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Business Banquet Dont’s

So you’ve created a great resume, made it through the interview and finally have that dream job. Smooth sailing from here on out, right? Well yes… until your boss invites you to a business lunch. Here are some of the most common mistakes young professionals make at business dinners:

  1. Trumping the host.

It may seem like you are taking the initiative, but ultimately, your boss invited you to dinner, lunch, whatever. Follow their lead. By letting your boss order first, you can easily figure out whether or not you are drinking, a price range, etc.

  1. Ordering foods that are sloppy or hard to eat.

Forgo the ribs and spaghetti for chicken, fish or salad. People are there to talk business, not be distracted by your dinner habits.

  1. Arguing over the check or offering to pay the tip.

This is a tricky one. Make no mistake, the gesture is thoughtful, but the host is the one that invited you. Offer once, but don’t argue. Let them pay.

  1. Not showing gratitude.

Saying “Thank you” and offering a handshake goes a long way. Odds are, your boss will remember how respectful you are.

Join PRSSA and the Professional Development Committee for their “Dine Like a Professional” business banquet on Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. in the Holliday Forum to learn more etiquette tips from Jill Rigby Garner.

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