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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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Etiquette Tips for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day? Really? Yes, really. Just when you thought you were through with the holidays, the celebration of romance is staring you in the face. For some people, that's no big deal; for others, it’s huge. Of course, that all depends on where you are in a relationship. If there is someone special in your

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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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It’s A Business Meal, Not the Darlington 500

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When dining out on business, your table manners can make the difference between success and failure. Whether you are working on your next promotion or landing a new contract, knowing the etiquette of dining can affect your future. By paying attention to the details of eating and drinking, you send a message that you are savvy in

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Feasting Faux Pas

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The event that led me to write about the holiday meal was a Thanksgiving dinner that I attended with friends. I observed behavior that in some cases was appalling, in others it was simply thoughtless, and in a few it was just plain ignorant. My friends, by the way, had impeccable manners, but a number

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Business Dining Etiquette for the Holiday Season

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It's holiday season again and time for the parties to begin.  There will be the usual round of business/social events including cocktail receptions, luncheons and dinners.  Some will be stand up events; others will be seated.  Whatever the venue, one thing you can count on is that there will be food and drink involved. Now

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More Business Meal Tips

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When you are entertaining one client, sit next to each other at a right angle rather than across the table. When you entertain two clients put one across from you and the other to your side.  You don't want to look like a ping pong ball. At a breakfast meeting time is short so get

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