Politeness and proper decorum are not outdated issues. The following list of frequently asked questions and answers are designed to help you become more etiquette savvy. If you have an etiquette question that is not answered here, please contact me.
Always use the fork farthest from the plate first, and work your way in with each subsequent course.
Your wine and water glasses are always on the right side of the plate, above your knives. Your bread and butter plate is always to the left. One easy way to remember is to think of the acronym "BMW" or "Bread, Meal, Water."
Place your name badge on the right-hand side of the shoulder area. Reason: When you extend your right hand for a handshake, the line of sight goes to the other person's right side.
The guest of honor sits to the host's right - even in a restaurant. The Guest of Honor should be facing out into the dining area of a restaurant. If there are two hosts and two guests, the Guest of Honor will be seated on the right of the most senior host.
A fellow executive or a fellow employee is introduced to the client. Clients are considered more important than anyone in your organization.
The cutting edge of the blade always faces the center of the plate.
Do not carry anything in your right hand. Your right hand should be free for handshaking.
Leave it on the floor and ask the server to bring you another one.
Ask the server for another one and use the side of your dinner plate or simply pass on having a roll.
Push back your chair, rise from the right side and place the napkin on the seat. Then push in the chair.