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Business Etiquette for Women - Debunked

19 October 2011


Fear not, here is a definitive guide to navigating business etiquette.

1.  The business environment is gender neutral.  Show courtesy to everyone, preferences to seniority by position.  This may mean you hold the door for your male or female manager.

2. Make your mark as a well-mannered person by holding the door, lift, etc for everyone.  The on-going effect of this is memorable and contagious.

3. On the occasion when a gentleman objects with a, “no, after you”, smile warmly and say “thank you”.  He knows you are capable of opening the door yourself so there is no need to state the obvious and reject his courtesy.

4. Be the first to offer a handshake.  Greet the person you know first, followed by seniority by position.  When meeting a couple, shake the hand of the more assertive looking person first – a man will always shake a man’s hand first but for women this is not a set rule.

5. When hosting a meeting, the introductions are on you.  Say the full name of the more important person first, eg, Mary Smith, allow me to introduce my colleague, John Jones who is one of the best in our team.  (Think, if you were with the Queen, you would start each introduction with, “Your majesty, may I present Mary Jones”.

Go on, hold the door for a man after you read this and think about making it your new modus operandi.  It just might make their day... and yours too.

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 

― Maya Angelou





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