You need to know business etiquette especially if you are networking at a networking meeting or if you are attending a client’s party or social event.
It is true that some are not used to this idea, especially those who network for a living and are used to going to networking events.
Some people talk to you first to get to know what you do and they want to know who you work for. Their mind is focused on “what is in for me” – they think about how you can help them advance their careers and grow their business. If they are selling something, they think about how you can be a potential client and customer i.e. to increase their sales.
Halfway during the conversation, if they conclude that you aren’t of any use, you’ll be ignored or “dropped off their mental list” almost visibly.
They’ll excuse themselves then almost forcefully break into another conversation to meet someone else who fits the criteria above.
Asking, Giving and Receiving Business Cards
Give with both hands and receive with both hands.
When you receive it, pause a moment and look at it before you put it away.
Do not put the business card in your wallet.
Do not write anything on the business card
Do your work quietly and efficiently. Don’t tell anyone how hard you’ve worked, or stay late in the office to try to impress people.
Ladies use make up to look professional
Personal grooming is a must.
Don’t look haggard or disheveled from having to come in to the office early or stay late the night before.
Dress well. Look like you are going somewhere after work. Co-workers and bosses are actually more impressed by well-rounded people who get their work done during business hours and have a healthy social life.
Business Dining Etiquette
Entertaining for business involves business meal etiquette or business dining etiquette. Socializing with business associates provides work and business to be discussed in a relaxed atmosphere.
Business etiquette is important because it gives you the confidence of knowing what to do at all times. You will know how to behave and be at ease.
This will be the mark of an elegant person at work.
Basic courtesies and professional behaviour apply to business dining etiquette.
Though in a non office environment, one should always employ her best table manners, not have too much to drink, laugh too loudly, tell crude jokes, ask about your guests’ personal life, be inappropriate and be overly casual, dress professionally or appropriately.