Etiquette Tip of the Week: Sip This Quietly

Outside the Culture and Manners Institute, it’s finally warmed up to 8 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s so cold, the squirrels are stuck to the oak tree. But the sun is shining… the same sun that shines on our readers in San Diego, where it will be 67 degrees today. So let’s think warm thoughts about soup etiquette and business meals, because January is National Soup Month.

Let your soup cool: this shows patience (especially in an interview). Do not blow on your soup or use ice from your beverage to cool it.

Dip your spoon in the soup and spoon away from you, not toward you, so you are less likely to splash on yourself.
Sit up straight and bring the soup spoon up to you, not your face down to the soup. Sip quietly out of the side of the spoon.

That tricky French onion soup with its stretchy strands of melted cheese: use your soup spoon to sever the cheese against the side of the soup cup, bowl or crock. (Better yet, order it when you are out with friends and family, but not on business.)

Thank you to our friends at the Culture & Manners Institute for sharing your wisdom with us!