Etiquette is important not just in everyday life, but especially in the business world. Last month, Amanda Roberts held an etiquette dinner where students were able to ask questions and learn how to eat and speak properly in a business setting.
Roberts said that after the dinner, students informed her that the dinner was a success. Some students needed to brush up on their skills before interviewing with employers for either an internship or a job. Some students had never had any formal dining experiences so it was truly eye opening and a learning experience.
Sometimes all of those extra glasses and silverware are intimidating when you are nervous. Even starting up a conversation with those you do not know can be uncomfortable.
“I purposely assigned the students seats instead of allowing them to sit with the friends they walked in with. I think it is important to get outside of your comfort zone in a low risk environment. Ultimately, even though we might think we have acceptable etiquette while dining, it might be more intimidating if the focus of the dinner is actually you and not the food. This would be the case in an interview or business meeting in which food is involved,” Roberts said.
She also went on to say, “I like when students ask questions during the experience. I can’t anticipate what will be asked during the dinner, and sometimes students think of situations that I would not have considered otherwise. I don’t know what participates don’t know unless they ask. You should always ask questions if you don’t know the answer.”
Stephens women were exposed to a business like environment with their peers and learned how to act appropriately in a formal setting. They were able to get over their fears and ask important questions like, “What do I do if I drop my hearing aid on the floor?”