Business Etiquette Dinner – February 16, 2011

Photo by Mike Shai

Etiquette in the business world is so much more than how you hold your knife and fork. That's just one of the useful things that students who attended the February Etiquette Dinner learned.

Starting out with a social hour, students were given a “Business Card Challenge” where they had the opportunity to practice giving out their business cards and asking others for their cards—all with a drink and plate in their hands. It was a great way to start off the evening and get students and faculty talking with each other.

Students then sat down for a three-course meal with faculty members as the table hosts. Throughout the meal, Mary Robins, Director of Career Services, gave a presentation called “You have only one chance to make a first impression.” Topics covered included networking tips, place settings, how to hold your silverware, dining out, ordering your meal and sticky situations.

Students and faculty asked questions and shared stories. Everyone left the presentation feeling that they learned something new and are now better prepared for that job or internship interview held over a meal.

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