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Little Things Matter – 3 Etiquette Tips to Remember While Networking

May 26 2015

by Erika Preval

First impressions are made in less than 10 seconds – likely before you’ve uttered a single word. During National Etiquette Week (the 2nd week of May), I shared etiquette tips on simply put and with Southern Living that aligned with this year’s theme of “Little Things Matter”. Three tips that can lead to instant social perceptions while networking are:

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Knife positioning:

The blade, or cutting edge, of your knife should always face inward – towards the plate in a place setting or facing you if in the resting position. A blade pointing outward could be interpreted as unfriendly or unsafe by your tablemates – especially the one seated to your right!

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Name tag placement:

If right-handed, it’s easier to place name tags on the left, but they belong on your right side! Find a spot for it high and flat on your right shoulder to offer others the best view of your face and name during networking and social events. This name tag placement is ideal for those you greet, as you’ll be extending your right hand for handshakes. Remember: high and right = line of sight.

Note: Companies often require employees to wear ID badges on the left, for instant identification and security purposes. The left side is also where lapel pins should be worn – over your heart.

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Holding stemware:

The stem on glassware, while decorative, also has a greater purpose – it’s a handle, of sorts. Grasp the stem towards the bottom, between your thumb and forefinger. Your remaining fingers should rest along the base the glass. This will ensure no unsightly fingerprints on the glassware from errant grasping of the bowl, as well as maintaining the proper temperature of your wine or other beverage.

A more advanced grasp is to hold the base of the glass between your thumb and forefinger. Give it a try with your next glass of Rosé!

Erika Preval is the founder of the blog simply put, which simplifies the intricacies of etiquette for adults, and Charm Etiquette – the premiere source for boutique events in social and leadership skills for modern youth and adults. Please join her on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram, and on Southern Living for wedding etiquette advice throughout the season.

 

Photo credit: soul mates photo and The Perfect Palette

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Erika Preval is a Certified Etiquette Consultant in Atlanta, Georgia and contributing writer for The Southern Coterie and Southern Living. Through her company, Charm Etiquette, she conduct experiential events that ensure leadership and social skills in youth and young adults, as well as adult-only events known as Social Studies: Finishing School for Adults. With Charm, she's put a modern spin on manners that makes each event both fun and relevant for guests.

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