Posts Tagged ‘business etiquette’

Entertaining and Business Etiquette

By Angela Marshall, 24th Nov 2014
0

10.Table lay out

Business people regularly entertain clients at lunches, dinners and various social events. How many employees will portray the image of their company’s brand and will their personal image fit in with the brand? Having good social skills enhances your personal and professional image and reputation. It can also give you the edge and stand you out from the crowd.

Hosting

The fundamental role of a good host is to make sure your guests are comfortable, relaxed and enjoying themselves. Good etiquette creates an environment that allows everyone to feel at ease.

Dress code: As a host or guest it is always advisable to dress on the side of conservative sensibility: dress well and in good taste and observe any rules. As the host, advise your guests any rules, and provide guidance as to appropriate wear as what you may consider is smart may not be what your guests do and vice a versa. For example – Smart Casual e.g. Men – trousers, jacket and no tie, Women – dress, skirt or trousers and top but no jeans.

Host

The demeanour of the event will very much be lead by you as the host and is the ideal time to show your personality, but at the same time remember you will represent the brand of your company.

Tips:

  1. Arrive approximately 30 minutes before your guests.
  2. Planning – check that everything is organised and planned to your requirements.
  3. Greet everyone with a firm, sincere handshake, a friendly smile and direct eye contact.Kissing on the cheeks should be avoided unless you are close friends, as many people find this uncomfortable..
  4. Introductions – formally, you should introduce lower ranking individuals to higher ranking individuals and it is appropriate to include titles (e.g., Dr., Judge, etc.) and name prefix (e.g., Mr., Mrs. Ms.). If you are on first name terms and in a more relaxed atmosphere then you may prefer to use first names only.
  5. Mingle – mingling amongst your guests is very important but can be nerve wracking. Try to find topics of interest you have in common or gain information of ones you don’t e.g.  your guest may well be a keen rower, and understand the rules more than you. Remember, always smile and look happy to your guests.
  6. Relax and smile – be relaxed otherwise your guests will not relax. Make every effort to show you are enjoying yourself but remember you are there to ensure your guests enjoy themselves.
  7. Partner – when partners are included ensure your partner introduces her or himself and uses the same tips.

If you are new at corporate entertaining, remember it gets easier with practise. Observe good hosts when you are entertained.

If in another country or in unfamiliar territory it is best to do some research. Key is to be relaxed and ensure your guests enjoy the event.

Guest

Tips:

  1. Be on time – Don’t arrive too early or be late, arrive within 10 – 15 minutes of the time given.
  2. Conversation – Listen and avoid interruptions, contribute to conversation and pick topics that involve everyone.
  3. Compliments – give and take compliments gracefully.
  4. Drink – wait to be offered a drink and don’t over indulge on alcohol.
  5. Meal – wait for all guests to receive their food and the host starts their meal.
  6. Thank you – email or text if that is your usual way of corresponding but strictly speaking I always think it is best to write a letter of thanks. You will always be remembered and you show your full appreciation.

Always Be Professional

By Angela, 4th Dec 2009
0

Whatever we do and whoever we see it is important not to let ourselves down and to be professional at all times. Looking good, being polite and having good communicating skills whether in our business or private life can go a long way.

Looking and feeling good affects how you behave. Look like a slob and you are more likely to behave like one.  Look the part, think the part and you will be the part. Now, more than ever people need to be professional in their work and in their home life. Lead my example to your children.

Professional Etiquette

Having good manners is about presenting yourself with the kind of style that shows you can be taken seriously. When you are confident you feel comfortable and behave well to people around you and they in turn feel comfortable around you. Good professional Manners pay off.

Appearance Management covers Etiquette and Manners in their consultations and workshops see more detilas on Etiquette Friday


Welcome to Angela Marshall's Blog. Angela Marshall
"I am in the third phase of my life and having been a successful image consultant for 18 years, I now enjoy the freedom of blogging about life in general, especially fashion, grooming, etiquette and manners." Angela Marshall
Angelas Book - Buy at amazon.co.uk Twitter Angelas Affiliates