Tips, classes and resources

  • Star Tribune
  • March 15, 2010 - 3:46 PM


When making an introduction, say the name of the person with greater seniority first and introduce the other person to him or her -- unless a client is present, in which case the client gets top billing.

At the start of meetings, establish rules for timeliness, electronic devices and speaking in turn.

When getting into a car, position the person of prominence in the back seat, curbside.

If you must leave the table mid-meal, slightly fold your napkin and place it either to the left of your plate or on your chair.

Pass bread baskets counter-clockwise.

Blanking on which fork or spoon to use? Always start with those placed farthest from the plate and work your way in, course by course.

Source: Etiquette, Et Cetera's luncheon at the Saint Paul Hotel

WEBSITES (Protocol School of Washington)


• St. Paul Hotel, business etiquette class on May 20 or Sept. 30, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Includes lunch and handbook. $55 per person. 651-228-3860.

• St. Paul Hotel, children's etiquette class on Oct. 2, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Includes goodie bag. $45 per child.


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