The Art of the Business Meal

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Modern Dining Etiquette

The Sweet Taste of Success

According to independent research, 49% of CFO’s say their most successful business meetings outside the office are conducted in restaurants. Many business deals are sealed with business meals. For employers, an applicant’s table manners may “make or break” a hiring decision.

“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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Most executives haven’t had the luxury of a finishing school experience. This seminar provides the tools to increase confidence at a crucial lunch or dinner meeting. The tutorial is guaranteed to improve and polish dining skills and may include a four-course or customized luncheon or dinner. Participants will engage in the hands-on experience of:

  • Extending the Invitation
  • Guest and Host Duties
  • Navigating the Place Setting
  • Menu Pronunciations
  • Silverware Skills & Napkin Etiquette
  • Silent Service Codes & Nonverbal Cues
  • Handling Difficult Foods
  • Removing Unwanted Food Gracefully  
  • Do’s & Taboos
  • Paying the Bill & Tipping

Dining & Wine Etiquette:

In the corporate world, introducing wine into a business or social meal adds another dimension. This is why Access to Culture offers a comprehensive wine training session that covers:

  • Wine Etiquette
  • Toast Savvy
  • Cocktail Hour Customs
  • Understanding Stemware
  • Navigating the Complex Wine Setting
  • What to Do When Things Get Bubbly

Asian Style Dining

We also offer Asian style dining sessions customized to a region or country.

  • Host & Guest Duties
  • Using Chopsticks Properly
  • Clean Plate Cultures
  • Toasting
  • Do’s & Taboos
  • Reciprocity
“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.”
Maxwell Locke & Ritter LLP

University Student Training

Training Future Attorneys & Business Leaders

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Today’s graduates must offer more than a degree and have to be well prepared for a challenging business environment. Business relationships are developed and maintained in social situations including dinners, luncheons, fundraisers and cocktail parties.

Relationships often begin in the job interview, where a candidate has only a few seconds to make an excellent first impression. In order to have a competitive advantage in an interview or a first job, students need to be confident and prepared. A strong career services office can provide numerous resources for students, including the following training:

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by Antony Ng,
Austin, TX USA

Job Interview & Business Networking

  • Interview Preparation
  • Personal Appearance
  • First Impressions
  • Proper Business Introductions & Responses
  • Remembering Names & Name Tags
  • Proper Handshake & Eye Contact
  • Appropriate Body Language
  • Post-Interview Thank You

Business Networking

Relationship-building is an integral part of business success, and this training builds confidence, poise and finesse to business networking encounters by focusing on the following:

  • Preparing for the Event
  • Interacting with Alumni & Donors
  • How to Enter and Work a Room
  • Passed Hors d’oeuvres
  • Buffet & Beverage Etiquette
  • Juggling Beverage & Hors d’oeuvres
  • Acting as an Ambassador
  • Appropriate Body Language
  • Conversations: Opening & Closing
  • Appropriate Conversational Topics
  • Do’s & Taboos

Modern Dining Experience

  • Receiving Potential Employer Invitations
  • Pre-event Preparation
  • Guest and Host Responsibilities
  • Arrival, Valet & Cloakroom
  • Seating
  • Ordering from the Menu & Menu Pronunciations
  • Navigating the Napkin & Place Setting  
  • Appropriate Dining Topics
  • Handling Accidents & Interruptions
  • Host’s Silent Signals

International Protocol

  • First Impressions
  • International Rank and Status Awareness
  • Introductions of Professors and Strategic Dos & Don’ts for Students
  • How to Address Others in the Global Arena
  • Professional Handshakes
  • Global Communication Styles, Gestures & Eye Contact
  • Global Conversation Skills
  • Make an Effective Entrance & Mingle
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Global Gift Giving & Global Business Card Protocol  

University Modern Dining Etiquette Tutorial:

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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
  • Navigating the Napkin & Place Setting  
  • Appropriate Dining Topics
  • Handling Accidents & Interruptions
  • Host’s Silent Signals
“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.”
Alumni Association of The University of Texas
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