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Mobile Phone Manners

In Main by treska roden

Mobile phone manners are a constant source of annoyance probably more than anything else. I am sure you have you wondered whether you should take that mobile phone call when in a meeting or call someone just to pass the time while in a queue. Good manners never go out of style and although our life is so different to …

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Business Etiquette: Does It Really Matter Today?

In Corporate Etiquette, Main by treska roden

Statistics reveal that you require 15% technical skills and 85% social business skills and etiquette to advance in your career. There are plenty of stories about how a person was fired for breaching good etiquette at work. Etiquette is about treating people with consideration, respect and honesty.  You can still be assertive and a go-getter. In the workplace, poor etiquette …

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Being Likeable In Business – Learn How to Achieve It

In Main by treska roden

The new phrase going around is that being likeable in business has taken over from being ruthless in business.

The way to be likeable is to practice business etiquette. Whether you are an employer or an employee, business etiquette is more important today than ever before.

It is what sets you and your company apart from the competition.

If you have an harmonious office environment you will increase productivity. No matter how good your business skills, people prefer to do business with someone they like. Small things like returning phone calls and e-mails promptly show your commitment to your customers and colleagues alike.

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The Fist Bump Vs Shaking Hands

In Main by treska roden

The latest trend in the US and Canada is to fist bump rather than shaking hands. The reason is to help prevent the spread of germs with open hand to open hand contact. It will be interesting to see whether this trend takes off here. It is hard to imagine two businessmen in their suits and ties giving each other fist bumps but it certainly does make sense when we consider the number of dangerous germs floating around.

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What to do with Your Serviette

In Main by treska roden

I am often asked what to do with a serviette if a person has to leave the table for a few minutes. There are two acceptable places to put the used serviette – one is on your chair – either on the seat of the chair or the back of the chair and the other is to fold it so that the food stains are not showing and to put it on the left hand side of your plate. I favour the second option as chairs are not really hygienic and you don’t want to wipe your mouth with a serviette that has been on a non-hygienic surface. However, people who prefer to put it on their chair say that it is not polite to put a used serviette on the table while other people are eating. So you can take your pick as to what to do with your serviette – both are correct.