I’d like to talk about doing lunch with a coworker.
It’s a social exercise that can be awkward when you’re starting out after getting your first job.
The drawback is having to be “on” even when you feel like you’re not up to conversing fluently.
Some observations might help:
Simply observing manners will buy you time.
It benefits us to take careful bites and place the fork down before taking another bite. Pausing between forkfuls or between bites of a sandwich will give you time to plan what you want to say.
Thinking through your response will help you choose your words carefully too.
It’s also a good segue because you have time to actively listen to what the other person is saying without interrupting. Waiting your turn to speak is a great social habit.
Years ago–too long ago to count–I bought the Kate Spade book Manners.
Checking out of the library a modern etiquette book could be a great strategy after you’ve been made a job offer and accepted it.
For us ladies I recommend the Michelle Phan book Makeup: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success Online and Off.
In the next blog entry I’ll talk about another way to arm yourself for success on the job.
This could most of all benefit first-time job seekers.