Proper table setting

Where do I put my napkin when I momentarily excuse myself from the dinner table?
You want to fold your napkin in a way that doesn’t show any stains and neatly place it on the left side of your plate. Why? Let’s pretend you are eating a plate of spaghetti. If you put your napkin on your chair, you risk staining the upholstered chair with your red sauce or worse yet, risk staining your pants when you sit back down on the chair.

How do I remember which side of the table my bread plate and water glass go on?
Quick tip- place your hands in an “A-OK” position and put that position down directly in front of you. You should see a lower case “b” with your left hand and a lower case “d” with your right hand. Remember that “b” stands for bread (meaning bread plate on your left) and “d” stands for drink (meaning water and drink on your right). Another tip would be to think of the car “BMW”. “B” stands for Bread (and it’s on the left), “M” stands for meal (obviously in the middle) and “W” stands for Water (and it’s on the right).

What is the easiest way to remember proper introductions?
Always say the most important person’s name first. Example – “Susan Miller (Ms. Client), I’d like to introduce you to my Manager, John Smith. John, Susan is the client I’ve been telling you about- you both have a mutual admiration for sailing”.

How much should I tip people?
20% is today’s standard.

How do I remember which direction to pass the bread basket or side entrees at a business meal?
Always remember to pass to the right. The reason you pass to the right is because most people are right handed and it tends to be the smoothest motion for the majority of people.

How do I remember what side of my shirt the nametag goes?
Your nametag should be placed below your right shoulder. Why? Since most people are right handed and shake hands with their right hand, the eye naturally sees the right hand side easiest.

Can I put someone on speakerphone?
You can put someone on speakerphone after you’ve asked for their permission and told them who else is listening.

How do I hire Etiquette Principles?
Give us a call at: 952.994.4281 and we’ll guide you through our consulting evaluation process. Etiquette Principles provides highly customized packages to fit each clients’ needs. Our most popular programs are: half to full-day seminars and one to two-hour key note speeches.

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—Chuck Bokar, Principal, Design Resource Center

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