Career Service’s 11th Annual Etiquette Dinner

In an effort to become well-rounded professionals, the LEAP Ambassadors were eager to attend Career Service’s Annual Etiquette Dinner. Some Ambassadors had previously attended the Etiquette Dinner while others were exposed to it for the first time. However, we all knew that we would gain a lot from this experience, especially since it was being led by Diane Gottsman, a world renowned etiquette specialist and founder of The Protocol School of Texas. The dinner was bound to be engaging and insightful!

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Career Services Etiquette Dinner. Dianne Gottsman

Our meal began by learning where and how to place napkins on our lap.  The straight edge of the napkin belongs parallel to your waistline in order to best protect your clothing. We also learned a cool tip on how to see which bread and drink were yours. To determine which drink is yours and which bread plate is yours, Ms. Gottsman taught us to make the letters “b” and “d” with our hands which would show you which side your bread and drink will be. This little trick lessened our anxiety and gave us a clever way to remember the placement for the future.

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Career Services Etiquette Dinner. Dianne Gottsman

Our first course was served; meatball soup. In order to properly eat soup, you spoon the soup from the side to glide the liquid onto the bowl of the spoon. For creamy soup, we learned you eat from the side of the spoon. For chunky soup, you eat the soup from the front of the spoon.

During the main course of the meal, we learned how to hold our silverware properly. There are two dominant ways to hold the silverware, American and European style. American style is typically loud because of the scraping of the silverware against the plates whereas European style is a cleaner and quieter way of using your utensils. For European style, you hold the utensil with your index finger on the spine to glide it while cutting or bringing food to your mouth. We practiced with our chicken, mashed potatoes, and green beans. The meal was wonderful practice! While we are not experts after eating one meal, we certainly gained valuable practice.

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Career Services Etiquette Dinner. Dianne Gottsman

Our third course (and possibly everyone’s favorite!) was dessert. We had a mix of strawberry cheesecake and chocolate fudge cake. We continued practicing our eating style and learned some helpful tips for networking and job interviews. The discussion ranged from appropriate interview attire to what to order during an interview over a meal.

The dinner quickly passed as we tried to soak up all the knowledge we could. The Career Services Etiquette Dinner was a great event! We learned new etiquette and brushed up on what we previously learned. Diane Gottsman provided a comfortable learning environment for us all to learn without fear of embarrassing ourselves. Thank you to Diane Gottsman, Vinessa Mundorff, and Career Services for the opportunity to learn!

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Career Services Etiquette Dinner. Dianne Gottsman



Author: mikeyawn

Mike Yawn teaches at Sam Houston State University. In the past few years, he has taught courses on Politics & Film, Public Policy, the Presidency, Media & Politics, Congress, Statistics, Research & Writing, Field Research, and Public Opinion. He has published academic papers in the Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Social Security Quarterly, Film & History, American Politics Review, and contributed a chapter to the textbook Politics and Film. He also contributes columns, news analysis, and news stories to newspapers such as the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express News, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time, Huron Daily Tribune, Laredo Morning Times, Beaumont Enterprise, Connecticut Post, and Midland Reporter Telegram. Yawn is also active in his local community, serving on the board of directors of the local YMCA and Friends of the Wynne. Previously, he served on the Huntsville's Promise and Stan Musial World Series Boards of Directors. In 2007-2008, Yawn was one of eight scholars across the nation named as a Carnegie Civic Engagement Scholar by the Carnegie Foundation.

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