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Work Party Etiquette

Work Party Etiquette

Party etiquettes have always played an important part in making a favorable impression, and in today's international buaness world it has become very important to be able to project your knowledge and experience,if not your status and education, through the visible signals of the state of your manners when dining in a formal or business situation. Our actions at the party therefore, can be essential to how others perceive us and can even affect our professional success in the business world. How do you make the most of a party-styls networking opportunity ?

Hers are some tips:

Wait for a verbal or nonverbal invitation to join a conversation, don't just jump in and start talking. Once you have been included, smile,introduce yourself and extend your hand for handshaking. Try to maintain eye contact and make sure to extend a warm welcome to any others who approach, and make efforts to include everyone in the conversation. Avoid talking about the following: gender or ^tionality personal relationships or sexual escapades, health, diets, weight or latest exercise plans, personal crisis, your income or how much something costs office politics,rumors, gossip or controversial topics like religion. monopolize the host or any one guest's time. Circulate around the don't expect to meet everyone. A few good contacts who will remember you are far more valuable than 20 momentary meetings. If you need to end a conversation?say excuse me?extend your hand and make your exit.

When you are handed a business card?take a moment to read it and make a comment. Either note the title, credentials, company listings or something. Do not wnte on the back of someone's card and do not simply collect cards and insincerely shove them in your coat pocket. Both actions are very disrespectful. If you leave before the end of the function, say thanks politely to the host and comment positively on the party or the food. There's no need to draw attention to yourself. If the host is busy, slip out quietly and telephone them the next day or send a handwritten thank-you card. A polite host will not request an explanation and a polite guest need not provide one.

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