Modern Etiquette: Seven tips to making the right impression

Mon Mar 12, 2012 2:24pm EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - (Jo Bryant is an etiquette advisor and editor at Debrett's, the UK authority on etiquette and modern manners ( Any opinions expressed are her own. Debrett's has a publishing heritage dating back over two centuries with a contemporary range of publications including "A-Z of Modern Manners", "Etiquette for Girls" and "Guide for the Modern Gentleman".)

By Jo Bryant

LONDON, March 12 (Reuters) - We all know that making a good impression is fundamental to professional and social success. All too often, however, we unintentionally tarnish our personal polish by forgetting the basics of face-to-face communication.

From personal appearances and body language to handshakes and introductions, here are some top tips on being remembered for all the right reasons...

1. Looking Good

Your appearance is an instant message to those around you, so the way you look is as important as how you behave. It goes without saying that you and your attire should be shiny and clean from head to toe. Dress appropriately for the situation - tailor your personal sense of style to suit your surroundings.

2. Positive Posture

The way you stand, walk and sit all make a big impression. Hold your head high, keep your back straight and pull your shoulders back, but keep it all looking natural. Tread lightly (no clumping, thundering footsteps), and don't drag your feet or shuffle. Women should always sit with their knees together; men should avoid sitting with their legs excessively wide apart, and should never repeatedly jiggle their leg up and down.

3. Boost Your Body Language   Continued...

Groupon Chief Executive Andrew Mason (2nd L) jokes around with Groupon's largest shareholder and Chairman, Eric Lefkofsky, (L) outside the Nasdaq Market in Times Square following ringing the opening bell in celebration of the company's IPO in New York November 4, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid