Learning dating etiquette
Founded and directed by Myka Meier, Beaumont Etiquette bills itself as a contemporary finishing program "based on Western etiquette," though the courses are intended to "reflect today's global society." The two-hour class I signed up for promised to focus on date prep, dining etiquette, conversation tips, body language reading, confidence development, and more. Two hours and two experts later, I had learned a lot.But please, take the do's and don'ts below with a grain of salt, because a) can anyone charity function and you're trying to meet people, make sure you stand with your chin parallel to the floor, your shoulders back, and with good posture.Rather, the most common way to meet new romantic candidates is through friends and acquaintances.The logic is that if someone you already know tells you that you should consider a new dating prospect, chances are much higher that the date will go well than if you were to consider dating a stranger who knows nothing about you (except that they like the way you look).
If, hypothetically, you showed up 20 minutes after you were supposed to, a gentleman should say, "No, I made the reservation too early." I like this piece of etiquette.However, if your date shows up fashionably late, you are technically not supposed to make a big deal about it—"for the sake of the date," says Meier. According to Meier, 45% of the lovelorn Google their potential mate before a date.Get ahead of the awkwardness that would occur when your would-be boo discovers your old Tumblr and just delete that sh*t.If someone asks you a question and you have to chew for 15 seconds before you're ready to answer, you've taken too big a bite.Oh, and you're only supposed to take four bites of food MAX before setting your cutlery down and "resting." And I would get into the way you're supposed to hold your fork and knife, but it's complicated so this lady can show you. If you invited the body across the table from you, traditional etiquette says the check is on you.
Last week I had the pleasure of attending a dating etiquette class at The Plaza.