Recently, my most-incredible-techie-biz friend www.DanaMNelson came by for some mutual work. Following, I served her a new extra gooey, grilled sandwich. With her fingers covered with filling, she remarked, “You wouldn’t want to have this at a restaurant business lunch! Blog about this situation.” Well then – here it is!
Get nervous when someone watches you eat? Don’t. Be confident. A person’s confidence level can be determined by HOW poised one eats. A confident eater, who drops a little condiment upon his pants, grabs his napkin and without a fuss, wipes the mess clean. A nervous and diffident individual, wouldn’t be able to concentrate upon anything else, but the spot.
Don’t be timid. Handle food, and everything else. Handle your food tactfully; practice beforehand, if necessary. You will certainly make a bad impression if you can’t handle your own food. Simple rules to follow:
• Break bread into small and manageable bites. Do not butter the whole slice.
• Avoid keeping your glass of liquid to close to the edge of the table.
• Do not order food that is too messy to handle, ie., salads, gooey sandwiches, etc.
• Don’t suggest or order alcoholic beverages
• Do not pick at your teeth. Use a napkin or visit a restroom
• Never use fingers unless the meal consists of a sandwich or finger food
Don’t expect the other person to pay. Generally, the company pays for the meal; of course, there are exceptions to every rule. Just in case, bring enough cash to cover your meal and the tip. If you wish to tip 15%, take the tax amount, double it, and round to the highest dollar
Don’t forget a handshake and a note. Approximately 70% of interviewees do not “shake” or send a thank you note. Set yourself apart from the rest … Shake and SEND A HAND-WRITTEN NOTE! – mostly anonymous
Question: Any additions?