Number 2 on my list of "most asked" etiquette questions includes both business and social quandaries and how to address them. Test yourself by going through this list, then look for the answers in my next weeks post, Real & Simple No. 2: Answers to Your Most Basic Etiquette Questions.
• Is the continental style of eating (fork in the left hand, knife in the right if you're right-handed, and the opposite for lefties) considered correct in the United States?
• Is it okay to arrive late to a dinner party?
• If hosting a lunch for a client, should you choose the location?
• If your friend is disabled, is it okay to ask if he or she needs help?
• Can you use either a fork or a spoon to eat dessert?
• At a formal table setting, what is the correct height for a centerpiece?
• In a formal business letter, is it okay to use the honorific Dear Sir?
• Is the maître d' in charge of the kitchen?
• When you arrive for a business meeting, is it okay to ask for coffee?
• When greeting a client in a restaurant, should you take the lead or let the maître d' seat the client?
Lisa Mirza Grotts is a recognized etiquette expert, an on-air contributor, and the author of A Traveler's Passport to Etiquette. She is a former director of protocol for the city and county of San Francisco and the founder and CEO of The AML Group (Lisagrotts.com), certified etiquette and protocol consultants. Her clients range from Stanford Hospital to Cornell University and Levi Strauss. She has been quoted by Condé Nast Traveler, InStyle magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times. To learn more about Lisa, follow her on Twitter.com/LisaGrotts and Facebook.com/LisaGrotts.