Tag Archives: bodyguard etiquette

Dinner Party Etiquette for the Executive Protection Agent

Bodyguard Blogs new ongoing feature on Etiquette & Protocol.  Like any other profession, image is important in our business and first impressions are lasting ones.  Knowing how to shoot is great, but if you can not get a second interview with an employer, all those great skills might go to waste.  To assist, we’ve once again enlisted the services of writer and etiquette coach, Susanne Dancer.

_

Q:  I occasionally need to attend formal dinner parties with my Principal. What’s the best way to navigate the meal without looking out of place? – Chester Balley, Close Protection Agent, NY

A: The best rule of thumb to navigate a formal meal is start from the outside and work your way in. So in simple terms when looking at cutlery, start from the outside and work your way into the centre.

In terms of the Courses, it usually goes: entrees or soup, mains, desserts and sometimes cheese. To your left is your bread and butter plate and knife. Above the knives are the glasses.

Alcoholic beverages such as wine or champagne usually accompany most formal dinning, however in the Executive Protection industry, I should hope it goes without saying to never drink on duty.  I would even go so far as to say you should also avoid dark or carbonated non-alcoholic drinks served in the same glassware as other guest who are drinking as it might give the wrong perception to a client.

If the menu is a-la-carte (as in restaurant meal) pick things that are not messy and both easy to eat, and digest.  (Of course that means pasta is usually off the menu).  Try and make sure you finish before the client does as keeping the VIP waiting is a no-no.

Bon appétit!

Additional websites for reference:

http://whatscookingamerica.net/Menu/DiningEtiquetteGuide.htm

http://www.etiquettescholar.com/

http://www.calumet.purdue.edu/careerservices/dining.html

Previously:  Tipping Etiquette for Executive Protection Agents

Previously:  The Bodyguard Wardrobe

Susanne Dancer is a former butler and administrator who has trained with the Guild of Professional English Butlers.  Her work in Etiquette has taken her from Brisbane to London with an emphasis on International Protocol.  She is regularly consulted as an expert in her field on subjects such as how to dress appropriately while working with High Net Worth individuals, and the delicate subject of table manners.

Have an etiquette question for Susan?  Ask it HERE.

207504_1014744883160_2532_n

 

Susanne Dancer

Etiquette Questions for the Executive Protection Agent

Introducing Bodyguard Blogs new ongoing feature on Etiquette & Protocol.  Like any other profession, image is important in our business and first impressions are lasting ones.  Knowing how to shoot is great, but if you can not get a second interview with an employer, all those great skills might go to waste.  To help with this, we brought in the big guns, namely writer and etiquette coach, Susanne Dancer.

_

Q: What’s the best type of suit for an EP agent to wear? (Fabric? Single or double breasted? Color?)  –Larry W. Texas

A: The best suit fabric for any suit is wool as there two weights available: summer or tropical, such as worsted which is the most common weight used for suits and winter such as tweed or flannel.  Linen suits might look good for the first half  hour, but do not wear well in an EP environment.

The recommended colours for suits are navy, gray, charcoal and black if you can wear it plain wool, herringbone, pin stripe or chalk stripe without giving off that “hit man bodyguard” look.

Buy the best you can afford and always get an extra pair of pants with a suit.  Try on different styles and colours along with plain or striped to see what suits you based off of skin tone, weight and height.

Always go with a single breasted suit.  Double breasted might be making a fashion come back but also would be a hindrance for the Close Protection Agent as you cannot wear it unbuttoned without it looking sloppy.

A three piece can look good but requires a degree of confidence to pull off.  Also it can help to provide some additional concealment for body armour for hazardous situations.   There are some options to a normal waist coat such as the Stab Vest from PPSS featured in a recent edition of The Circuit Magazine.

Remember if you do wear a weapon or other gear (i.e. radios) as part of your assignments remember to bring it with you and wear it when you are getting suits fitted.  It also would not hurt to make friends with a reliable tailor,  as it makes all the difference when it comes to getting alterations on short notice.

Susanne Dancer is a former butler and administrator who has trained with the Guild of Professional English Butlers.  Her work in Etiquette has taken her from Brisbane to London with an emphasis on International Protocol.  She is regularly consulted as an expert in her field on subjects such as how to dress appropriately while working with High Net Worth individuals, and the delicate subject of table manners.

Have an etiquette question for Susan?  Ask it HERE.