January is in full swing and perhaps some of your fresh resolutions are dwindling faster than you thought. Regardless, the new year is a wonderful time to look at the past year in review and then select a few things you wish to do differently this year.
Perhaps, something that didn't make your resolutions-list this year was etiquette. In fact, etiquette probably never came to your mind because if you're anything like me, you are already a perfect gentleman/lady in every situation and have nothing to improve on when it comes to etiquette.
Here are 3 etiquette tips that you may have forgotten, but are sure to impress your next guest, client, or special "someone":
Be especially friendly to your wait staff. When treating a client, journalist, or boss to lunch I am sure that you remember to be on your best behavior towards him/her. However, how do you usually treat the staff? How you treat others says a lot about your true character and nature. Remember to thank your wait staff and compliment them on their positive effort. Address him/her by their first name. Going out of your way to be friendly will not only score big points with your guest, but may even score you a free desert.
Slow down! Growing up in my home, my siblings and I would race to finish dinner because second-helpings were limited. This frantic shoveling of food inevitably resulted in a bloated and gassy discomfort. Don't race to finish your meal. Slow down and engage in meaningful conversation when out with a guest or client. Trust me, that food isn't going anywhere.
Offer to pay the bill. When working in PR, covering the price of meal for a journalist or editor can be a touchy gesture. You never want them to get the idea that you're trying to bribe or persuade their favor. However, asking your client/guest if it is appropriate will alleviate their concern and give you the opportunity to leave a great impression and a lasting relationship.
I hope these tips are helpful! For more etiquette tips or just for a fun date night, be sure to come check out the UVU PRSSA Etiquette Dinner on February 19th! Tickets will go on sale soon!
By Reagan Nickl - Director of Regional Conferences