Ever felt that you didn't make the right impression in a business interaction? What did you feel was the reason why things did not go as well as expected? Everyone has off days, yet do you find that you have more off days than days when you are on point?
Business etiquette is an important yet often overlooked area for many professionals. Those who have realized great success in their careers have likely mastered this art. Issues such as phone, email, meeting, social media, dining etiquette or just how to conduct yourself at business functions are some of the areas that require special attention. Modern day issues such as how to deal with diversity, international etiquette, digital etiquette, written communication all add up to making the right impressions.
If you find that you feel awkward in professional settings because you don't quite understand the rules of etiquette, spend some time reflecting on what your specific issues are. Perhaps it's learning what are the appropriate things to say or not say during a business interaction, or should you post that scantily clad photo of yourself sipping on a tequila to your public instagram or even which glass you should be using when sitting in a formal dining setting with your colleagues. Whatever it is, there is a plethora of information available to help you sort through the confusion. But I get it, where you do you even begin?
Etiquette tends to get a bad rap because for young professionals it can seem like your grandmother wagging her finger at you for not saying please and thank you. However, modern rules of etiquette focuses less on the stuffy, old fashion norms and more on encouraging us to conduct ourselves in a way that makes people in our presence feel comfortable, valued and respected. When we learn the principles of connection and influcence, it becomes easier to avoid gaffes that could leave a negative impression on our personal brand.
Do you understand the rules of etiquette? Stay tuned to this blog for presence tips that will help you to navigate through the often confusing world of business.
Best to you,