Greg Bennett's Rambling Thought on Successful Selling #71: When Eating at the Big Round Table, Remember B. M. W.
How evolved am I socially? Not vary. Truth be told, I'd say I'm functioning just above the orangutan level. So when I'm thrust into social/business settings I'm often in need of guidance on what you do and what you don't do.
For instance, when attending a social or business banquet and you're sitting down at the proverbial round table...what is your "stuff" and what belongs to the schlub next to you? I get the fact that my food is on the plate in front of me, it's the other things that confuse me...MY water or HIS water? My roll or HIS roll? etc.
So I heard this little ditty years ago and it stuck, so I'll share it here:
Just remember, from left to right it's BMW...Bread, meal, water.
I've also discovered that the majority of the other folks at the table (especially the men) are also in need of guidance and appreciate my sophisticated BMW tip. Of course I blow the Mr. Smooth facade two minutes later when I yell "All Aboard" when the gravy boat gets passed around. Oh well...once an ape...