So THAT’S what’s wrong with the picture….

What’s wrong with this picture?
Good table manners should be second nature so that you can concentrate on your meeting, not on which fork to use.

  • Place your napkin on your lap within 10 seconds of sitting down at the table.
  • Buttering the whole piece of bread; butter one bite-size piece of bread at a time.
  • Gesturing with food
  • Holding spoon wrong
  • Ladling soup towards himself (OK, it’s difficult to see, but you ladle soup away from yourself)
  • Placing silverware on both table & plate (butter knife)
  • Resting elbow on the table
  • Eating with both hands

And remember to pass the salt and pepper together.

Did you get at least six of these?
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Text used with the permission of Jane Wilger Engstrom.

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