Everyone likes the opportunity to go out for a meal, enjoying new flavors, socializing and meeting new people. It is said today that more businesses are being conducted over a meal in restaurants than in offices. Whether it is at breakfast, lunch, tea, cocktails or dinner client relationships are being strengthened. Interestingly it has now become common place for prospective employees to also being evaluated over a meal not to mention current employees in line for promotion.
I still marvel at the number of times I have been out for a meal or at a social function and I see many eating and enjoying their food without having touched their napkin. Many times people instantly disregard the knife and settle with the use of the fork as a comfortable substitute for both the cutting and eating throughout the meal, as the only tool for eating. At times the fork is wielded like a construction tool grabbed in the fist and used as to shovel food into the mouth. On numerous occasions people are still comfortable talking with a mouth full of food almost spitting at others in conversation.
How awkward do you make people feel when you are dining with them? Can we hear every chew, slurp or sip?
How well will you rate your dining skills? I don’t mean your ability to eat fast but your entire conduct before, during and after the meal. Many would say that they could not be bothered about how they dine so long as they are enjoying the meal on hand.
Are you dining like a VIP or are you sabotaging your personal image?