Table etiquette or table manners are so neglected in today’s world. In this and in next articles I will talk about etiquette and I will try to sharpen your skills in this domain. If you have some more questions not covered by this list, write it down in the comments section and I will be glad to answer.
These skills are something that can easily be thought but it takes practice before it becomes natural to you. You can be the most handsome guy in the world and have loads of money but if you don’t know how to handle yourself you won’t go very far. People will perceive you differently and they will look at you with more respect if you know how to properly behave at the table, on the street, in business meetings, anywhere where there is some sort of social interaction.
In their manners the Russians exhibit their usual failure to do anything by halves.
They will apologise instantly if they interrupt you in mid-sentence, kiss your hand if you are a woman, help you find your way if you are lost in a city by actually going with you to your destination, however far it takes them out of their way.
But the country isn't completely opaque as far as customs and traditions go.No-one finds it necessary to listen in silence while someone makes a speech at a formal social occasion.At an inaugural dinner and prize-giving of a major cultural award by a Western European company none of the Russian intelligentsia accepted their place settings, and chaos prevailed as literary and other luminaries roamed around the dining hall moving chairs and making non-sense of the carefully-organized seating plan.When visiting Poland it is important to know some of the ancient Polish ways.It is a country with a lot of history and culture where traditional customs are highly appreciated.