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|When you wine and dine, do you act fine?
You are meeting a business contact for lunch for the first time. Your garments have been chosen with great care to create a professional image. You discretely check your reflection in the restaurant door as you enter, and take one last look at your shoes. You have prepared what you want to say, but have you given any thought to your dining etiquette?
There is something about the dining table that makes it a strategic trying ground for prospective employees or possible suppliers of goods and services. The white tablecloth and its accompanying tableware can be a bewildering battlefield if you are not equipped with an accurate map. Dining etiquette can provide you with the strategies required to turn the table in their favour.
Test your dining protocol by either answering "true" or "false" to the following questions:
1. At a formal dinner, once everyone has been seated, you may begin eating.
1. False. At a formal dinner when the host is served and picks up his/her fork to begin, you may take this as your cue to commence eating.
Catherine Bell is President of Prime Impressions, a Kingston-based image consulting company, seminar leader, and author of Managing Your Image Potential. Enquiries and comments can be directed to Catherine Bell at: tel: (613)634-1820, fax: (613) 634-1830, EMAIL www.prime-impressions.com