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Seminar to Teach Business Manners

Darton college will offer a course on how to network during stressful business luncheons.

Albany Herald
September 28, 2000

ALBANY -- Ever find yourself at a business lunch and a little uneasy when to talk business? Or, perhaps youíre in a networking situation and are unsure how to present yourself.

A seminar is planned at Darton College to teach the correct things to say or do in business situations.

"Grits to Glitz, The Business of Manners" will be taught 8 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., Nov. 8. Two sessions of "Glitzy Grits," a separate program on formal dining, will be presented at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. the same day. Both sessions last two hours.

The fee for "Grits to Glitz" is $115 per person and includes a networking breakfast. "Glitzy Grits" is limited to six participants per session and costs $166, which includes a full-course meal.

If a company sends five employees to "Grits to Glitz," it will receive one free ticket to "Glitzy Grits."

"Most of us arenít taught in college some of the most basic skills needed in the business world," said Sandra Sacco, Director of the Womenís Center at Darton. "Do you always put your hand out to shake hands when youíre introduced to someone? Knowing the right things to do or say lets us spend more time on business and less time worrying about how to act."

"Grits to Glitz" will teach networking techniques, how to shake hands and make introductions. It will also cover how to examine your personal image and the company image and determine if your image works. The program will also teach how to get a foot in the door and what to do when you get there.

Participants in "Glitzy Grits" will have a formal meal while the instructor offers tips on things to do at the table so dinner guests can concentrate on business. Participants will learn when to arrive, where to sit, which fork to use, when to talk business, who should pay and how and why it matters.

The seminars will be led by Adeodata Czink, president of Toronto-based Business of Manners.

Additional information can be obtained from Sacco at (229) 430-6730. The programs are sponsored by Darton's Women's Center and the Division of Continuing Education