Corporate grooming and business etiquette
Via The Financial Express : Corporate grooming and business etiquette
Renowned business personality Tom Hopkins once said, ‘You are your greatest asset. Put your time, effort and money into training, grooming, and encouraging your greatest asset.’ It is imperative to practice good behaviour and etiquettes in order to flourish in your business, be liked by people and maintain cordial relationships with clients, customers and employees. Globalisation has transformed the trend of client meetings, business meetings, conferences and networking meets which are now held indoors, outdoors, over brunch, lunch etc. This demands a complete cognisance of etiquette on the part of employees to rise to the situation and make a progressive impact in all such events.
Last week’s topic of the career based radio programme ‘Follow your dreams’ talked about corporate grooming and business etiquette. M Murshed Haider, a corporate coach and CEO of OptiMA HR Solutions, along with the host RJ Nazyr discussed how learning the professional etiquettes can help the young professionals in achieving the desired success in the career path.
Murshed mentioned that the most obvious and best impression of an organisation’s image on the outer world stems off from the image presented by employees in that company. Hence, it is essential to give proper attention on hair, dental hygiene, perfume, hands and fingernails. Moreover, it is important that a corporate professional should not just look presentable, but also should be able to communicate and behave in a professional manner. Greater awareness of grooming and etiquette skills helps the executives to increase their poise and confidence. This significantly changes the impact that they have in any formal, professional and social situations.
Murshed also talked about the various types of etiquettes, such as, workplace etiquettes, dress etiquettes, meeting etiquettes, handshake etiquettes, business phone etiquettes and dining etiquettes. He then went on explaining different kinds of handshakes like sweaty palms, dead fish, early handshake, long handshake, bone crusher, top handed, bottom handed and mentioned their effects towards success or failure of any business meeting.
While talking about business meeting etiquettes, Murshed suggested that it is a must for anyone to check the type of meeting and arrive on time. While professional appearance is a key, it is also important to be conscious about small matters like exchanging visiting cards with proper handshakes, turning off gadgets during the meeting, listening with proper attention, taking notes and finally not dominating the questions segment.
Each episode of the show also covers ‘Book review’ section. Last week’s show introduced the book ‘Predictably Irrational’ by Dan Ariely who is a prominent behavioural economist. In this book, he talked about the hidden forces that shape our decisions. The writer mentioned, ‘when it comes to making decisions in our lives, we think we’re in control. We think we’re making smart, rational choices. But are we?’
Career based radio programme titled ‘Follow your dreams’ is broadcast from Radio Shadhin 92.4 FM on every Thursday. Each episode of this show also contains a quiz. Winner of the quiz in each episode receives autographed book ‘Master Password’ written by M Murshed Haider and Gazi Yar Mohammed, says a press release.
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