On November 21, the Student Affairs Office organized a workshop on dining etiquette for members of the Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA).
Vice President for Campus Life & Dean of Student Affairs, Byron Bullock, told the students the importance of knowing what is expected of them at banquets, weddings, receptions, or significant fundraising events.
Many of the ELA sessions are held in the evenings, usually immediately after dinner at AUN Hotel. During this dinner, students served themselves from a variety of foods provided. However, in this session, they were served by the Hotel staff. Dean Bullock said it is a preparation for what they would experience in the real world.
“I want you to imagine that you are at some major banquet somewhere and that you have no choice of what is being served.”
Director of the Center for Leadership, Elon University, North Carolina, Melanie Bullock, who facilitated the workshop, explained how the students can navigate the table while functions requiring them to meet with high-level professionals.
She reminded them that such professional dining is a networking opportunity that could result in them handing in their resumes to potential employers. As such, she maintained, it is not about the food.
She spoke on how to enter a room, how to give a handshake, tips to help remember people’s names, dining dos and don’ts, how to give a toast, and writing a thank-you note, among other issues.
There was also a session for practicing the power pose. Timipre Brigham, a student, said she learned there is a need to be mindful of the way each item of cutlery is used and to be courteous during dining.
Another student, Odinaka Okemini, said it was another opportunity to learn something new--the purpose of each item of the cutlery. “I never knew that a spoon is not meant for eating rice.”
Reported by Omorogbe Omorogiuwa