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Persuasion through etiquette



  • 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



Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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