Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Rate Sheet Be at Ease School of Etiquette Professional and Graduate University Etiquette

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Individual Student Etiquette Lesson Packages
# of 40 Minute Lessons $ Per Person/ Investment
16  $ 450.00   
 8  $ 250.00      
 4  $ 150.00       
 4   $ 100.00  Min Two
 2  $ 200.00  + New Student Special
 2  $ 100.00      

Group Class Etiquette Lessons and Life Skills Packages
# of  40 Minute Lessons $ Per Person/ Investment
12  $  114       
 8   $   84                      
 4   $   44       
 2   $   32            
 2   $   16  Student rate     Room cap $ 1 K
 1   $   19             
Unlimited   $  129  or Free for 4 Weeks with New Student Special

Community Resident Individual Non Student University Etiquette Lesson Packages
# of 40 Minute Lessons $ Per Person/ Investment
16  $  950.00       
 8   $  400.00   
 4   $  250.00         
 4   $  200.00 Min Two
 2   $  400.00 + Community Resident New Student Special
 2   $  150.00 
45 Minute Shopping Tours    Unlimited Shopping Tours for 4 Weeks
$ 12 per person or couple      $ 45 per person
1 Free with New Student Special  
On going group classes $ 250.00 per semester per person

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Provide or Exchange Contact Information Professional and Graduate University Etiquette Business Dining 101

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Plan on how to provide or exchange contact information. Wait until it or a card is offered by the senior person. Always accept contact information; a way to say thanks.
In a cross cultural environment, have bi-lingual cards. Give these cards with two hands, host language side up.
You can use a wireless application to exchange contact information. Before you give contact information update your email address and website address. Ensure each is appropriate for the recipient.
You can decide to be prepared with more than having cards. You could send an email to your phone which has your contact information, and an attached updated profile, or bio-benefit resume ready to forward for the asking.
You could exchange contact information by having the person use your telephone to call their telephone, and then establish you as a contact. Next establish that person as a contact. 
You could get a number, call, and then establish that person as a contact.  Go to “Recents” and mark the event under “Notes” the same as you would mark the back of a card. This is the new old school.

Ask for a Food Item for Here Professional and Graduate University Etiquette Business Dining 101

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If you get something to eat, in a star coffee shop, ask for a food item "for here." You will get your item and a ceramic plate. The view you provide for someone else is worth the tax- if any. Each plate may now justify you putting a tip in that jar in clear view. For this you could carry cash. At some places tips cannot be added to tabs.
Short of using a ceramic plate, in the Continental style, food has been seen eaten from atop a bag; it serving as a plate.
In the America style, food has been seen being eaten from inside a bag; it is a café habit without the same grace.




Station Four – The Line to the Table – Professional College & University Etiquette Business Dining 101

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The line to the bar may be omitted in favor of one leading directly to the line to the table. (This way please.)
The line to the table is used to pair people with their dinner partners. Just before dinner this line is to be formed, you can begin or join a line to the bathroom. This can allow you to enforce the rule: "Go wash your hands and get ready to come to the table."
1. When you are hungry and know the necessity of passing the clean nail test, you may wash your nails with soap and cold water. Wet your hands. Turn the water off. Wash your hands by agitating one against the other. Rinse them. Clean under each fingernail from the tip to the under skin. You can use a fingernail of one hand to clean behind the fingernails on the other. You may use a file in a finger-nail clipper, or one tip of a pair of tweezers. At home, this could be done using a nailbrush. Check the reflection of your nails in the mirror. Make corrections to your nails and put some lotion on your hands where you can. Your nails will look that much better at the table.
2. Before you go, check your face: nose, teeth, and mouth. Allow yourself time to get settled. Then assemble in the room used to form the line to the table. You can wait to do this until after you have read and returned that reusable menu.
Find your dinner partner, and say to this person, "Would you like to go in to dinner?" or "May I take you in to dinner?”

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Station Three The Line to the Bar Something to Drink University Etiquette Business Dining 101

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Normally station three, the line to the bar, leads to an area set in the corner of a room. It can be an area for secondary introductions.  At the bar, a host will most likely call on someone to prepare a pre-dinner drink for you. At a no-host event, you will order and get a pre-dinner drink for yourself after you have said, "Hello" and "How are you" to people near you.
Something to Drink
Someone will say, “What can I get you?”  It is the same as “What drink can you order,” that you can call by name?
A pre-dinner drink is called an aperitif: used to stimulate an appetite. It could be made available at a bar or at the table. Common choices are Campari, Champagne, Dubonnet, Lillet, Tequila, and Vermouth.
During mock-tail hour. You may have
Water Always (Sparkling-mineral) or (Tap – flat) w/ lime/lemon/juice or a twist (in a rock glass)
Soda w a twist   (Club soda with a lime in a rock glass)     
A Soft Drink Sometimes (Roy Rogers in a rock glass)
Fruit-juice (Cranberry with a twist (in a rock glass)
Alcohol Never  (Except for the 1 when you ought)
Shots (Rarely ever) (Never.)
You might have a mock-alcohol drink: a Non-alcoholic” or “Zero proof.”  one.  A“Virgin (something) drink” is just easier to say.
During cocktail hour when a drink ought to be alcoholic, get a   Gin and Tonic (or Gin and Soda) with a twist. Be aware of the sugar in the tonic water. You may get a Martini with an olive or twist, Gin: Tanqueray Ten, or Vodka: Belvedere, or stay the course, and get yourself a soda with a lime twist (in a rock glass.) Squeeze the lime and put it in the glass.



Water at Table II Professional College & University Etiquette Business Dining 101

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When a guest is to be at table a water glass is to be set at each setting. When under a roof “Water for here” is to be served in a glass. The water glass is to be set to the right of the plate space above the tip of the knife. Yes, this is your glass.
In a private home, each water goblet is to be filled ¾ full prior to the time people come to the table.
In a commercial dining room, water is to be served, after people are seated, from the right. When a beverage is to be served in addition to water, a water glass can be used for it or a glass specifically named for the beverage to be served may be added to the right of it.
In informal service, it can be provided when requested and given in a ceramic glass or a cup. Avoid asking for and or using a lid or a straw. At some point, omit the Sippy cup and risk that the drink might not tip.
Before taking a drink of any beverage eating implements are to be placed in the rest position for the style in which you are eating. Pat or blot your mouth with the corner of your napkin and return it to your lap.
A water glass is to be picked up by the stem with the right hand, and with elbow down and in, taken to the mouth, and a sip (pour) of water is to be taken.
The rest and finished position for the glass is in the table setting position. At a table, avoid placing a napkin under a water glass.
In a private home, the water glass can be refilled at the table, by a server, or guests from a pitcher on the table, or the hostess can offer it from a pitcher on a sideboard.
In a commercial dining room, the water glass can be refilled by a server without being lifted from the table.


Practice Writing Mock Thank You Notes Professional and Graduate University Etiquette Business Dining 101

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Practice writing mock thank you notes. You can send a copy to yourself.   Each note can contain a phrase about what was said at or what was enjoyed most about the event. You may say, "Thank you for the invitation to such a splendid event," or "Thank you for the such and such entertainment." You could say, "Many thanks for the excellent lunch yesterday. It was great catching up with you." Your card could include a phrase such as, "We will have to do it again real soon," or "I know that it will not be long before we have do “so and so” again. I'll call you in a few weeks to set a place and time." In etiquette, two sentences can be a note. The host and/or hostess will know that you know that the next time it is your time to pay for the event and/or the entertainment. The line to reciprocity is to ultimately lead to the meeting line located wherever you choose to hold your own activity. Your thank you might be said by a telephone call the next day or very soon after the event, but to whom can the receiver show your thank you call? Avoid using e-mail for a thank you note, a love note, or to extend an expression of sympathy, when you can. When you do, you may send a follow-up note: the same note written by hand. Now home with you to write your Thank you notes, or at least the drafts; save a copy; do your business card reviews, and make notes in your log or journal, so that you have something to review prior to seeing the same people again.

Practice writing thank you cards. How else can you cultivate that wonderful memory and pretend that you are not keeping track?  For a thank you note from you someone may wait for up to a year.   



Business Etiquette Dinner Tonight Guide Professional and Graduate University Etiquette Business Dining 101

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This guide provides an excellent opportunity to learn (or brush up on) college dining etiquette II: rules of etiquette for business dining. Contained within is information on Stations and Lines in Business Dining
Rules for Name Badge Placement
Notes on Handshaking
Something to Drink
Getting Business Cards
USA Menu Number of Courses
Setting a Table Advanced-Formal Place Setting
Eating Continental Style
How to Eat Chicken with a Knife and Fork
Eating Salad with the Third Fork
Saying Thank You Part I Acknowledgement and Part II A Note by Hand, and there are other things to ponder.


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Name Table Glassware Professional & Graduate University Etiquette Business Dining 101

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Know the name of table glassware: left to right Water, Red wine, White wine, Sherry, and Champagne. (This fluted glass is to be set above the others.)  Each glass is to be placed according to the size of the plate and order of the course to be used with it. A glass for Sherry can be omitted. No more than four glasses of any kind are to be in any one place setting at any one time. When eating in company water is to be present as a sign of hospitality. Another glass may be set in place for what you serve as wine. There is to be a two glass minimum. Informally these glasses could be the same size. Glasses stay on the table until each guest has left the room.


Handling Your Glass University Etiquette Business Dining 101

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When standing, hold and rest a glass by the base or the stem on the left palm, held by the thumb base and the ring and pinky fingers.  When not drinking, keep your right hand warm, dry, and free. The first feel of your right hand is not to be a cold one.  When a sip is desired, lift the glass by the base or the stem with three fingers: thumb, and index and middle fingers, with the right hand.   It can be lifted by the bowl, when it contains brandy, just because. The drinking of a beverage is to be done with the right hand, not your full hand.   While taking a drink from a glass, the elbow is to be down by your side and moved forward, and from wrist to hand moved upward, and a pour of the beverage is to be taken into the mouth from the edge of the glass.  Do this silently.  Avoid top holding a glass.  Avoid the crane; drink without poking someone in the eye.   The cocktail straw provided with a drink is called a stirrer. It is to be used as such: only for stirring.  It is to be used, and then it is to be discarded. It can be removed and held under the glass.  It could be placed on a napkin on a bar. It is hard to “Mac” (look cool) sipping a drink from a stirrer. Above a certain level, you will be the only person in the room doing this. While drinking, you can avoid slurping or guzzling by closing your upper lip between any liquid and the edge of any glass, and then pouring the liquid into your mouth. You may avoid chewing a beverage by simply swallowing small amounts of it. Leave a little of each beverage in each glass. The number of pre-dinner drinks to have is two; one drink helps make for good conversation with you. More than two drinks makes for great conversation for someone else about you. All pre-dinner drinks can be “Virgin: non-alcoholic” Have one. The finished glass is to be rested on a bar, or tray, atop a cocktail napkin.