Sadly, a business meeting dinner is not about the food…it’s a meeting…with food. Avoid arriving at the restaurant feeling ravenous…it’s hard to concentrate on the task at hand when your stomach is grumbling. Be a mindful diner and try not to finish well before everyone else – pace yourself. It is more about the conversation and networking than the meal.
Airplane Etiquette: Who gets the middle armrests
According to the Global Strategy Group, 56 percent of Americans would rather get stuck in traffic or go on a blind date than sit in the middle seat on a full flight. Worry no more, the middle seat passenger should get both armrests, according to Contemporary Etiquette Institute and Emily Post. Print this out to slip into the pocket of the seat in front of your seat partners (before they arrive).
Better yet, greet your seat mates with a smile and a hello when you buckle up, and set your sights on an easy flight.
Remember: networking events have different rules from everyday life. You’re free to excuse yourself after even a very brief exchange. A way to break free is to verbalize your purpose for coming to the event: You can simply say, “Well, it was really nice talking with you. I should be sure to mix and mingle with everyone here.” Exchange business cards if you want, but don’t make promises of connecting later unless they’re genuine.
In the same way that it’s easier “to find a job if you already have one,” it’s easier to find a new conversation partner if you already have one. If you’re stuck talking to “Joe” and you see someone walking by alone, it’s great form to smile, make eye contact and extend your hand to introduce yourself as a way of inviting the new person to join you and Joe. Once that person joins, you can focus on them instead. Or you may just slide away from Joe more easily since he’s now talking to the new person you brought into the circle.
A little trick for building your EQ…The next time you get frustrated with someone, ask a simple question: Do you believe the person is doing the very best that they can? An empathy builder for sure…and a clear path to being more accepting of others…very good arsenal for your manners bucket.