Business Etiquette Rules Every Professional Dude Should Know

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1) Dress for the occasion

It goes a long way to find out what the dress code is at the event, meeting, or restaurant you’re going to (don’t guess) and make sure your attire falls within the guidelines/vibe. Don’t be that guy with the blazer at a bbq.

 

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2) Stand when you’re being introduced to someone

When you stand you’re establishing your presence and showing interest. People will ignore you if you don’t stand, and may send the wrong message. If you are caught off guard and can’t stand, lean forward to indicate that you would stand, if you could. This is a MUST if it is someone senior to you, or a female (show some respect!).

 

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3) Always say your full name

When you’re in a business situation use your full name when introducing yourself. While you should always pay attention to how others want to be introduced, it’s a good rule of thumb.

 

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4) Greet people at work

Say “hello” and “good morning” to people you know and don’t know. The person that you say ‘hello’ to on the way to the meeting may be the person sitting across from you at that exact meeting. And if someone says ‘hello’ to you, you have to say’ ‘hello’ back. C’mon dude, this is not optional.

 

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5) Use professional head shots

Always post professional and appropriate photographs on LinkedIn and your other professional sites. It’s important that you look like a credible, approachable person — not like you just came from the beach or the club.

 

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6) If you forget someone’s name, admit it

Forgetting names happens. IF it happens to you, be upfront and say “I’m so sorry, I’ve forgotten your name”, or “Your face is so familiar, I just can’t recall your name”. Don’t make it more awkward than it needs to be by avoiding it.

 

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7) Send separate thank-you notes to everyone involved

You should send thank-you notes within 24 hours, and you should send separate notes to everyone you want to thank. Again, this is something I hate to do, especially if I already thanked you in person. But sometimes it’s the courtesy and the thought that make all the difference.

 

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8) Keep your fingers together when you point

Point with an open palm, and keep your fingers together. If you point with your index finger, it appears aggressive.

 

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9) Leave your phone in your pocket

Seriously dude. We are in a connected and digital generation, but avoid taking your phone out during meetings. While it’s tempting to text or e-mail, you will be noticed and it comes across as very rude.

 

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10) Order the same amount as your guest/host

If your guest or host orders an appetizer or dessert, make sure you follow suit. It’s rude to make them feel uncomfortable by eating a course alone. Plus food is awesome, so why waste an excuse to eat more than you need.

 

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11) Don’t order anything too expensive

If you order an expensive steak or lobster you might come across as taking advantage of your host. Same with going overkill on drinks.

 

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12) Always double check that you have selected the correct email recipient

Selecting the wrong recipient is a more common occurrence than you might think. Make sure to double-check the ‘To’ line on every e-mail and save yourself some embarrassment.

 

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13) Know where to find plates and silverware

Food is placed to the left of the dinner plate. The words “food” and “left” each have four letters; if the table is set properly, your bread or salad or any other food dish, will be placed to the left of your dinner plate. Similarly, drinks are placed to the right of the dinner plate, and the words “glass” and “right” contain five letters.

 

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14) Never ask for a to-go box

It might be tempting to take those leftovers for midnight munchies, but you are there for business, not for the leftovers. Doggie bags are okay for family dinners but not during professional occasions.

 

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15) Never pull out someone’s chair for them

While holding the door for a guest is acceptable, pulling someones chair out is not – regardless of gender. It can be oddly emasculating and belittling to the person whose chair is being pulled out.

 

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16) Remember the host should always pay

Whoever did the inviting needs to pay the bill, again regardless of gender. Almost more importantly – never fight over the bill. Expenses, man.

 

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17) Only say “thank you” once or twice during a conversation

If you overuse the term ‘thank you’ during a conversation, you tend to dilute its impact and can come across as somewhat helpless and needy.

 

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18) Stay sober

Do not get intoxicated at any type of business-social activity. Jobs have been lost and careers have been ruined because people got drunk and said or did things that were inappropriate. Save your excessive drinking for afterwards with your friends.

 

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19) Prepare a polite exit

Remember to leave when you are talking. At that point, you are in control, and it is a much smoother exit. It’s also a good tactic to have “exit lines” prepared in case you need to leave a conversation.

 

 

 

Original story via BusinessInsider

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