With the hectic pace of life today, we miss many of the simple pleasures such as having dinner with family or enjoying a hand written note. The social graces once taken for granted have to be reintroduced - we have to get back to basics, says Dallas
Birmingham, AL (PRWEB) May 30, 2008
It only takes 3 to 5 seconds to make a first impression. Today business etiquette is slipping away. The common courtesy practiced in years past is something that is quickly becoming a lost art. According to Dallas Teague Snider an expert in business etiquette, 85% of our success is based on both our people and social skills, while only 15% is attributed to our technical knowledge or ability.
"With the hectic pace of life today, we miss many of the simple pleasures such as having dinner with family or enjoying a hand written note. The social graces once taken for granted have to be reintroduced - we have to get back to basics, says Dallas".
She explains etiquette and protocol intelligence are tools that give you that edge to cultivate long-lasting relationships. Here are some etiquette and protocol no-nos to avoid?
1 Avoid the `bone crusher.' This is an aggressive handshake that is a trait of someone that is insecure and trying to establish dominance.
2. Avoid the `glove handshake.' This handshake is also referred to as a politician's, a minister, or a sympathy handshake. It appears condescending when the initiator turns the recipient's hand over in a horizontal position. Use this handshake only with those you know well. It is not appropriate in the business environment.
3. In a social networking event, avoid drinking and eating simultaneously. Choose one or the other. You are there for business and should be able to shake hands at any given time.
Be sure to eat before you arrive so that you are not hungry and instead focus on the most important thing networking and creating business.
Dallas Teague Snider, CMP is CEO of Leadreferrals Consulting and Marketing Services, Inc. a consulting company that offers sales & marketing, public relations, and hotel site selection & contract negotiation. She is certified by The Protocol School of Washington® to conduct seminars, workshops and key notes for conventions and meetings. Through her workshops she provides simple solutions to help her attendees erase the barriers that enable them to make their first impression their best impression. For more information visit http://www.makeyourbestimpression.com or call 205-401-4680.