Business meetings are one area in which poor etiquette can have really negative effects. No matter what your job entails or where you work, knowing meeting-etiquette rules should be a priority. Meetings provide you an opportunity to shine in front of your clients, coworkers, and superiors. You can demonstrate your meeting manners in quite a few ways with positive results.
Business meals and parties
The business world can be quite overwhelming, even if you never leave the office. When entertaining enters into the business mix, it's easy to get confused about what is appropriate and what is not. The goal of mixing business with pleasure is to create a warm social atmosphere even with the necessary business undertones. Business entertaining is a way to foster personal trust and confidence in others and is the fastest-growing way to do business. From staff breakfasts to working lunches to cocktail receptions for clients, being in your best business form at any meal really pays off.
Table manners can make the difference between getting that promotion or not, and between closing that business deal or not. Fortunately, old habits can be changed if you want to change them; all it takes is some effort.
Conferences, trade shows, off-site activities, and other events
Conferences and trade shows may masquerade as chances to update the status of a project or to catch up on industry developments, but they're really a way to find out about and measure other people. These events give you an opportunity to shine in front of your superiors and your peers. Industry events are also great places to make contacts in your field and find out more about what's going on at other companies. No matter how you feel about these events (some people love them, and some people hate them), guidelines exist.
Most would agree that off-site company activities are an effective means of team building and a big part of today's work environment. But, knowing how to be a team player and balance work with play requires a few skills.