Business & Office Etiquette
People are an important aspect in your own and your business’ success. Countless meaningful and profitable deals have been lost as a result of an unintended violation of good business etiquettes. Many business men have lost sleep over the correct way of conducting themselves amongst peers. Gaining knowledge about correct business manners should be of on the top of your list as well!
First question we need to ask is: what is Etiquette? Simply put anything you can do to put others at ease can be called etiquette. It is about presenting you in a manner considered appropriate by others and depicting yourself as someone who should be taken seriously. For example Japanese business etiquettes dictate certain rules for printing and handling of business cards. And if you don’t these rules, it may mean sayonara!
Today businesses are global entities and many business men travel to and from abroad on regular basis. Questions about the proper dress, dinner table manners, greeting styles are no doubt plentiful in every ones minds. After all, today’s businesses may be international, but the corporate culture of every country is as independent as their language and customs. So how do you know what’s right? The answer: We’ll tell you!
But first; do you know why business etiquettes are so important? Whether you are courting your foreign clients or dealing with a demanding customer; your manners greatly determine how profitable the situation can be. People can’t guess your innate goodness on first meeting, so they undoubtedly judge you on their measure of good manners. But nobody is born with the knowledge of best behaviors.
Learning correct business etiquettes can help you or your employees gain self-assurance to conduct yourselves coolly in high- stress business environments. Fact is people do business with people they like. Using proper business etiquettes you can make sure your guests, clients, colleagues feel like a million bucks around you!
Today’s fast-paced world demands everyone to put their best efforts to test! Your business skills aren’t being tested only at the office. But the Golf Club, Restaurants and even Airports Lounges are an important part of your business culture. Knowing how to conduct yourself at all these venues can make or break a deal!
Are you planning on doing business outside the US? Read our section on International Business Etiquette.