Monday, July 7, 2008

Business Meal Seating

Give the preferred seat to your guest. Usually that’s the one first pulled out by the maître d’, but if a chair isn’t pulled out, quickly decide which is the best seat (best view, most comfortable, and so on) and gesture to your guest to occupy it. Sit at right angles to your guest if possible. If you have two guests, try to avoid sitting between them, or you will feel as if you’re watching a tennis match, looking from one to the other in the course of conversation.
The host always stands when someone new joins the table and remains standing until the other person or persons is seated. If someone leaves the table, the host does not need to stand.

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