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Business etiquette highlighted at luncheon

By Ryan O'Neill
On April 7, 2013

  • Attendees look on at the business etiquette luncheon, held on March 26. Photography by Ryan O’Neill.

Whether you are preparing for an important job interview, or are in a social setting amongst your peers, encompassing business etiquette is an
advantage that will help make you stand out. GSU held a business etiquette luncheon on March 26 that informed those in attendance of the many ways to be a professional.
The luncheon consisted of a presentation covering many areas of using proper business etiquette. Tips included replying to voicemails within 24 hours, giving firm but painless handshakes, always signing emails with your name, and staying away from politics, religion, diet or family in professional networking.
Companies look for how potential employees listen, look and move. Nonverbal communication is important to develop successful personal and professional relationships. 93 percent of our daily communication is through nonverbal communication.
Attire rules suggest ladies should wear a navy, black, brown or a gray suit. They should also refrain from wearing fragrances. Men should match their shoes with their suit.
During the lunch portion of the presentation, those in attendance were informed how to properly dine. The American Style of Dining includes cutting no more than four pieces of meat in a zigzag pattern with the knife in the right hand and the fork in the left hand.
Kenneth Simpson, a social worker, believes the luncheon will help him and others develop professional connections with people. "The mannerisms, attire and food etiquette was put together with great detail. It was a treasure trove of information," said Simpson.
Everyone left the business etiquette luncheon learning that even the simplest aspects of proper etiquette are important.
"I didn't know you had to hold the wine glass by the stem, said Eileen Baltazar, a Health Administration major.

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