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The Essentials of Business Etiquette: How to Greet, Eat, and Tweet Your Way to Success by Barbara Pachter

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46. Avoiding the Seven Deadly Sins of Dining

Even high-level executives and business owners have questions about dining with clients. When they entertain clients and potential clients in restaurants, they, too, want to feel comfortable and confident that they are not breaking the rules of etiquette.

When you share a meal with current or potential clients, they are not just looking to see if you slurp your soup. It’s an opportunity for them to get to know you. Are you someone with whom they will be comfortable working? Are you self-assured and socially adept? If you create a welcoming and gracious atmosphere when entertaining, you will put your customers at ease and let them know you can take charge of situations.

If you invite someone to a meal, ...

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