Business Etiquette Tips You Need to Know
Let’s face it: with the stakes and pace of business these days, getting people to focus on etiquette can seem hopelessly old-fashioned. Wasn’t digital age titan Steve Jobs infamously rude – he of the brutal appraisals and two-word emails? Aren’t businesspeople supposed to project power, not niceness? Hasn’t technology changed the rules so much that they’re not worth following anymore?
It’s an understandable perspective to have, especially for those on the outside looking in. But here’s the thing: it’s just plain wrong. In real life, people don’t do business by screaming obscenities into their phones. That’s a caricature meant to make the whole thing seem more exciting – the TV version. And this is not the correct way to be a successful business. What business is really about, ever-changing technologies notwithstanding, is relationships: cultivating them, maintaining them, and building on them. And the only way to do that is to treat people with respect.
Here are a few ways to make sure you’re doing business right: (more…)