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Wednesday, November 14, 2012 Minding My Manners

Eating  a five-course meal is not an opportunity I get every day, so I immediately jumped on the opportunity to enjoy one for free. Liberty’s chapter of the PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) held its annual etiquette banquet and opened it up to all Liberty students for free.

Last Thursday night, my friend and I donned our suits and headed to Liberty’s executive banquet hall for a great night. While I dined on butternut squash soup, Caesar salad, herb roasted chicken, asparagus, mashed sweet potatoes, crème brulee, and more, I learned some valuable lessons about business dining etiquette.

The PRSSA provided a delicious meal for the banquet. (Photo by Catie Perseo/90 Seconds)

Dr. Stuart Schwartz teaches marketing and journalism classes at Liberty and has dined in many professional situations. He did an excellent job talking about business dining etiquette.

Dr. Schwartz covered the situations that may surprise you in a business dining atmosphere. After hearing Dr. Schwartz speak, I feel more prepared for a professional dinner. For example, I now know to have cash on hand in case there is a bathroom or coat check attendant who needs to be tipped.

Dr. Schwartz (left) provided valuable information about business etiquette. (Photo by Catie Perseo/90 Seconds)

Dr. Schwartz also went over the appropriate actions to take at the table. He discussed good conversation topics and the right ways to eat your food. Dr. Schwartz said that etiquette is really about making everyone feel as comfortable as possible and that doing so should be a person's number one goal.

The etiquette banquet was definitely a great opportunity. I got the chance to eat a delicious meal and meet some new people while gathering some valuable information.

Students enjoy the etiquette banquet. (Photo by Catie Perseo/90 Seconds)

In the future, I may find myself in a business dining situation that could possibly make some people uncomfortable. Fortunately, I can handle this situation with confidence, because, at the banquet, I learned what to expect and how to act.

I’m still amazed that I got the opportunity to eat a free five-course meal while gaining some valuable knowledge from an experienced professional. The annual etiquette banquet is definitely a great event that I will likely be attending again in the future.

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