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What to do When Invited to a Formal Party

Business Etiquette at TalkShop
When one receives an invite to a formal party, thoughts immediately turn to what to wear. The invite bears the clues – formality of the invitation, time of day, venue, and even suggested attire. The mind wanders anxiously to clothes and accessories that will be suitable for the occasion. Yet, it doesn’t end there. A formal occasion is an exercise in social graces and etiquette that one can only enjoy with the proper training.

Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO, recommends Etiquette and Social Graces 101. Beyond formal wear, she offers these suggestions to be a good guest at formal affairs:

1. Dress suitably for the event. When unsure, be able to check with the host.
2. For set dinner, being late for even 5 minutes is inexcusable. Inform your host that you will be late to allow him to decide to start without you. However, never arrive too early to a party either.
3. At a seated dinner, follow the seating arrangement set by your host. Do not swap place cards.
4. At a seated dinner, engage people seated beside you in pleasant conversation.
5. Eat and drink moderately.
6. Be considerate. Smoke outside. Leave the washroom clean after use.
7. Be pleasant to servers and wait staff. Say “thank you,” “excuse me,” and other courteous expressions whenever appropriate.
8. Be gracious. Compliment the food, décor, garden, etc.
9. Should you break anything, inform the host and volunteer to pay or have it repaired.
10. Depart with the rest. Do not linger.
11. Thank your host for a wonderful time and follow through with a thank you note through text or email the following day.
12.  Learn to be a guest that hosts will keep asking back to parties. Deal with all sorts of situations with grace and confidence.

Sheila Viesca informs, “Fine Dining is an elaborate exercise from start to finish that calls for adherence to certain traditional values, good manners, and social graces. It starts out with the basic lessons and moves on to the fun part – the experiential learning at a choice venue where students apply the lessons on fine dining. The lessons prove invaluable for teens and professionals who are aiming for personal style and polish.”

www.talkshop.ph | (632) 894 5588 | “Social Graces”

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Posted by Sheila Viesca
Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication finished her bachelor degree in Literature, masters in Entrepreneurship, and doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN, and Google+

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