Professional social situations can be awkward. The rules are slightly different from standard social settings, yet business schools rarely discuss professional etiquette topics. In her new book "The Essentials Of Business Etiquette," Barbara Pachter writes about the specific skills professionals need to understand when presenting themselves in a business setting. From how to introduce yourself to what to order at restaurants, these are the social rules you need to know when establishing relationships. Pachter has given us permission to use these excerpts from her book. -- Vivian Giang This post originally appeared on Business Insider.
In a business situation, you should use your full name, but you should also pay attention to how others want to be introduced. If your name is too long or difficult to pronounce, Pachter says you should consider changing or shortening it. Or you should consider writing down the pronunciation of your name on a business card and giving it to others. Source: "The Essentials Of Business Etiquette"
"Standing helps establish your presence. You make it easy for others to ignore you if you don't stand. If you are caught off guard and cannot rise, you should lean forward to indicate that you would stand, if you could." Source: "The Essentials Of Business Etiquette"
You should send thank-you notes within 24 hours and you should send separate notes to everyone you want to thank. "Before you choose between email and handwritten notes, consider that regular mail may take several days to get to its destination while email arrives almost immediately. This time difference can be important after a job interview, if the hiring decision is being made quickly." Source: "The Essentials Of Business Etiquette"
Both men and women do it, but it can be distracting and even too sexy for a professional setting, says Pachter. "The bottom line, however, is health related: crossing your legs is bad for your circulation because it increases the pressure on your veins." Source: "The Essentials Of Business Etiquette"
Pachter says you should never use your knife to cut your rolls at a business dinner. "Break your roll in half and tear off one piece at a time, and butter the piece as you are ready to eat it." Source: "The Essentials Of Business Etiquette"