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The Right Fork:

Dining Skills for Success

Almost a century ago, Henry Ford commented that the dining room is the new board room.  The late Peter Drucker, a famous management consultant, educator, and author said “More business decisions occur over lunch and dinner than any other time, yet no MBA courses are given on the subject.”

Today, it is estimated that more than half of all business transactions, including job interviews, are conducted during a meal.  During a dining experience, companies want to know their employees are not going to embarrass them in front of an important client.  They don’t want their employees to have that “deer in the headlights” look because they don’t know how to navigate a formal place setting.  Instead of focusing on the business at hand, they are more focused on which fork is the right one to use. In today's competitive and global business world, polished dining skills are not an option, but a requirement. 

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