Business meals can take many forms, from casual sandwich lunches around a conference table to more formal multi-course meals. What they all have in common is a measure of sociability over and above that of an office-bound appointment. But your own behavior at business meals is every bit as important as the fellowship they foster. Remember: These are the only times when your conversational abilities, your self-possession, and your table manners are on display all at once. Bear in mind, too, that your manners reflect on your company.
Making a good impression hardly means rehearsing your across-the-table banter or becoming a wine connoisseur. It does mean knowing how to use the cutlery, eat your food with civility, and convey the sense of being at ease with those around you.
Business meals are about building relationships and being confident in your manners means you can focus all your energy on the relationship.
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At Emily Post, we don’t teach rules or preach protocol. We guide you in making an amazing impression over and over again that helps build better, stronger relationships that win business.