Professional Etiquette

Learning all the rules of professional etiquette can be a little tricky, especially since they are rarely ever mentioned to us.  But do not get it confused, they differ quite a bit from standard social settings.

This Tuesday (10/1) SDSU Career Services will be holding a professional etiquette workshop in SSE 1200 from 12-1PM to make sure you know all you need to know about conducting yourself  in a professional setting.

But just in case you can’t make it, be sure to check out these tips from the book ” The Essentials of Business Etiquette” by Barbara Pachter as highlighted in the article 15 Business Etiquette Rules Every Professional Needs To Know by Vivian Giang.

1. Always say your full name. In business situations make sure to introduce yourself with your full name and pay attention to how others introduce themselves.

2. Always stand when being introduced to some one. Standing not only establishes your presence, but is also a sign of respect.

3. Send separate thank you notes to everyone involved. This shows that you really took the time to personally thank everyone involved and express your gratitude.

4. Don’t cross your legs. This goes for both men and woman.  It’s not professional and can lead to sightings of things that should be left unseen. (It’s also not good for overall circulation.)

5. Know where to properly place silverware and plates.  This may seem a little silly to you, but to people that are detail-oriented this could be a big deal.

But don’t forget the Professional Etiquette Workshop is this Tuesday 10/1 from 12-1PM in SSE 1200. Make sure you are there so you can find out more about what to do and not to do at business functions.

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