- Is it appropriate to dip your bread in your soup?
- Is it okay to tip the sushi chef?
- How do you indicate that you save a place for someone?
- And many more international dining etiquette question
Here are some interesting facts and tips about “Office Dining & Drinking” and “Happy Hour Etiquette” that you should not miss to read. This infographic was kindly provided by Ghergich & Co. http://www.Ghergich.com and Quill http://www.quill.com
Infographic by Quill.com
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Author: Karin Schroeck-Singh
Karin Schroeck-Singh is a trilingual Career Optimizer at www.Careerheads.com. She has an MBA from the University of Leicester (UK) and gained 20 years of international work experience in various industries in Italy, the UK and India. Her passion lies in creating multilingual, high-quality content in career matters, giving highly engaging public speeches and helping job seekers to optimize their career by providing professional coaching. She is the author of several ebooks, among them “44 Tips for a successful Video Interview” (http://careerheads.com/product/ebook-44-tips-for-a-successful-video-interview/). She has written several career and business articles for international HR and Marketing companies. Her favourite motto is “Learn from anyone, anywhere, anytime!” Follow her on Twitter @CareerHeads.