In just one day you can learn all you need to know about business entertaining etiquette.
- Do you entertain clients?
- Do you know the correct etiquette for business entertaining?
Entertaining for business is not the same as having a group of friends over for dinner. Knowing the correct protocol and observing the correct business entertaining etiquette is a skill you simply must perfect if you are serious about developing your career.
Increasingly organisations look for employees who can competently do their job and act as ambassadors of the organisation or brand they represent. Organisations look for both business and social skills.
Business is built on relationships, therefore the ability to engage and entertain clients is very important. Organisations want to know that they have employees who know how to behave in social situations and will observe the correct protocol and etiquette for the occasion. Companies often ‘hand pick’ the employees who will work on new business, entertain clients and maintain client relationships.
So what is involved in business entertaining etiquette?
Observing the correct dining etiquette and having good table manners are essential elements of business entertaining. You must know how to conduct yourself as a client and a guest at a business social event be it breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktails or a charity ball.
Maybe you have progressed in your job and now find yourself in business social situations that you don’t feel comfortable with. Perhaps you are an entrepreneur that is a little rough around the edges. You may consider etiquette and formality to be outdated conventions, but ignore them at your peril, especially if you want to have a successful career. Business entertaining etiquette is about convention, what is acceptable and what is not, and it is alive and well in society today.
Environments and occasions for business entertaining etiquette
Business is conducted in a variety of social situations: at a breakfast meeting; at a restaurant over lunch or dinner; at a cocktail reception, or at a dinner dance, banquet, ball or charity event. Each of these occasions has its own set of rules, protocols and expected behaviours. Correct attire, good manners, dining etiquette and polite conversation are all components of the correct business entertaining etiquette.
The summer season offers a raft of corporate hospitality opportunities for organisations to entertain their clients: Royal Ascot, Henley Royal Regatta, Glyndebourne etc. Many of these events are steeped in history with dress codes and codes of conduct that must be observed. A private training and coaching session will guide you through the minefield of business entertaining etiquette so that you are comfortable at any and every occasion.
Business entertaining etiquette training and coaching, what will I learn?
In social situations you need to know how to behave as the host, or the guest. You will learn how to respond to an invitation; when to arrive at an event; what to wear; what to drink and what to speak about, when to leave and who to thank. Add to that: introductions; gifts; table manners; toasts and speeches.
Being respectful of other people, their culture, religion, convention and customs are behaviours that will stand you in good stead, wherever and whenever you travel, and whoever you meet. Not always sure what to do or sometimes feel uncomfortable when entertaining or being entertained on business. When you book a business entertaining etiquette private coaching day the emphasis is on you, and your needs. My objective is to ensure you get the best possible learning and development from the day. The day is flexible and can be tailor made to meet your particular requirements. Spend as long as you like on a particular subject, ask as many questions as you want. Here’s a list of the topics that are covered but the session can be tailor made to suit your needs, so certain topics can be omitted allowing for more time to be spent on areas that you are less familiar with.
Business Entertaining Etiquette Coaching Topics
- Good Manners
- Accepting or declining and invitation
- The correct etiquette for a Business: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Cocktail-Party, Buffet or Reception, Awards Ceremony, Dinner Dance or Charity Ball
- Dress Codes
- Appropriate Behaviour
- Polite Conversation
- Dining Etiquette including table manners, polite conversation, menus and food, drinks, farewell and thank you
- Hospitality Events (arts, sport, motor sport)
- The Social Season; Henley, Ascot, Glyndebourne, Chelsea Flower Show
The Etiquette of Business Entertaining Coaching Format
Expect a fun, enjoyable and very practical day. An enlightening day that will de-mystify the subject of business social etiquette. You’ll quickly learn that etiquette is not complex or difficult and that good manners will always be noticed and appreciated. This day is not designed to make you into an aristocrat or socialite but it will equip you with the skills and understanding to be confident in any business social situation.
If you pass muster you’ll also receive a ‘Certificate of Achievement’.