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Dining Etiquette from around the worldMarch 29, 2019 – Educational Event

“Dining & Business Etiquette around the World”

Friday, March 29, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
InterContinental San Diego
San Diego, CA

Be prepared to conduct business in every global market!

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In today’s world, more than 80% of business relationships are formed in social settings. In today's competitive and global job market, technical knowledge is just not enough. Becoming social-savvy will facilitate your interaction with others and make you realize your advantageous position rather than worry about committing a faux pas. Even more important is understanding international dining etiquette. Our behavior at a dining table plays a vital role on how our business connections will perceive us. Becoming glass, china and silverware savvy allows you to concentrate on developing contacts without worrying about whether or not you are using the right utensil!

Here’s a few key points you’ll explore during the session:

  • First impressions are lasting impressions
  • Introductions and business card presentation
  • Appearance, Grooming, Clothing
  • Business Entertainment
  • Styles of Eating around the World
  • The ABCs of Global Dining Etiquette – The “Dos and Don’ts”
  • Gratuities and Service Regularities

About our Presenter

Margaret Develey is a consultant, speaker and writer. Her company, The Develey International Group, specializes in Business Etiquette, Dining Styles and International Protocol, in which she was trained and certified by The Protocol School of Washington, DC. She has a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts and is a Certified Meeting Professional. Her mission is to share her knowledge of Business Protocol and Dining Etiquette with professionals in the Hospitality Industry; an industry she has enjoyed being a part of for more than two decades.

Margaret Develey - Business Etiquette


9:15 – 10:30 AM Young Leader Program
10:30 – 11:30 AM Registration & Networking Reception
• Bar (wine, beer, soft drinks – other liquors hosted at hotel’s discretion)
• Heavy passed hors d’oeuvres – full lunch not served.
11:30 – 12:30 PM Educational Presentation
General Session & Educational Presentation
  No Lunch

Spotlight Charity

GenerateHope is a safe place for survivors of sex trafficking to heal and find restoration in long-term housing and trauma-informed therapy, education, and vocational support. Since recovery from sexual exploitation is a long-term process, GenerateHope provides safety, community, and individualized life skills support to work through the deep trauma and discover a healthy, purpose-filled life.

Donation Drive:

  • Mid-Length Robes (XS-XXL)
  • New Backpacks
  • New Usable Water Bottles

Gift Cards to:

  • Walmart
  • Target
  • Costco
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Home Depot
  • Vons
  • Amazon
  • iTunes

Venue Information

Exclusive to InterContinental Meetings, our Insider Collection provides a range of delegate experiences that are rooted in the destination and draw on our unrivalled local knowledge to create truly engaging, personalized meetings and events. These are carefully chosen to energize delegates with locally-inspired and authentic experiences, whilst ensuring the high service levels that people have come to expect from InterContinental Hotels & Resorts. Tailored to each occasion, these can range from interactive off-site team-building activities through to stimulating local speakers, or the opportunity for delegates to contribute to projects that benefit the surrounding community and environment.

Parking: $10 Self Parking $20 Valet parking

This Event Sponsored by:

  Visit Santa Barbara

When Friday, March 29, 2019
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Where InterContinental San Diego
901 Bayfront Point
San Diego, CA 92101
Dress Code Business Casual

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