11 Dining Etiquette Faux Pas And How To Avoid Them

“The world was my oyster, but I used the wrong fork.”- Oscar Wilde

If you get apprehensive before a business dining meeting or networking event, you are not alone.  There are a large number of people who are afraid of making a mistake during a meal function – and they should be. Let’s face it, you will be judged by your behavior. Potential employers, customers and upper management aren’t just watching you for the proper use of the dessert fork; they are observing your social savvy, self-confidence and ability to handle conversation.  By learning the correct business dining manners you will feel more confident, self-assured and comfortable when conducting business during any meal function.

The world can be your oyster if you avoid these Faux Pas:


  • Order something if you don’t know how to eat it or that is difficult or messy to eat such as BBQ spare ribs.
  • Mop your face with your napkin.
  • Chew with your mouth open or smack your lips.
  • Talk with your mouth full. 
  • Reach across the table or across another person to get something.  If it’s out of reach, ask the closest person to pass it to you.
  • Pick your teeth at the table, either with a toothpick or your fingers.  Excuse yourself if something gets caught in your teeth and remove it in the privacy of a restroom.
  • Push your plate away from you when you’ve finished eating.
  • Gesture with your knife, fork, or spoon in your hand.  If you’re not using a utensil, put it down.
  • Eat your neighbor’s bread or salad. 
  • Lick your utensils or fingers.  People really do this!
  • Groom at the table.  Use the restroom to comb your hair, put on lip stick, etc.

Remember, when you act well, you do well.

For more dining etiquette tips email Marla at: marla@actwelldowell.com

On October 9th, 2013, posted in: Uncategorized by
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