Sadly, a business meeting dinner is not about the food…it’s a meeting…with food. Avoid arriving at the restaurant feeling ravenous…it’s hard to concentrate on the task at hand when your stomach is grumbling. Be a mindful diner and try not to finish well before everyone else – pace yourself. It is more about the conversation and networking than the meal.
Manners such as please and thank you never go out of style, but etiquette isn’t etched in stone. The majority of outdated customs stem from one thing…gender. In today’s business world, gender no longer rules the day, rather professional standing or whether one is the host or visitor determines behavior.
The thing is, etiquette isn’t etched in stone. Social mores change over time. So some manners that would’ve been acceptable a few decades ago might make you look out-of-touch in a contemporary setting.
The rule of the day was for men to open the door for women. The new guideline is whoever gets to the door first, regardless of gender should open the door and hold it for the person behind him or her. The savvy junior executive will get to the door before the senior executive and hold the door.
When it comes to etiquette and good business practice, be courteous to everyone. Kindness goes a long way when it comes to success.