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Manners @ The Table: A Modern Guide to Dining Etiquette

with Daniel Post Senning

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About The Class

Learn How to Improve Your Work Relationships Whenever You Break Bread

The place where our manners are really put to the test is at the table. Eating a meal with others is a veritable minefield of potential blunders and gaffes, so if you’re planning to dine with work colleagues, superiors or clients, it’s wise for you to be fully versed in dining etiquette.

This course covers the fundamentals of table manners, addressing everything from place settings to holding utensils, good posture to appropriate conversation. Business dinners and power lunches are where so many key decisions are made and relationships are formed. So it’s imperative that you go in ready to impress and avoid unforced errors.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Navigate a menu and wine list and order the right thing.
  • Hold utensils properly and understand the differences between American and Continental styles.
  • Deal with specific courses in the meal, from bread and butter to soup and salad.
  • Have good posture, eye contact and appropriate gesturing.
  • Handle it if you don’t like what you’ve ordered.
  • Toast your host or guest of honor.
  • End a meal properly and know when you can leave the table.


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Course Introduction

    01:45
  2. 02

    Arriving at the Table

    01:20
  3. 03

    Napkins

    01:46
  4. 04

    What to Eat

    01:51
  5. 05

    The Place Setting

    02:53
  6. 06

    Holding Utensils

    02:30
  7. 07

    Posture

    02:51
  8. 08

    Toasting and Alcohol

    01:50
  9. 09

    Bread

    01:26
  10. 10

    Soup

    01:59
  11. 11

    Salad

    02:10
  12. 12

    Main Course

    03:52
  13. 13

    Dessert

    01:02
  14. 14

    End of the Meal

    03:09

Meet Your Expert

Daniel Post Senning

Daniel Post Senning is the great-great grandson of Emily Post and a co-author of Emily Post’s Etiquette, 19th edition and The Etiquette Advantage in Business, 3rd edition. He is also the author of Manners in a Digital World: Living Well Online. ... read more

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  • Michael Friesen

    May 2018

    Daniel's course provides an excellent overview of the essentials of dining etiquette. The content is contemporary and reflects the more relaxed atmosphere that prevails in most dining situations today. I would definitely recommend this course to a friend looking to review the basics of dining etiquette.

  • Jessica Ericson

    Jessica Ericson

    December 2018

    This class is such a simple and refreshing course. I really enjoyed what he had to say, and he gives easy to use tips and tricks through out.

  • Nina Piorkowski

    Nina Piorkowski

    July 2019

    Daniel Post Senning offers a succinct and easy to follow course. I highly recommend!

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