Sunday, October 7, 2018

Conversation and Prayer in Business Dining Professional College and University Business Dining Etiquette

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Conversation at a table is to begin immediately after people are seated. You can do a self-introduction by saying first to the person on your right and then to your left, "I am ...," followed by your first and last name. You can show your place card and say, "My name." A woman may reply to an introduction by saying "I am...," followed by her first and last name if she is single. If she is married or considerably older than you, she could say, "I am, So and So’s wife." Providing her husband’s first and last name.
At a family meal or an official meal, an invocation may interrupt a conversation. A host is responsible for the invocation. This duty can be delegated to and performed by any person in the assembly. When this person is you, know an invocation acceptable to your host’s culture. Say something "Impromptu" or a standard such as
1. “For what we are about to receive, Lord, make us truly grateful, Amen.” (All or Christian)
2. “God be at our table.” (All)
3. "O Lord, forgive us our sins and bless these gifts in
Jesus' name, Amen. (Christian) or
4. "Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts which we are about to receive from thy bounty through Christ our Lord, Amen." (Catholic)
An invocation may be any in which everyone feels comfortable in you saying. One is to be omitted at a business meeting and at a dinner party in a private home. It is the etiquette.
A personal prayer “Let the table conversation stay at the same decibel level as the invocation.” The difference in a cafeteria, café, and a formal dining room anywhere is the decibel level of the conversations in them. Speak with your inside soft voice. Nothing as sweet as being able to hear yourself as you eat.
An invocation may be any in which everyone feels comfortable in you saying.
An invocation can be said at a banquet. One is to be omitted at a business meeting and at a dinner party in a private home.
It is the etiquette.

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