Quick question: When you’re dining with your boss, client or colleagues, who should pay the bill? Throughout your career, you may attend many business meals. Some meals may be at casual sandwich shops, others may be at upscale restaurants. Whether the venue is humble or fancy, you should know the answer to this critical question: … Read More
When you’re dining with business colleagues, are you more focused on which fork to use than on the conversation? If you’re nodding your head in agreement, you aren’t alone. Many young professionals are not as confident about their table manners as they would like to be. Today’s dining is decidedly casual: lunch from a food … Read More
When eating soup from a cup, resting the spoon on the saucer instead of in the cup will help you to avoid knocking the handle and spilling the soup. Photo taken at Ashes Boutique and Tea Garden in Jacksonville, Florida.
When I was a young professional, there were a few business dining dilemmas that always caused me to anxiously shift in my chair as I wondered what to do. These were situations that I hadn’t thought through because the answers seemed obvious. Oh, how I agonized. If only I could tell my younger self to … Read More
Most Americans agree that our table manners are not what they used to be. We are simply out of practice – who has time for Sunday supper with the family anymore? And regularly eating meals standing at kitchen counters and in cars hasn’t helped matters. Ironically, as our dining skills continue to wane, business dining … Read More
When I was eleven years old, the flu collided with Christmas dinner and forever dampened my enthusiasm for holiday food. So, every year I sit back with a glass of wine and watch the mayhem unfold as my multigenerational and multicultural family of cooks and foodies barter and (mostly) good-naturedly bicker over which foods will … Read More
You’ve exchanged countless emails with your global business partner and you’ve followed her social media content. You feel like you know her – you can rattle off her work history for the past 5 years, her good reads, her favorite musical artists and where she vacationed last summer. So when it’s time for a face-to-face … Read More
“Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners.” Laurence Sterne As I sat down to write this business etiquette blog for The Estrin Report, I wondered, are good manners a requirement for business success? Not surprisingly, the answer is an unequivocal no. Anyone who has worked in corporate America can effortlessly … Read More