Last update: March 15, 2010

A two-hour session on business etiquette is a good introduction for students and new graduates. It also can help mid-careerists looking for a brush-up.

There was disagreement — polite disagreement — about what to do with those pesky olive pits.

Some luncheon diners in the small St. Paul Hotel banquet room thought it was OK to pile them on the side of one’s plate. But Angelyn Davis prefers concealing the unsightly little discards under parsley, and she looks like someone who just might get the last word on that.

If Davis has ever had a hair out of place, let alone picked up the wrong fork, it was a long time ago — fitting for the woman who runs Etiquette, Et Cetera. She teaches two-hour seminars on good business manners to people who are just entering the job market or looking for a brush-up.

Brothers and college students Matthew and Jared Haider of Forest Lake had been enrolled in the course by their mother, Margee Haider. Both testified that no coercion was involved.

“It’s so important, not just for business, but for when my boys take their girlfriends, and later their wives, out to dinner,” said Mom later, by phone.

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