Category Archives: Dining Etiquette

11 RESTAURANT BEHAVIORS THAT CAN SPOIL A MEAL

Dining out? What restaurant behaviors make you cringe? 

social skills, dining etiquette, workplace civilityMore and more people are going out to eat. Restauranteurs and their staff couldn’t be happier. Since being quarantined for almost two years, many of us have become comfortable, perhaps too comfortable with...
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4 Common Dinner Guest Stances That Can Stir Up Conflict

Dinner guests can make or break a party. They can stir up conflict or compatibility.

When people attend a holiday gathering or dinner party they don’t expect to be exposed to negativity or uncivil discourse. They want to eat, laugh, and forget all...
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3 Tips to Keep Your Thanksgiving Gathering From Turning Into a Combat Zone

Is it possible to keep your guests from discussing politics? 

Whether you’re attending an in-person gathering or virtually, it takes only one comment about COVID restrictions or politics to turn a cordial gathering into a combat zone. If you’re a guest, you obviously can’t impose what is acceptable and what is not. But you can...
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How To Handle An Awkward Situation With Your CEO

Spending time with your CEO can be eye-opening.

Any amount of time you get with your CEO, is an incredible opportunity.  It's an opportunity to get noticed through your communication and social skills. Use this time with him/her wisely. And never squander away this opportunity as a gripe session.  Here is...
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How to Split the Check Without Ruining the Evening

The process of splitting the check can ruin the most pleasant dinner. 

Dining out with friends can quickly turn disagreeable, when the check is presented. And, depending on how everyone handles this all too frequent occurrence, relationships and stomachs can turn sour. Q: If I only order a salad and soft drink, why am I expected...
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Table Manners Tips for Grown-Ups

Table Manners Tips for Grown-Ups

How not to gross out or annoy your dining companions. Because so many people eat on-the-go or at different times, there aren't as many opportunities to learn or reasons to use table manners. And, if you are used to eating alone, it is easy to fall into habits...
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10 Social Skills for Dinner Guests

10 Social Skills for dinner guests. 

I understand that sometimes you accept certain dinner invitations out of obligation. Or, agree to go to please your love partner. No matter what the reason is, there is no excuse for being a boor. Even when the host is your good friend or family member, and even if they've...
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National Hot Dog Day Etiquette?

It's National Hot Dog Day!

Are there rules of etiquette on how to eat a hot dog? If I had my way, no! Well, not many.

Memory: Hot dogs were a common lunch treat in our household. My mom would chop up a couple of hot dogs, sizzle them, then add eggs; hot...
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National Hamburger Day

It is National Hamburger Day! 6 Tips on Handling the Hamburger.

If you're a vegetarian, then I guess you are not interested in a day celebrating beef! According to the "History" website, the hamburger is the world's most popular food; over 40 billion burgers served annually. Origin: It is said that Hamburg, Germany was where the...
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