There are no hard and fast rules on the subject of social etiquette, however, having good manners shows courtesy and consideration for other people at all times and in all circumstances. Putting yourself in their shoes and thereby not being offensive, rude or disrespectful.
Manners have evolved from customs, protocols and conventions. This process is common around the world and has developed over the ages to ensure a harmonious society. These manners differ between countries and cultures, nevertheless, they exist to ensure a peaceful coexistence between people, and thus creating a society that respects the rights of others. Social etiquette is the foundation of order and trust opposed to chaos and crime.
Networking is all about building a rapport and if you do any of those below, you will never ever build any rapports with anyone, so the 10 biggest No-No’s are, in no particular order…
- Don’t talk about others behind their backs
- Don’t judge
- Don’t gossip
- Don’t be negative
- Don’t complain
- Don’t make excuses
- Don’t exaggerate
- Don’t be too opinionated
- Don’t talk politic or religion
- Don’t do anything you wouldn’t want your grandmother to hear or see…
I don’t think I need to expand on any of those for too long, I am sure you get the jigs of what I am trying to say. Remember the goal of networking isn’t about hard sell, think about it more like farming than hunting.
Treat others as you would like to be treated, think before you speak: there are many different ways to say things, and your goal here is to find the best way to convey what you want to say in a way that has a positive impact.