The Rambler: Tends to monopolize the conversation or talk about himself. A chronic nonlistner. A. Introduce him to someone else. B. Excuse yourself-”I need to go to restroom”. C. Get another person involved D. Use I.S.A.C.-Interrupt, summarize, ask, conclude. Participate in the conversation and when you feel the time is right, you can diplomatically close the conversation.
49% of CFOs said their most successful business meetings, outside the office, were conducted at a restaurant.
There is no excuse for bad manners like- bread dunking, finger licking, teeth picking, etc.
“ Bad table manners signal insensitivity to others, an overly self-interested person, and an incomplete education.”
6.2.1 How to avoid 15 most common dining mistakes
Don’t butter a bread directly from the butter dish. Bread should never be dunked in your soup.
It is not necessary for a man to pull out a woman’s chair or stand when a woman approaches or leaves the table. Whoever reaches the door first should open it for the other person.
6.2.2 How to avoid 15 most common dining mistakes
If you drop a piece of silverware on floor, leave it and ask for another.
Pass the salt and pepper shakers together, even if someone asks you to pass one or the other.
Don’t pick your teeth at the table.
Don’t apply lipstick, or touch your hair at the table.
Don’t put your handbag, keys, notebook or cell phone on table. Set your cell phone on silent or vibrate mode.
Don’t thank the server each time you’re served.
6.2.3 How to avoid 15 most common dining mistakes
After using sugar packet, fold the paper and place it underneath plate or saucer
If you eat something you can’t swallow, remove it with your thumb and index finger and place it on the edge of your plate.
Don’t dip, take a bite and dip same thing again.
Don’t push your plate or stack you dishes after finishing.
6.2.4 How to avoid 15 most common dining mistakes
Wait until everyone at your table has been served.
Don’t tuck your napkin into your collar or use it as a handkerchief. Place it on your lap after the host does it. After meal place it neatly at the left of plate.
When passing food, offer some to your neighbor first before serving yourself, and then pass food counterclockwise.
6.3.1 First Course: An Introductory Meeting-strategies
Choose a known place convenient to guest and according to his food liking.
If you’re in an unfamiliar city find out the menu, etc. well ahead. Try to keep a database of restaurants.
Not necessary to go to expensive place if neither of you can enjoy.
6.3.2 First Course: An Introductory Meeting-strategies
Pay in advance-make certain check is not brought to table.
Request a table in a quiet location, away from restrooms, cash register, kitchen or entry. If you’re with one person, sit diagonally instead of across. With several guest give the most prominent guest seat to your right side.
Guest orders and is served first, while host orders and is served last.
6.3.3 First Course: An Introductory Meeting-strategies
If you’ve fixed budget say like-”The noodles here are very famous”.
Host should order same no. of courses as the guest.
Pace your speed according to other diners’ speed.
You should leave a small portion uneaten.
Eat first, talk business later. If unsure, follow his decision.
The essence of etiquette is courtesy and consideration, and the greatest courtesy we can give others is the warmth of our friendliness. As long as we’re considerate of others’ feelings, opinions, and values, we’re exercising the innate courtesy on which all good manners are based.
Most people are inherently good-we just don’t get credit for it.