The Rules Have Changed: The English Master New Business Etiquette for Global Advancement

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Because what is proper in one country is fiercely taboo in another, participants will master the new codes of business etiquette in a unique 1-day workshop in London.

When is tea meant for dipping your fingers and belching a sign of pleasure and respect? Hands, to shake or not? And just how firmly? Should a man order for his female guest? What if she is his boss? For London executives and professionals, the answers depend on which side of the channel they have been educated, and will either propel or derail their careers.

“International Business etiquette courses were introduced in London by Minding Manners last year and the growth in the seminars popularity has been tremendous,” says Tamiko Zablith, Director of Minding Manners. The Polished Professional hands-on workshop is the only etiquette program designed for English businessmen and women looking to master the new codes of etiquette and decorum in today’s international arena.

“While many executives and professionals understand the rudimentary rules of social graces, the very polish that sets them apart can be the downfall of their social and business relationships when working in a multicultural environment. Knowing that businesswomen in France are expected to remain seated, whereas in Germany or the US this is unheard of, will make a very big difference in the level of respect one gives and receives. Likewise, as most business is conducted over a meal, for increased credibility table manners must shine: placing hands on the lap à la Anglaise will garner very negative marks when off domestic shores.” Recognising that when it comes to working internationally, one needn’t look further than office mates or the email inbox, consideration is given to inter-company relationships, telephone and electronic communications. “The truly Polished Professional knows precisely what to do, when to do it and how, depending on where he or she is and with whom he or she is communicating,” concludes Zablith.

Because the “how” is equally as important as the “why,” this innovative program uncovers the mindset behind the codes, as well as offers hands-on practical exercises to learn by doing. And because what is proper in one country is fiercely taboo in another, participants will master the art of projecting cultural awareness at home and abroad; from the UK to the US, across Europe to Asia, the Middle East, Africa or anywhere in between.

The 1-day interactive workshop covers international business & social etiquette, dining, entertaining, mingling & networking, body language & gestures, intercultural communication, personal presence and professional style. It is inclusive of a 6-course tutorial luncheon, refreshments, afternoon tea, materials, workbooks and a special take-away gift. The setting is central London at the Millennium Hotel Mayfair on Saturday, 1 July from 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. at the rate of £285 per person.

Tamiko Zablith, an internationally certified Etiquette & Protocol Consultant and the managing director of Minding Manners will lead the program personally. Minding Manners is Europe’s leading full-service etiquette and protocol consultancy specialising in Business Etiquette, International Protocol, Social Etiquette and Youth Etiquette. The London office is located at 8 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London W1J 7JY.

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