Etiquette expert serves lessons of propriety with dinner
Katherine Mason, the president of Jon D. Williams Cotillions Social Education Program, speaks to students Wednesday at the Student Public Relations Network Etiquette Dinner in the University Center.
Success in business relationships may depend on manners and etiquette. Because of this, UNC's Student Public Relations Network organized an etiquette dinner Wednesday for attendees to enjoy a three-course meal while they learned about business etiquette.
Katherine Mason, president of Jon D. Williams Cotillions Social Education Program, began her keynote presentation with a brief definition of manners and etiquette. She said manners refer to how someone acts and etiquette is a fancier word for rules on what we should and should not do.
"What is the very first thing you do when you sit at the table?" Mason asked. "You take your napkin, fold it diagonally in half and it stays on your lap until the end. There can be up to 10 utensils on your place setting, and if you are not sure which utensils to use, work your way outside in."
Mason said etiquette is a lot like language and also a part of our everyday culture. The key is to be comfortable and make people who are nearby comfortable as well. She said it takes about seven to 10 seconds for an impression to be made. In that time frame, about 11 assumptions are deduced.
"Don't do anything at the table that you don't want to see others do yourself," Mason said.
Mason also demonstrated how silverware should be held in ones' hands and the different styles of eating: European Continental and American. European Continental style involves using the same hand to cut and the fork's tine is facing down when eating; the American method, on the other hand, sets the knife down and switches the fork to the other hand to eat, with the fork's tine facing up.
Mason provided some specific tips when practicing dinner etiquette. She said some dining rules have exceptions, such as always passing to the right, unless the person is sitting directly to your left and how it is customary to rest your elbows/forearms on the table when there is no food on the table.
"The SPRN wanted to do something big for students from business and journalism and mass communication," said Chelley Knight, secretary of SPRN and a junior journalism major. "It was definitely fun to meet new students and for them to network — very helpful and informative."
Get Top Stories Delivered Weekly
From Around the Web
More uncmirror News Articles
Recent uncmirror News Articles
Discuss This Article
MOST POPULAR UNCMIRROR
GET TOP STORIES DELIVERED WEEKLY
FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER
LATEST UNCMIRROR NEWS
- University of Northern Colorado Police Department investigates unlawful contact
- EDITORIAL: ‘Weed will burn down your house and sleep with your wife’
- Simplifying smoke slang: Weed Dictionary
- Weed Etiquette: How to cut in a smoke session and How to navigate a pipe store
- Along the hem of the Colorado border
- High times in Northern Colorado
- Weed ad restrictions flare conflict in Northern Colorado
RECENT UNCMIRROR CLASSIFIEDS
FROM AROUND THE WEB
- Insuring the Health of America's Emerging...
- New FDA-Cleared Device Significantly Advances IV Therapy...
- Take a Bite Out of Gum Disease By Seeing a Periodontist
- Natural Health Care From Down Under Poised to Make U.S....
- Wellness Travel Is on the Rise
- 3 Steps to Build a Better Nest Egg
- Para los latinos, el Día de las Madres es una...
- Top 4 Signs You Need to Call a Pest Professional
- Another Reason to Choose Chiropractic Care First for Pain...
- Create a Precious Moment for Mom This Mother's Day
COLLEGE PRESS RELEASES
- GREAT GRADUATION GIFT: WHAT THEY DIDN'T TEACH YOU IN SCHOOL!
- National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Calls on College Campuses to Be Prepared for Meningococcal Disease
- Safety App BlueLight Launches at 10 New Campuses for Sexual Assault Awareness Month
- TD Ameritrade Seeks Applicants for NextGen Financial Planning Scholarships, Grants
- Make it Count: Get the Most out of the End of the Semester!