In the last dozen years, I have been to over 2,200 networking events in sixteen states and five countries. The events included trade missions, conferences, conventions, training seminars, trade shows, and marketing meetings. They have included people in industries as diverse as agriculture and computer programming. Some of the people I met were brand new to networking and some had more years of business experience than I had just in being alive.
There was only one thing that each of these different events and all of these diverse people had in common. It was the one thing that would get me through them, whether or not I knew exactly what was going on or who I was talking to.
Good manners. Etiquette.
You cannot go wrong in today’s competitive business market if you are savvy about. It’s why the book “Professionally Polished; Business Etiquette Savvy for Today’s Competitive Market” is so important for anyone in business to have on their bookshelf and to read regularly.
The author, Dallas Teague-Snider, is a true expert in hospitality, etiquette, manners and any other aspect of the simple act of behaving well, being appropriate and helping other people feel comfortable. Because that is the true basis of– showing people yourself at your best and allowing them to be their best too.
Dallas is so good at this herself that even the book is written in a way to make the reader feel comfortable and welcome. It is thorough, covering topics from making a good impression, job searches and interviews, introducing people, dinners and parties, networking and of course, international travel.
Think etiquette is boring? Not in this book Dallas includes stories that range from edifying to horrifying. Some of them hers, some of them are anonymous, but all of them are entertaining and enlightening. The other benefit of “Professionally Polished” is that it is not a huge tome. Each point is made clearly and quickly so that you don’t have to spend days getting the information that you need.
Dallas has a wonderful quote from her grandmother with which she uses to open the book:
It doesn’t take money to have class.”
If you want to be successful in business and eventually have money, you need to start by having class. Class begins with professionalism and polish. Pick up, read and study your own copy of “Professionally Polished” and you’ll soon find yourself comfortable and classy in any situation.