Etiquette is a hot topic lately. One generation normally believes the newest generation is lacking it. In a lot of areas they are correct, mainly because as society changes certain formalities change. However, the need for good manners and basic etiquette never goes away. We still struggle with some basic issues. Our work place has become very diverse and many generations often work in close proximity.
Do you feel confident that you can answer the following questions correctly?
· Whose name is mentioned first in an introduction? Who stands?
· How do you know when to call someone by his/her first name?
· How early should you arrive for a meeting?
· Should a business woman ever be addressed as “Mrs”?
· Is it okay to exchange business cards during a meal?
· Is e-mail appropriate for thank you notes?
· When should you interrupt a group of people and introduce yourself?
· If served appetizers from a server’s tray, how many should you take?
· How do you know where to sit at a business dinner?
· If handed a wine cork, should you sniff, squeeze or take a bite out of it?
· What if your nose starts running during dinner?
· What do you do with your napkin if you have to get up during a meal?
· If you drop a utensil on the floor in a restaurant, should you pick it up?
· Does being a gentleman mean you have to open the door for your female co-worker?
Just for fun I have pulled together a list of etiquette questions and topics from A-Z. Watch for all 26 postings. If you have questions about topics I do not cover, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kimberly Scott, CAE
Certified Etiquette Instructor, The Etiquette Institute