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The Art of Business Etiquette

Last week, 120 members of our Post-Secondary Ambassador Program (PSAP) joined us for a three-course meal in the twinkling opulence of the Tea Room at the Omni King Edward Hotel in Toronto. Our guest speaker for the evening, Wendy Menceloffered sage advice on how to make a great impression in different professional settings.  

Missed out on this PSAP-exclusive event? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Here are three tips to get you started.

1

If you invite someone out for lunch or coffee, pay the bill

The expectation is that if you request to meet, you should pay. May sound obvious, but it’s rather tactless to extend an invitation and then not take care of the bill. Most likely, whomever you invite will arrive fully expecting to pay, so they’ll be delighted when you take care of the bill.

2

Eat before you attend a networking event

Don’t make the mistake of arriving at a networking event having skipped lunch. Loading your plate with food adds a couple of unnecessary complications. First, it just doesn’t read as available to talk. It doesn’t send the right signal to other people in the room. Plus, if you’re already feeling nervous and it’s a crowded room, you could easily topple over your plate. Keep it to three items of food on your plate at a time.

3

Hold your drink with your left hand

This way, your right hand will be free to greet anyone with a handshake at any time. You won’t be switching your drink between hands – or having to wipe a clammy palm that’s been holding a cold drink. Stay smooth. Want to make sure you don’t miss out on unique networking opportunities like this one? Join PSAP to access exclusive events and opportunities.