Saturday, November 5, 2016

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

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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 Business Dining Etiquette 101 University Etiquette

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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 Business Dining Etiquette 101 University Etiquette

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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.