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Strategy of The Business Meal

A modern and fresh approach to the standard ‘mealtime manners’ presentation. Participants will engage in a hands-on dining tutorial where they will learn the Strategy of the Business Meal behind hosting and being a guest at a lunch, dinner, coffee meeting, fundraising or networking event. Carey Sue will also share stories about her dinner with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, giving participants tips to be prepared for dining with anyone! 

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Kind Words:


“I attended Carey Sue’s Business Etiquette luncheon thinking it would be a social opportunity for me to connect with colleagues who were also attending.  I felt I knew my etiquette so might as well go and catch up with friends.  I was blown away!  I learned so much and had so much fun.  Like my colleagues who attended with me found, there are things Carey Sue will teach you that you will never forget – and how you remember them will make you smile.”
– Gene

Recommended Topics:

  • Business Etiquette Basics including Business Etiquette vs. Social Etiquette, Hospitality vs. Formality, and The critical components and research behind First Impressions  

  • Silverware Sign Language

  • Navigating table manners for both American and Continental Style Dining

  • American Table Manners that appear rude to people from other cultures

  • Advanced tips for a Successful Lunch (or Coffee) Meeting

  • Napkin placement and signals

  • Passing of food or condiments around the table

  • Food allergies, ‘what if I don’t like something?’, ‘grazing rights’, seconds, and doggie bags

  • The Hot Seat

  • The ‘Conversation Sandwich’ and other conversation tips

  • What to do when you see another client across the room

  • The importance of ‘offline’ relationships

  • How to handle food while mixing and mingling

  • Navigating the buffet, hors d’oeuvres, and ‘finger foods’

  • The do’s and don’ts of Alcohol

  • Formal and Casual Introductions

  • The follow up from an introduction

  • When and how to exchange contact information

  • Social Cues; what are they, how to identify them, and how to respond

  • Exit strategies for awkward or uncomfortable conversations

  • Follow up and management of new contacts

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