Business Etiquette – 17 Rules For Australian Business Dining From Etiquette Experts
Meeting with clients over a meal and a good bottle of wine can be the perfect environment to seal a deal, make new connections or build rapport with an investor.
Australian business culture is quite relaxed about social rules, but what if you’re dining with a stickler for manners?
Here’s the list of the key pieces of advice from the experts – who add that everyone can exercise a personal choice over where and when to employ them.
- Ladies should always drink from the same spot on the glass.
- If you are only using one utensil, keep the other hand on or above the table.
- Ladies do not swear, particularly in the company of men.
- Ladies do not lean. They either sit or stand.
- Do not get drunk, particularly if you are a lady.
- The host should not pass the wine menu to the guest. This is to prevent the guest ordering the most expensive wine.
- When you leave the table your napkin must go to the left side of your plate- not folded but loosely place- unless it is quite soiled in which case it must go on your chair.
- A handbag must be placed on the inside left leg on the chair in a non-obstructive manner.
- You must keep your jacket on until the host takes off theirs.
- You should not have the same wine through the entire meal. Wine should be paired with your food. It should be “light & white” followed by reds with mains, and something sweet for dessert.
- It is very important that the host always pays. The inviter is the payer.
- Conversations to be avoided at the table are politics, sexual preferences, age, weight, and anything that requires a directly personal answer.
- Never start business talk until mains have been served.
- Never cut your bread roll with a knife. Break it into bite size pieces and then butter it.
- Bread is an accompaniment. Wait for food to be served to eat it.
- Time your eating pace so you finish in time with others at the table.
- Gentlemen should always decline the stairs before a lady, in case she should trip, he can catch her.