Houston West Career Development Lesson Addresses Social Skills in a Business Dinner Setting

Contributed by LaShonda Sanders, Business Office Management Instructor

L to R: Students Brittney John, Marvin Vilorio, Karla Salazar, Kayla Gibson, Jessica Diaz.

L to R: Students Brittney John, Marvin Vilorio, Karla Salazar, Kayla Gibson, Jessica Diaz.

For residential degree and diploma programs at Remington College, the curriculum includes a study of career development and social skills. These skills are essential if our graduates are to make a positive impression in today’s world of business.

But opportunities to exercise and develop these skills aren’t just limited to office settings. Consider, for example, the number of interviews and meetings conducted over a business lunch or dinner and the many corporate events that include sit-down meals.

To arm our students with success skills that will help them to make a positive impression both inside and outside the workplace, degree-seeking Business Office Management students at Remington College’s Houston West Campus took part in a classroom lesson on social etiquette in a business dinner setting.(1) This lesson was presented by Director of Career Services James Martin as part of a CD1101 Career Development class in late 2013.

Class Session and Hands-on Practice
During the class, Mr. Martin first explained the basics of how to properly set a dinner table, reviewed dining etiquette do’s and don’ts, and discussed good social skills, appropriate conversation, and proper mannerisms during a business dinner.

L to R: Students Karla Salazar, Marvin Vilorio, Brittney John. Standing: Instructor James Martin.

L to R: Students Karla Salazar, Marvin Vilorio, Brittney John. Standing: Instructor James Martin.

Shortly after the class session, our Houston West degree students put what they learned into action by turning their classroom into a business dinner setting as they helped to plan a hands-on activity to reinforce the skills presented by Mr. Martin.

The students first had to enter the dining area and set up their own table setting correctly. Once they had properly placed their settings, they were required to sit next to someone other than their friends during the dinner event.

The students were surprised to be served by dining staff that included Mr. Martin and Campus President Lori Bankey, Degree Program Chair James Gordon, and Instructors LaShonda Sanders and Lorna Anderson.

As the dinner event took place, each staff member and campus manager in attendance observed and evaluated the students’ mannerisms, table etiquette, and social skills. Later, those observations were discussed in a follow-up class session with students.

Ms. Bankey commented, “It was great to be able to watch our students apply their learning in a realistic setting. And I think they were pleased to be afforded the opportunity to practice and develop these skills as part of their program of study.”

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(1) Employment is not guaranteed for students or graduates.

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