Getting ahead in the business world doesn’t only rely on your skills. In fact, business etiquette plays an important role in helping everyone move forward: improves relationships, offers more chances for promotions and gives you higher hopes for being hired or employed. To be successful, you must find a way to reflect your skills and charms in a very professional way.
Let’s see some tips for effective etiquette:
- In business, communication is one of the main factors. All relations are built on good communication based on the appropriate etiquette. The most important part is listening. You must learn to never speak when others are speaking; just make eye contact, reflect your focus and attention, then speak when you get the chance.
- Etiquette in meetings is also an important factor. You must arrive on time, or even a couple of minutes earlier, when you are a member in a meeting. Do not forget to bring your notebook or any other tool you use to take notes.
- Make sure you wear the appropriate clothes at work. The way you dress must be professional. Do not forget to wear clean and pressed clothes. Reflect a good impression by the way you dress, and make sure to wear suits and ties, skirts and chemises, or whatever reflects high levels of professionalism.
- Be polite when speaking to others, whether by mail or face-to-face. Use words that reflect politeness, such as “Excuse me”, “Thank you”, and “Would you?”… This will show how respectful you are and makes you a pleasant person to work with.
- It is important to show good behavior when others are speaking: put aside your phone, do not be interrupted by anything else and just focus on what the person has to say.
- Firm handshakes give a very good impression when meeting new people in the business field. When meeting someone from another country, make sure to be aware of their business greeting traditions, since they differ from one country or culture to another.
- When having a business dinner, lunch or breakfast, you must know some tableside manners, such as, only speaking when mouth empty, using napkins to wipe your hands and not your clothes and never placing stuff like bags and documents on the table.
- Be careful for your voice tone when speaking to others. Keep it neutral, even when you disagree or when you are posing a conflicting idea.
- After done business talks with a client or co-worker, it would be very appropriate to send them a thank-you email, mentioning how much their company or hard work impresses you.