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Executive meeting etiquette: Tips to help you shine

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April 11, 2012

Contact: Elizabeth Hall, Senior Web Editor
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 Executive Meeting Etiquette: Tips to Help You Shine

Falls Church, Va. — It’s a snowball effect: The more poised and confident you are, the more people will like and admire you, which in turn will boost your confidence even more. It’s evident that business professionals who appear poised and at ease shine during meetings.

“It really is all about how you present yourself,” says Business Management Daily’s Senior Web Editor Elizabeth Hall. “Self-promotion is key in moving up the business ladder, and manners never go out of style.”

Are you in need of meeting etiquette and protocol tips? Here are guidelines to help you excel during that important meeting:

1. Respond: If you’ve been invited to a meeting or a function, don’t wait until the last minute to let organizers know whether you’re attending. If you have to cancel at the last minute, call and apologize.

2. Prepare: Always have an agenda ready. Do your homework. Who will be there? What will be discussed? What items might you need for the meeting? Bring your own daily planner so you know your availability, if necessary. If this meeting is outside your office, pack plenty of business cards, arrive ahead of time and bring your client’s phone number in case you’re delayed.

3. Meet hand-to-hand and eye-to-eye: Give a firm handshake regardless if you’re being introduced to male or female colleagues. In addition, maintain eye contact now and during the meeting. When someone is speaking directly to you, looking away is considered rude. If writing notes, glance up often to show your interest and respect.

4. Get down: Make sure you sit someplace where you’ll be noticed and easily recognized. Now would be the time to present those extra business cards you packed. You can place them directly in front of you, or hand them out. If someone reciprocates, do not put his or her card immediately into your pocket. Give the person the courtesy of looking it over.

5. Get up: If you’re being introduced to a newcomer to the meeting, or someone who had been at the other end of the room, stand back up, shake the person’s hand, smile and give him or her direct eye contact.

For more information and the full article, which includes additional etiquette tips to help you shine during meetings, visit www.BusinessManagementDaily.com.

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