- the bread plate to your left is yours.
- the water glass on the right is yours.
- the napkin goes in your lap when you sit or when the host puts the napkin in his/her lap.
- the napkin goes in the lap with the flap forward, facing away from your torso.
- the napkin is for your fingers, not your face, and certainly not your nose.
- cleaning yourself, including spills, requires a trip to the restroom.
- no business talk until the entrée dishes have been removed.
- Pass things like the bread basket and condiments before you help yourself to them.
- When seated, the person of highest importance gets the seat of honor, the one with the best view.
- The person inviting someone to a meal should be the one to recommend the restaurant.
- Cell phones should be off or on vibrate during the meal; no talking on cell phones during the meal.
- Forks and spoons are always used with the left-hand even if you are right-handed.
- Develop a good handshake; palm to palm, web to web, pump up and down two or three times.
- If there is an issue with the food, do not discuss it at the table. Excuse yourself and talk to the wait staff or manager as appropriate.
- If you are the host, you pay. Period.
- Remember, not everyone has good etiquette, but everyone recognizes it.
CITE: PERSUASION- The Art of Getting What You Want by Dave Lakhani