Uncommon courtesy

Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2005

Whether attending a post-graduation recruitment lunch or dining with a prospective client, being considerate can mean success, according to etiquette expert Wendy Kaufman, president of Balancing Life's Issues, Inc. "It may seem silly, but if you are ordering Chinese food, find out if the odor offends anyone - particularly important for a working lunch in a conference room or other small spaces," says Kaufman. Always offer to share and never, under any circumstance, eat off anyone else's plate. She reminds clients of the basics: Don't reach across the table, chew with your mouth closed and remember to hold the door for the person behind you.

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