Essential Etiquette

June 30, 2005 11:41 ET

CORRECTION: Etiquette Training: Not Just for the Hiltons; Using Social Graces as a Business Tool

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - June 30, 2005) - In the press release issued earlier today the company name was incorrectly named as Carey McBeth-Cooper Inc. The issuing company is Essential Etiquette, the corrected updated release now follows.

In our global economy filled with the Hilton's, the Kennedy's and the Pattison's: knowing the rituals of business etiquette and social graces is vital. There's much more to etiquette than remembering to say please and thank you and other common courtesies. A Vancouver company, Essential Etiquette is offering a unique course in business etiquette at The Metropolitan Hotel on July 14th that is designed to help professionals improve their communication skills, enhance their professional image, network more effectively and build solid client and colleague relationships.

"Etiquette training isn't just for the Hiltons," says Carey McBeth-Cooper, the founder and director of Essential Etiquette. "Increasingly, it is about building relationships, something that Canadian businesses are just beginning to understand."

The seminar which covers proper introductions, politely ending a conversation, networking, and avoiding the "who pays the bill" struggle, also includes a four-course tutorial luncheon. "The dining table is where poise and social savvy count the most," McBeth-Cooper says. "The dining table has become an extension of the board room and corporations want men and women who know how to handle themselves in any situation."

McBeth-Cooper offers the following dining do's and don'ts:

- Do avoid talking with your mouth full. Take small bites, and you'll find it easier to answer questions and join in the conversation.

- Don't touch your napkin when you are first seated. Wait until everyone is seated and the host/hostess has taken his/her napkin from the table before picking up yours.

- Do remember BMW when navigating a place setting. From left to right; bread, meal, water.

- Don't gesture with your knife, fork or spoon in your hand. If you're not using the utensil, put it down.

- Do leave dropped silver on the floor. Quietly signal the waitstaff to bring another piece.

- Don't pick your teeth at the table, either with a toothpick or with your fingers. If something gets caught in your teeth, excuse yourself and take care of the problem in the privacy of the restroom.

- Do remove an object such as a bone or gristle from your mouth with your thumb and index finger and place it on the rim of your plate.

- Don't refold the napkin when you are finished eating. Pick it up by the center and place it loosely to the left of the place setting.

- Do leave your plate where it is when you have finished eating, with the knife and fork in the 10:20 I am finished position. Place the tips of the utensils at 10 and the handles at 4.

- Don't tip up the glass or cup too much when drinking, but keep it at a slight angle.

Carey McBeth-Cooper is the founder and director of Essential Etiquette. She offers seminars in business etiquette, dining etiquette and children's etiquette.

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