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Dining Etiquette: Don't Network With Your Mouth Full

Dining Etiquette: Don't Network With Your Mouth Full

By Adam C. Mayer | Monster Contributing Writer

October 22, 2009

Dining 101

Knowing the basics of table setup is essential and your key to comfort. You are free to drink from glasses on your right. Your bread plate is on the left. The old silverware maxim holds true: Start on the outside and work your way in.

When eating a roll or bread, make sure to break it into bite-size pieces. If your beverage is served in a stemmed glass, pick it up by the stem.

Once everyone’s meal is served, begin eating slowly and with care. Hold your silverware with consideration. Placing a used utensil on the table is considered unsanitary and poor manners. Situate soiled utensils on the side of your plate. Keep the elbows close to your body while cutting food.

Only reach for items that are in front of you. Politely ask others to pass items out of reasonable reach. When passing items, be sure to offer to your left. Keep in mind, however, if a passing pattern has already developed, go with the flow.

Eat your entire meal if possible. It may seem disrespectful if you leave a large amount of food behind, and this isn’t the time to request a doggy bag.

More Tips

  • Bring all foods to your mouth, not the other way around.

  • Never talk with your mouth full.

  • Under no circumstances should you smoke.

  • Be sparing in your alcohol consumption. This is not party time, its business. Keep a clear head.

  • Enjoy yourself.

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