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Chapter 21. Business dining > Awkward dining situations

Awkward dining situations

Even if you have impeccable table manners, awkward situations can still occur during meals. These are some of the most common situations that you might face:

  • Someone has food on his or her face. If one of your dining companions has food on his or her face, subtly tell them and lightly touch your face indicating where the item is located.

  • A drink is spilled. If you spill your drink, set the glass upright and signal the waiter for assistance, if needed.

  • Something is in your food or a dish is unclean. If there is a foreign object in your food or drink or if a dish is not clean, don’t cause a scene. Quietly signal the waiters so they can bring you a new glass, utensil, or plate.

  • You drop a utensil or food on the floor. If you drop a utensil, leave it on the floor. Ask the waiter to bring you a replacement, if needed. If you have dropped some food, simply leave it on the floor. You can discreetly inform the wait staff before you leave so that the mess can be cleaned up before the next set of guests is seated.

  • You need to excuse yourself from the table. If you need to excuse yourself from the table during the course of a meal, you don’t need to give an explanation. Simply say, “Excuse me. I’ll be right back.” After you’ve excused yourself, stand up and lay your napkin in your chair. When you return, remember to place your napkin back in your lap.


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