Modern Dining Etiquette

Beyond the essential communications and etiquette training, we also provide more in-depth training on additional business communication topics. From selecting wine, and email etiquette to preparing university students for global careers, you’ll gain deeper insights to feel more comfortable engaging with professionals outside the boardroom.

“Food is part of culture. Worldwide, many business deals are sealed with meals, so know the difference between eating and dining.” –Sharon Schweitzer

Modern Dining Manners

Dining Etiquette:

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Do you find yourself intimidated by a private dinner at a client’s home with a four-course place setting or a wine list written in a different language? This seminar provides the tools that offer an advantage in crucial offsite meetings and will significantly improve and polish your dining skills. Gain practical knowledge and put into action skills including:

  • Extending the Invitation
  • Guest and Host Duties
  • Navigating the Place Setting
  • Menu Pronunciations
  • American Style Dining
  • Continental Style Dining
  • Silverware Savvy
  • Napkin Awareness
  • Silent Service Codes & Nonverbal Cues
  • Removing Gristle or a Foreign Object
  • Toasting Etiquette: Making & Responding
  • Paying the Bill & Tipping

Dining & Wine Etiquette:

In the corporate world, introducing wine into a business or social meal adds another dimension. To help facilitate success in this area, we offer consultation including:

  • Toasting Etiquette
  • Wine Etiquette
  • Cocktail Hour Savvy
  • Understanding Stemware
  • Navigating the Complex Wine Setting
  • What to Do When Things Get Bubbly
“Sharon’s training was well done. The session was a refresher for a few and a new lesson for many of our associates. Sharon provides easy ways to remember business and dining etiquette, and her message resonated well with the associates. Sharon made it easy to ask questions. She is well spoken and flexible. I would definitely recommend Sharon to anyone considering a protocol or etiquette expert- she is delightful.”
James Rinn, CFO/COO, Maxwell Locke & Ritter LLP

University & Student Etiquette: Training Tomorrow’s Global Citizens

UT-TowerStudents learn economics, chemistry, psychology, or other core topics while they’re in college, but they must offer more than a degree, and learn fundamental business relationship, international communication and networking skills. Business relationships are developed and maintained in social situations including dinners, luncheons, and cocktail parties. We partner with university career services offices to provide numerous resources for students to give them a competitive advantage, including:

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by Antony Ng,
Austin, TX USA

University Dining Etiquette Tutorial:


Sharon Schweitzer Modern Dining Manners Photo

  • Receiving Potential Employer Invitations
  • Pre-event Preparation
  • Guest and Host Responsibilities
  • Arrival, Valet & Cloakroom
  • Seating
  • Ordering from the Menu
  • Menu Pronunciations
  • Napkin Awareness
  • Appropriate Dining Topics
  • Handling Accidents and Interruptions
  • Host’s Silent Signals
  • Navigating the Place Setting
“Sharon exceeded all of our expectations during the modern dining manners training, and gave our Forty Acres Scholars the tools that they need to feel comfortable in any professional setting. The audience felt comfortable asking whatever question came to mind, and they walked away with greater understanding and confidence.”
Whitney Johnson, Scholarship Coordinator, Texas Exes, Alumni Association of The University of Texas
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