Ten Etiquette Tips Essentialto the Survival of any FBLA Member
Do you think that you have a goodgrasp of manners and etiquette? Results from the fourth Annual Lenox Gift-giving and Etiquette survey should that more than 1/3 of all respondents rate the manners of Americans in general as poor – yet 80% of respondents rate their manners as excellent. The survey uncovered a lack of basic etiquette knowledge. Let’s see how well you do – Etiquette Exam
1. False. Turn the cell phone off – completely during a luncheon meeting, social function, or even on public transportation.
2. False. No – you should never give an important person your business card that you meet briefly unless they ask for it.
3. False. You can arrive anytime between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. - it is terribly impolite to be early.
4. False. Any time is proper to shake someone’s hand. Make sure that you have a firm grip (but not painful) for both men and women.
5. False. Make eye contact with all of the individuals that you are talking to.
6. False. Use the spoon provided. It is not a cup of coffee, for heaven’s sake. And don’t slurp either!
7. True Always select your silverware from the outside in.
Other things to remember: Hold the door- whether male or female, hold open a door you have just passed through for the person behind you. Keep to the right – on the sidewalk, escalators, in stairwells. Say please and thank you to waiters, flight attendants, cab drives – little things go a long way. Keep food or drink or briefcases in your left hand – keep your right hand free for handshakes.
Other reminders: Make eye contact and offer a warm smile – in every situation this puts people at ease. Be perceptive –survey a situation and always use your best judgement. NOW more than ever people to have live graciously. Having good manners is always in style.