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Manner Monday: How do I “shhhh” my tablemates?

 

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A reader recently submitted a situation and question:  What is the etiquette at banquets during a keynote speech? It is always a temptation to want to chat with the person next to you at a meal, I understand, but not when the speaker is speaking. I find it incredibly uncomfortable to tell people at my table who are talking during the speech to “shhh” it seems so grade-school that anyone should have to do that, but what is the appropriate way to do so? This has happened several times recently. Do you have any suggestions? – Mindy R.

During the next event you attend, I would suggest bringing it up as part of the conversation before the keynote begins.  Something along the lines of “I’m excited to hear today’s speaker. I was shocked during the last luncheon I attended…” commenting on how you could not hear the speaker for everyone carrying on his or her own conversations at your table and throughout the audience.  I think by making it a point of conversation prior to the speaker, will keep it fresh and in the forefront of everyone’s mind.

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4 Comments

  1. David Smooke says:

    It’s a good idea to bring up your excitement for the speaker before the speaker as to establish the expectations of the table.

    On a lighter note, if you really want the speaker to stop talking so that you can talk, Dave Chappelle made a product for that, “The Wrap it Up Box” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfgojI2pUV8

    1. Host says:

      Thanks David for stopping by. I just checked out “The Wrap It Up Box”… hysterical!!! We need an Iphone app version!

  2. Charlie Judy says:

    i always just say, “shut the ‘f up.” typically that doesn’t go over very well, though. thx for setting me straight.

    1. Host says:

      Ummmmmm…. yeah, I’d try the MannerMonday suggestion next time. Might be received a tad bit better 🙂

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