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Proper etiquette


Etiquette is the code that outlines how you should conduct yourself in any given situation.

Like other areas of your personal and professional life, there are etiquette rules that govern networking, especially when it comes to making a great first impression.{{more}}

Let’s look at the rules for first impressions, as you never get a second chance to make a great first impression. Everyone has heard that cliché. However, many people still blow a first impression with errors that can be fixed easily.

  • Wear an outfit that is clean, neat, well fitting, and appropriate for the event.
  • Practice good personal hygiene. Always carry breath mints; check your body odor; and avoid applying too much cologne, perfume, or makeup.
  • Learn how to give a strong handshake.

A good handshake is clean, dry, web-to-web, and firm. Make eye contact and pump twice.

  • Spend most of your time listening and observing. Keep the conversation positive, uplifting, and complimentary.

(Choose topics carefully and stay informed on local, national, and international business. A list of other safe conversation starters is provided later in the book.)

  • Smile. A smile creates a warm and inviting atmosphere that will build excellent rapport with almost anyone.
  • Be confident, not arrogant.
  • Be knowledgeable about the person and situation.
  • Show interest in others and ask questions, but do not interrogate.
  • Arrive on time or even early. Nothing is more annoying than a tardy, disruptive person.
  • Use a professional tone of voice. How you speak is as important as what you say.
  •  Don’t attend a function hungry.

That way, you can concentrate on networking, not the food.

  •  Address people by their names and take the time to pronounce the names correctly. Ask the pronunciation if you don’t know it. Always place your nametag on your right shoulder.

Karen Hinds President/CEO –
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