Are you experiencing a tempestuous, relational impasse at work or a critical business deal you felt was going to sink you? Every Meal Has a Silver Lining: Developing Long-term Relationships Over Food and Drink by new author Douglas A. Avery navigates those stormy waters with twelve chapters designed to hone your relational-building skills over breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even drinks. How do you discreetly celebrate the personal, nutritional, or religious uniquenesses of others around the table with you? What conversations are appropriate and which ones do you avoid? How do you make your guest feel at ease or how do you make your host/hostess feel appreciated? What about follow up? Because communal dining in every culture carries with it specific psychological and emotional implications, Every Meal Has a Silver Lining analyzes these expectations through the use of personal and professional stories. Each chapter is short, easy to read, and designed to be comprehended independently of the others. While not a twelve-step book, Every Meal Has a Silver Lining uncovers unique principles that, combined with the intelligence of the reader, is certain to set you on the right path to developing positive, long-term relationships that go well beyond your work space.