When most of us think about how we're perceived professionally, we conjure up images of ourselves giving boardroom presentations or skillfully negotiating contracts with clients. Yet one of the strongest indicators of being truly professional is how you conduct yourself at the dining table.
Your behavior gives potential clients, employers, and partners a sense of how you will handle their business and the relationship. While there are many fine points to dining, the following are a few simple pointers that will establish you as a professional at the dining table and beyond:
KEEP THE TABLE CLEAR. Never place cell phones, keys, purses, hats, gloves, eyeglasses, folders, or anything that is not part of the meal on the table. If items must be in reach, tuck them in a pocket or neatly beneath or behind your chair. Read more