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HomeBusiness Dining Basics 30 July 2020


Business Dining Basics 30 July 2020


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Date and time: Thursday, 30th July 2020, 6.30 – 9pm

Venue: Central London

Cost: £150 + VAT

Dine, host and be hosted with confidence to make the most of business opportunities in a social arena

The leisurely working lunch may have gone the way of shoulder pads and cigars, but the business meal is still a crucial environment for building professional relationships, at home and around the world.

In fact, an experiment showed that deals done over a meal were 12% more profitable than in the boardroom. Dining is intrinsic to business in other countries too, an opportunity to build trust and respect between cultures.

Whether you’re hosting clients at home or being hosted abroad, you should feel be able to demonstrate both respect and authority, while putting others at ease.

Our new Business Dining Programme consists of a guided dinner, which will demystify the etiquette and intricacies of the business meal, whether it’s a brief lunch or a formal banquet.

Led by Debrett’s Academy director Rupert Wesson, this relaxed and enjoyable programme is suitable for anyone who is required to host or be hosted at work.

The 2.5-hour course will include a guide to hosting and being a guest at home as well as in a restaurant and around the world.

Topics include:

  • Invitations: sending and responding
  • Pre-dinner protocol: drinks, seating plans and taking your seat
  • Cutlery, crockery and glassware: what to use when, and how to use
  • Serving others and yourself, making conversation, putting others at ease
  • An introduction to wine basics
  • The quirks and anomalies of British dining
  • After the meal: drinks, speeches and leaving the table