The world has experienced a rapidly expanding global economy in which correct dining skills are expected, whether you’re conducting business abroad or entertaining international clients here in the United States. Your level of competence, especially as viewed through your table manners, will be evaluated by executives in and from other countries.


As good manners are essential for domestic executive positions, you will need a higher standard of qualifications to compete in the international arena. Dine Like a Diplomat will give you these qualifications to add to your other impressive skills.

Dine Like a Diplomat is an interactive tutorial six-course meal providing the nuances necessary for a world-class competitor.

Seminar and dining tutorial, with a meal, up to 24 participants. Group rate available. Contact us for a quote! 

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Participants will engage in the hands-on experience of:

  • Guest and Host Duties
  • Navigating the Place Setting
  • Menu Position
  • Silverware Skills & Napkin Etiquette
  • Handling Difficult Foods
  • Removing Unwanted Food Gracefully
  • American & European (Continental) Style of Dining
  • World-class Do’s and Don’ts
  • What to consider before extending an invitation
  • When receiving lines are practical
  • How to host a table
  • Body language at the table
  • The protocol of seating with various numbers of guest
  • Protocol for ordering, seating, paying, and tipping
  • The Silent Service Code
  • How to create and practice a welcome toast

Outclass the Competition Dining Skills

The pressure of knowing that a hiring decision could rest partially on your dinner performance is anxiety-producing! A keen mind, good appearance, and nice personality will not outweigh poor table manners. An invitation to a meal means that you are under strong consideration, and, by extension, intense scrutiny. Your social graces and general demeanor at the table can tell as much about you as your answer to a question. Whether you are at a dinner party, conducting an interview, or exploring a new culture, being familiar with the rules of dining etiquette can help to increase your professionalism in unfamiliar situations. Most interviewees think that the meal is a time to relax and chat it up with your interviewer, however, this could not be further from the point. When an organization hosts a meal during an interview, they are assessing how you conduct yourself, your knowledge of etiquette and standard dining practices, and they are also looking to see how you will conduct yourself when meeting with clients and higher-ups in the company. By reviewing the dining etiquette basics, you’ll be able to breeze through an interview meal and increase your desirability to the company.

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Who should attend?

Development officers; any level of employee, from those in career-fast track programs to upper-level managers; anyone who hosts business meals or attends business meals and fundraiser events with clients, customers, and prospects.
Participants receive a comprehensive workbook to use during the presentation and to keep as a reference guide and certificate of course completion.

“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.”
 La Rochefoucauld

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The place where our manners are really put to the test is at the table. Eating a meal with others is a veritable minefield of potential blunders and gaffes, so if you’re planning to dine with work colleagues, superiors or clients, it’s wise for you to be fully versed in dining etiquette. Business dinners and power lunches are where so many key decisions are made and social meals are where relationships are formed. It’s imperative that you approach business and social meals feeling confident and avoid unforced errors.

This course covers the fundamentals of table manners, addressing everything from place settings to holding utensils, good posture, appropriate conversation & much more.

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In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Navigate a place setting and menu.
  • Hold utensils properly and understand the differences between American and Continental styles.
  • Understand manners for specific courses in the meal, from bread and butter to soup and salad.
  • Have good posture, eye contact and appropriate gestures.
  • Handle it if you don’t like what you’ve ordered.
  • Toast your host or guest of honor
  • End a meal properly and know when you can leave the table.