2016 Update: Check out our latest discussion on dining etiquette for professional women.
What are your best business lunch tips for newbies? What would you say are the key rules of etiquette that women new to the corporate world need to know?
Our list of the Top 10 Things to Know About a Business Lunch” is still one of our top posts here at Corporette. I remember the day I wrote it — the blog was about a week old, and I was still figuring out content (and posting anonymously back then). Both the TPS Report and the Suit of the Week were things I added at the absolute last minute!
I had gone to a large-ish group lunch with summer associates (there were maybe 10 of us there) and while no one acted egregiously, I remembered just how hard it was for me to learn that business etiquette stuff, and how awkward it was to turn around and try to impart that knowledge to summer associates. “To the blog!” I thought.
Since then, we’ve talked a lot on Corporette about business lunches: what not to order at a business lunch, how to navigate business lunches as a summer associate, when to offer to pay and when to pick up the check if you’re dining with partners, how to handle a work lunch as the only vegetarian or as someone with a gluten-free diet, what to wear to an alumni lunch event, and what to do with those leftovers — take ’em or leave ’em?
So I’m curious, readers — what are YOUR top three business lunch tips that you wish you could teach to all the young’uns at your company or firm this summer? What other kind of tips are important from a career and professionalism standpoint that are awkward to talk about with your younger colleagues?