One can tell a lot about a person through various discernible cues that the person leaves around. The non-verbal cues given by the body language, the way of speaking, and the manner of posing in a situation are often a pathway to judge and analyze an individual.
There are many components of a personality that can be observed, and also many behavioral traits that can be modified for better. Dining Etiquettes are one such component. Etiquettes are not simply good manners; etiquettes are the customary code of polite behavior applicable to a certain situation or profession. An individual with proper etiquettes is often portrayed as being disciplined and worthy.
Dining Etiquettes play an important role in every professional setting. Good Dining Etiquettes not only increase your likeability but also expose a very presentable and respected image of an individual. People often form opinions on other through these etiquettes and manners.
Basic Dining Etiquettes
Dining Etiquettes do not just involve spreading the napkin correctly and gracefully playing with the cutlery. There is so much more professional as well as a cultural aspect to the concept of Dining Etiquettes. Although etiquettes do differ from one cultural hub to another, there is a standard code of conduct that is followed all around the globe.
Dining etiquettes, or as termed in laymen language as table manners, have two sides – one of the hosts and one of the guests. There are a certain set of traits that a host exhibits to smoothly and professionally carry out any dinner party that he/she has arranged. One of the most significant actions of the host is to signal the serving of the dinner. The host can either choose to say grace or conduct any gesture. If the host has picked up his/her fork or has unfolded the napkin, this is understood as the universal motion of the host starting with the dinner.
The foremost dining etiquette to be followed by everyone is to place the napkin on the lap. This is not just a royal gesture to be incorporated, but also a way to ensure that your meal is as neatly consumed as possible and your clothes do not get any stains. Posture is a very important component herein. A straight backbone with elbows placed towards your chest is considered a power pose in such settings. It boosts your personality and adds grace to your appearance.
There are other basic dining etiquettes that should be followed –
- Always begin with an introduction and then proceed with your meal.
- One rule of table setting is that Liquids to the right and Solids to the left.
- When you leave your meal in-between, place the spoon (and/or knife) and fork in a cross fashion on the plate.
- Politely ask for dishes that are kept at a distance rather than reaching for the dishes on your own.
- When your meal is over, place the used silverware diagonally across the plate.
Thus, these common and simple dining etiquettes can be charted to strengthen your personality and leave a strong charismatic impact on the host and other guests.