Present Yourself Professionally


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Presented to a great group last week about introductions, body language, importance of names, and professional dress.

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Present Yourself Professionally

  1. 1. Wakefield & Wakefield Business Etiquette
  2. 2. Achieve Your Mission in Today’s Digital Age     Become interested in others Not scale of media… “A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” (Macbeth) … but scale of meaning. Add personal touch to digital presence Soft skills drive hard skills Wakefield & Wakefield Business Etiquette
  3. 3. TODAY’S TOPICS:     Introductions Body Language Importance of Names Professional Presence: Dress and Grooming Wakefield & Wakefield Business Etiquette
  4. 4. Introductions: The Basics     Eye contact Posture Speak clearly Names:    Try to introduce people by the names and titles they prefer. Mimic how others introduce themselves. Concentrate on names; use them in conversation. Wakefield & Wakefield Business Etiquette
  5. 5. Introductions: The Basics  The perfect handshake:     Brief Firm Warm Direct look into the eyes Don’t forget to start some conversation! Wakefield & Wakefield Business Etiquette
  6. 6. CONVERSATION     Find a common interest. Who, what, where, why and how much? Build, make, acquire your own points of interest, but be humble. Body language – how to tell someone you are listening. Wakefield & Wakefield Business Etiquette
  7. 7. What’s in a name? Everything.       There is nothing greater than the sound of one’s own name. How do you feel when someone remembers your name? Name mumblers. Learn everyone’s name in your routine. If you have forgotten a name… Tricks to remember names. Wakefield & Wakefield Business Etiquette
  8. 8. PROFESSIONAL PRESENCE  Clothing     People decide ten things about you in ten seconds Give people the opportunity to hear what you have to say Reflects the importance we attach to the occasion No matter level of dress, be well groomed. [Find a mentor!] Wakefield & Wakefield Business Etiquette
  9. 9. PROFESSIONAL PRESENCE Adapt  Business casual men: khakis/slacks, seasonal blazer, open collar shirt women: khakis/slacks, skirt, open collar shirt or knit top, sweater  Sport casual - khakis or jeans, nice tee, polo or button down  Overall, NO jeans, sneakers, unpolished loafers, sandals, t-shirts, baseball caps, sweats, shorts in the workplace  Jeans Use your best judgment….  Self interest + respect for others Wakefield & Wakefield Business Etiquette
  10. 10. *Introductions* *Body Language* *Importance of Names* *Professional Presence*    Be yourself. Always look for a way to appreciate someone else. Start using these habits today… People will remember! Wakefield & Wakefield Business Etiquette
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