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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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55. Are There Any Manners for a Food Fight?

This unlikely question was asked when I volunteered to teach dining to my son’s fourth-grade Boy Scout troop. It’s the only time I can remember that I was at a total loss for words—and it may be the reason my business is oriented to corporations!

Usually, I teach adults, but I recently agreed to take a colleague’s 12-year-old daughter to lunch at a white-tablecloth restaurant. The young woman’s parents wanted their child to brush up on her table manners before her upcoming Bat Mitzvah.

As I prepared for this atypical teaching activity, I created a number of steps that anyone could use to take a friend’s or colleague’s child for a dress-up lunch or dinner. It’s a gift that makes memories to last a lifetime—and ...

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