How you conduct yourself at work, around clients or in meetings says loads about your professionalism. Understanding business etiquette is critical to presenting yourself as a top flight professional that others want to work with and be around.
First impressions! On average, people form opinions of us in about 7 seconds.
What's more surprising is how many people make their minds up after an initial interaction. It's an astonishing 83%!
So how do you put your best foot forward, especially in a professional environment? The best way is to adopt good #businessetiquette practices.
Displaying professional business etiquette principles gives you an edge over others who are quick to judge or misread you and your intentions.
Here is a list of simple, yet highly effective things to do that convey a well-developed sense of #professionalism that other people will recognize.
1. Remember people's names.
2. Introduce others.
3. Introduce yourself with a handshake (yes,
handshaking will make a comeback)
4. Make eye contact and smile.
5. Don't dominate conversations.
6. Monitor your use of language.
7. Relay facial cues that show you are listening.
8. Display good table manners.
9. Proofread emails before sending them.
10. Show up on time.
There are many more etiquette tips covering a host of situations that are worth researching. You don't have to master them all, just the ones that will position you the best in most of your business interactions.
There is nothing worse than being at the top of your game professionally but suffering from bad etiquette PR.
We all want to be thought of as competent, valuable and worthy of admiration. Don't give others a reason to discount who you are before they have had a chance to work with you.
Steve Smith and Travis Smith are experienced professionals with a combined 55 years in business. They are also father and son. Together, they explore the many facets of professional development and business success.