“Terrible Tuesday” – Body Language at the Table

One of my biggest pet peeves is seeing someone slumped over and leaned up against the table while at a restaurant.  I’m not sure why it bothers me so much, but I assume it’s the same reason why some people can’t stand for others to bite their nails or pop their gum.  It’s just my thing!  🙂  Anyway, my point is supposed to be that body language at the dinner table does matter and it does reflect negatively upon you if you do not abide by a few rules of body language etiquette. 

1.  Sit up straight at the table, especially if you are in public.

2.  Never sit on or prop up your feet while at the dinner table.

3.  It’s ok to put your elbows on the table ONLY if there is no food in front of you. 

4.  Try not to fiddle with items when at the table.  Simply place your hands in your lap.

5.  Keep a pleasant look on your face.  Never frown, scowl, or show that you are in a bad mood.  It may rub off on those around you.

Do you have a pet peeve that has to do with manners?  I”d love to hear it!

Erin Sharplin Love


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