Saturday, October 6, 2018

Table Talk in Business Dining Professional and Graduate University Etiquette Business Dining Etiquette

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Harold Almon Etiquette Coach
Be at Ease School of Etiquette Austin
A host is responsible for controlling conversation at the table: volume and tone. It is to be civil, tranquil, and social, even among families. 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. Speak with your inside soft voice.  Talk quietly to the people in the room. Nothing as sweet as being able to hear yourself eat.  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. Turn off your cellular telephone, or set it to vibrate. Practice golden silence: have nothing to say for thirty seconds at a time. Talk. Some food can be in your mouth just not seen. Make agreeable talk with your dinner partner(s). Your voice is to be modulated and well-paced. Conversation can be about school, majors, parents, children, vacations, trips, and people in the news and/or about current happenings.

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