Category Archives: Dining Etiquette

Should You Talk Politics at the Holiday Dinner?

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It goes without saying that this has been a difficult year with a contentious presidential primary. You probably thought that peace would be restored once the election process was final. Wrong. In many ways, it has only gotten worse.  Do you dare talk politics during this holiday season? Before the election, there were those who

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Eating Spaghetti – To Twirl or Not To Twirl

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To twirl or not to twirl is the question when eating spaghetti. The question is always the same, but the answers are all over the map. After much research, it appears that the response depends on whom you ask. The obvious source to go to would seem to be an Italian. However, Italians can't agree

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Thanksgiving Table Manners–Let’s Talk Turkey

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Let's talk about your Thanksgiving table manners--and not a minute too soon. After all the clock is ticking. You might expect that I am about to tell you which fork to use and how to remove that unwanted item from your mouth during the meal, but I'm not. I am going to go off the

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Left Handers Day

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Did you know that there is such a thing as "Left Handers Day?" This is an event, which recognizes the 10% of people in the world who are left-handed, and is celebrated across the globe on August 13th. Mark your calendars so you don't miss it. In my training sessions, particularly when I am speaking

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Holiday Etiquette – So Many Questions

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Are you confused about the do's and don'ts of business etiquette during the holidays? Do you wonder about the rules for sending holiday greeting cards, how to handle yourself at the office party and what to do about gift-giving in the office? If so, this week's newsletter holds the answers to many of your questions.

Brush Up on Your Barbecue Etiquette

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Memorial Day is fast approaching and marks the beginning of the barbecue season. It's the time of the year when the grill is cleaned off, the required cooking tools are inventoried, the lawn furniture is washed down, and the sauces and rubs are added to the grocery list. It is also the time to revisit

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Five Foods to Avoid at a Business Meal

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Do you find yourself doing a lot of business over meals? If so, you are not alone. The business breakfast, lunch or dinner is a common occurrence today. The purpose of the business meal can vary from interviewing for a job to sealing the deal with a client. Often the reason for the occasion is

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College Students Eat Up Dining Etiquette

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One of the favorite aspects of my etiquette training business is presenting "Dining for Success" to college and university students. Since founding Manners That Sell nearly 15 years ago, I have worked with numerous colleges and universities teaching dining etiquette. This is a subject that used to be taught at the family dinner table.  However,

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