Dining Etiquette in Australia
Meeting with clients over a meal and a good bottle of wine can be the perfect environment to seal a deal, make new connections or build rapport with an investor.
Australian business culture is quite relaxed about social rules, but what if you’re dining with a stickler for manners?
Business Insider spoke to some of Australia’s leading social etiquette experts, Good Manners author Anna Musson, and Margo Ammit, a senior tutor at the famous finishing school June Dally-Watkins.
Many of their pieces of advice will take you by surprise – or even shock you.
For example, they say: “Ladies do not lean. They either sit or stand.” And don’t start on the bread until the food arrives.
Musson and Ammit provided a list of social etiquette tips for guests or hosts to use at a business lunch to ensure everyone is pleased with the outcome of the meeting.
When we put it to Ms Ammit from June Dally-Watkins that many people would be surprised by these rules, she agreed the appropriate etiquette depended on what both parties agreed upon.
She said: “There is etiquette to everything, even McDonalds’.
“For business people, wearing a business suit and eating a sandwich [while walking] in the CBD is not correct etiquette.
“If you choose not to use etiquette, opinions can be made about you – negative opinions about your ability.
“Etiquette is an advantage in business but people don’t have to use it.. and they obviously don’t.”
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