So, you thought etiquette was just about arranging flowers and knowing which spoon to use for your soup? Well, think again.Etiquette is all about how you behave in a polite society. It’s about using your manners to navigate social situations. When your grandmother shouted “elbows off the table!” or “chew with your mouse closed!” at you, that wasn’t her just nagging you about proper etiquette. She was teaching you life lessons that would set you up for success.
George had recently started a new job at Badass Company. He was so excited to have landed an awesome role as a Junior Consultant. It was even in his family newsletter.Things were going pretty well for George at the company. His boss had even recommended him to manage a big client account just a few months into his role. That, too, made it into the family newsletter. Especially because he got to go on his first-ever
business trip to New York.George met Rachel, Alan, and Lee at Le Bernardin, a fancy restaurant in Midtown. They ordered some wine, shared a few laughs, and talked about business. George thought it had gone really well. He went back to Badass Company ready to be praised!When he arrived at the office, he realized the client had dropped him. His boss was furious. “I sent you to build our professional relationship with the Awesome Clients, and this is what I hear about you?” yelled Mr. Bossman. George was confused. “What did I do?” he asked. “What didn’t you do? You arrived 30 minutes late for dinner. You ordered the lobster—the most expensive item on the menu! You talked with your mouth full and spat food particles at your business associates. And, to top it all off, you kept asking them how much they were earning!”Yeah, George (like everyone) should have listened to his grandmother.
Social skills are just that—skills. After a year of limited (or even no) social interaction, it’s natural that some might be nervous about face-to-face professional engagements. That’s why we compiled this list of 10 etiquette tips to help you leave a good impression and avoid any faux pas.