Top Ten Business Etiquette Behaviors
I wanna leave you today with some information about the top ten business etiquette tips. This is the walk away tip sheet that's gonna help summarize the messages that we've delivered throughout this course. When I'm teaching in person, I print this up on a little card with the top ten business tips on one side and the top ten dining etiquette tips on the other and it's designed to be that tangible, physical reminder that you carry with you, that you leave in your desk drawer, that reminds you about the commitment that you made as you sat and listened and invested the time in thinking about business etiquette. When you said to yourself, "Boy, I could write a few more thank you notes," this might help you to remember to do that. The first tip emphasizes that manner, that behavior, that expectation around punctuality, around honoring time commitments and contracts. A day late and a dollar short, time is money. Use please and thank you, I can't over-emphasize the importance of magic words.
What are some other magic words that are critically important? You're welcome pairs very nicely with thank you. Other magic words, I'm sorry, excuse me, pardon me. Those work really well when you're thinking about tip number six, take responsibility. A really effective way to take responsibility is to apologize when you make a mistake. Then also commit to not repeating that mistake and don't do it again. Present yourself for the job you want. Attire, attitude, and effort. Appearance, actions, and words. Take care, take care with how you present yourself. Take pride in your appearance, take pride in the work that you do, people will notice. She's so put together. He's so invested. It becomes part of your personal brand, it becomes part of the story that you tell about your work. Harness the power of the compliment. They're free and they make people feel good. Fight those demeaning or superior attitudes in yourself. I don't need this, I'm good at what I do. These people don't understand how hard I work around here. Be prepared. Take time, take care. Participate well. Focus particularly on etiquette for greetings, table manners, and workspace issues. Honor relationships. Think about the arc of relationships. Prepare yourself ahead of time. Pay attention to how you initiate or begin relationships, the communication that you use to sustain them, and then part or exit relationships well. The ways that we share food, the ways that we participate in the most fundamental, social ritual of sharing food say a lot about us. Think about the manners for dining and the table as well. Prioritize relationships. Do that by embracing the principles of etiquette, consideration, respect, and honesty, and you will be in great shape no matter what situation you find yourself in or who you're interacting with. No matter how other people feel about your behavior, if you're behaving in a way that's consistently considerate, respectful, and honest, you can feel good about how you conduct yourself. I wanna conclude today by thanking you for your time and attention. I've said repeatedly I think human attention is a gift and I appreciate the gift that you've given me here today. I wish you great success in your future endeavors wherever life takes you. Take good care, thank you so much for being here, I really appreciate it.