What are your best etiquette tips for modern professionals? (Weekly Topic Inspir

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  1. Simone Smith profile image89
    Simone Smithposted 11 years ago

    What are your best etiquette tips for modern professionals? (Weekly Topic Inspiration)

    While manners are important, many of the etiquette rules and guides we know and love do not address the complications of modern life (such as packed schedules, ubiquitous phones, and general trends toward informality). What etiquette tips do you have for people adopting to life in today’s fast-paced society? If you’d like some title ideas and group support, stop by our Weekly Topic Inspiration forum thread: http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/93659


  2. Askme profile image82
    Askmeposted 11 years ago

    I think the old rules still apply. Please, thank you, welcome. Shaking hands. Introduce everyone.

    With the invention of technology, we can communicate quicker but sometimes it's not always better.  Hesitate before sending that email to a client when you are pissed off.  Emails last forever.

    - I wish people would avoid answering their cell phones when we are in a meeting. It is rude to allow a caller to take priority over all of us who are wasting our valuable time in a meeting. This is especially true if you are a vendor trying to get my business. Why the heck should I sit here while you take a call? Unless someone died, you should turn your phone off!! It is just rude, rude, rude and you just lost my business!

    -If you are a vendor looking to gain my business, please DO NOT cold call me. It is okay to call on the phone or ask if you may stop by but please don't just "show up" and expect me to give you my undivided attention. Usually my day is booked in full. I rarely have time for lunch!

    - Ditto with: Never play with your Blackberry when  you are at a business meeting or lunch.

    -For God's sake, check to be sure all the recipients to your email are actually suppose to be included.  Many companies have multiple people with similar email addresses. Make sure what you are sending is suppose to be received by all.

    -on the topic of emails, please read before sending. Make sure your spelling is checked and please check the tone. I hate hostile emails.

    -Co-workers: If you are having marital problems, please discuss in private. I do not need to overhear all about "he said this, she said that" I am trying to work and not overhear your problems!! In this downsized workplace, the luxury of a private office is few and far between therefore, as I try to work in this cramped space, I need you to speak in your "inside voice" this is not the playground!

    -On that same topic.....cussing in the office is really inappropriate especially when I am trying to conduct business on the telephone with a client. Do people really need to be told swearing is not normal office banter???

    -Dressing for office.  Business casual does not mean halter tops, short shorts and knee high boots UNLESS your "office" is Sunset Blvd!   We are sorely in need of a class of how to dress for success.   Please leave the feather boa at home unless, of course you use  a pole in your office routine!

    -Thank you emails are appropriate after meeting someone in business.

  3. DzyMsLizzy profile image88
    DzyMsLizzyposted 11 years ago

    Why are manners still needed in this day and age?  Aren't manners outdated and stupid?  Well, no, manners are never out of date. read more

  4. alezafree profile image92
    alezafreeposted 11 years ago

    From the dreaded office potluck to all-office emails, here is a handy etiquette guide to anti-social behavior for modern day professionals, including some expert advice from Miss Manners' mortal enemy, Burgess Cobblepot III. read more

  5. alissaroberts profile image78
    alissarobertsposted 11 years ago

    With today's hectic schedule and lifestyle, brush up on some rules of etiquette for the busy mom. Read to see if you are guilty of bad mom manners. read more

  6. Diana Grant profile image93
    Diana Grantposted 11 years ago

    I agree wholeheartedly with Askme.

    I would add:

    - Do what you say you will do or communicate to explain why this has not been possible. e.g. if you say you will write a letter or make a phone call by a certain deadline, keep to that deadline (this gives you credibility and instills confidence, as it makes you seem reliable, rather than flaky).

    - Treat people with respect.

    - Don't waste people's time by keeping them waiting - show that you are aware that their time is also important. Have you ever been to a hospital where everyone is given a 10.00 am appointment but you might have to wait 2 hours before you are seen? I'm not talking about Triage, which is understandable, but about bad management.

    - Be polite.

  7. cclitgirl profile image93
    cclitgirlposted 11 years ago

    The cell phone is a great tool to use for emergencies.  But, EVERY phone call is not an emergency.  Frankly, we don't all want to know about your personal life, either.  Find out four simple rules to keep your sanity and uphold civilization. read more

  8. stephhicks68 profile image89
    stephhicks68posted 11 years ago

    Professional etiquette guidelines and other business tips to help modern professionals get and keep a job.  How you behave is as important as how you complete work tasks.  Consider these tips and improve your manners at work. read more

  9. Ruchira profile image71
    Ruchiraposted 11 years ago

    Dining out? Check out this list of etiquette and be your best while dining... read more

  10. T. R. Brown profile image61
    T. R. Brownposted 11 years ago

    This may sound simple and maybe even silly, but I have occasion to eat with executives fairly regularly, and I am stunned to find that they don't know how to hold their fork and knife correctly when cutting their food.  Growing up, it never occurred to me that you could even rise in the ranks without basic table manners, but apparently that is no longer true.

  11. Chin chin profile image89
    Chin chinposted 11 years ago

    Email has become the most used means of communication in this digital age. This email etiquette hub presents the basic rules of the proper use of email from writing the subject line to creating your message; in replying to emails or forwarding them whether in a personal or business setting. read more

  12. tlcs profile image64
    tlcsposted 11 years ago

    My best etiquette tip is to treat others the way you wish to be treated yourself, by that I mean with respect and by using the old rules as Askme has also mentioned.

  13. cclitgirl profile image93
    cclitgirlposted 11 years ago

    Here are 6 rules to help you write emails.  You want to put your best foot forward, right?  You can use these tips to present yourself in a professional manner. read more

  14. Patty Inglish, MS profile image88
    Patty Inglish, MSposted 11 years ago

    Our public libraries in the US run the range of ambiance from cold, deathly silence to raucous carnival sideshow. What manners should we actually use in them? read more

  15. msviolets profile image75
    msvioletsposted 11 years ago

    "No thank you," Who would have ever thought that three little words could be charged with emotional backlash? Three little words, polite words, used to protect oneself from a potentially fatal reaction are hard to say; and sometimes hard to hear.
    ... read more

  16. randomcreative profile image89
    randomcreativeposted 11 years ago

    This article is about professionalism in education.  It provides teacher etiquette tips for the modern professional.  There are general professional etiquette tips as well as tips about teacher etiquette with other teachers, non-teaching staff, administrators, parents, community members, and students. read more

  17. CassyLu1981 profile image78
    CassyLu1981posted 11 years ago

    These days, you very seldome hear a child say please and thank you. They normally inturupt you with a loud "Mommy!" or pushing or pulling on you until you answer them. You often hear kids talking back to adults whether it's their parent's or not. Never do I hear a child say "sir" or "mam". What happened? read more

  18. Sandiaview profile image58
    Sandiaviewposted 11 years ago

    Please, please talk to people PERSONALLY!  Especially if it's bad news, don't hide behind an email, or heaven forbid, a text!  Have the courtesy at least to call:  to confirm a meeting, to let someone know you're working on an issue, to say that you will be somewhere, etc.  There's nothing like having a personal conversation with someone to get the job done.

  19. SweetMarie83 profile image75
    SweetMarie83posted 11 years ago

    In today's fast-paced, electronically advanced society, many people seem to be forgetting their manners. Whether you work for a large corporation, run your own business, work from home, or you're a student, it's important to follow basic rules of etiquette. read more

  20. donnaisabella profile image74
    donnaisabellaposted 11 years ago
  21. Turtlewoman profile image88
    Turtlewomanposted 11 years ago

    This is an excellent guide to learning business dinner etiquette. Impress you boss and coworkers by following this guide. read more

  22. alphagirl profile image69
    alphagirlposted 11 years ago

    I think manners as a whole has gotten away. Techonology has given people excuses to be rude. I am not sure how we can all reel it in when the entire country are blackberry addicts. The boundaries of privacy have been lost wth facebook and twitter. The need to check our phones for mail is en epidemic. My 11 year wants to check her text messages at dinner. We banned cell phones during family dinner.

    As technology improves we all learn another set of new habits and if we aren't doing the new habit, we are antiquated.

    All libnes of etiquette have been crossed and everyone has different views...
    I am at a loss as a parent. I try to teach etiqutte, but then my husband gets bombarded by clients. Every call cause it is a client is important.

    The entire thing is a vicious cycle. We would need a national holiday,"No texting for a day." Just so we can look at each other politely. Just so we can appreciate being in the moment at a meeting, with our kids and friends...


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