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Etiquette at Business Events

Every now and then you may be asked to represent your company at a business event. This can range from a business meeting, Etiquette at Eventsconference or evening black tie event. Always remember that you are representing your company, so you should look and dress in the best way that represents them.  As event planners, Majestically Rare often organise business conferences on behalf of clients and we often observe etiquette displayed at events. Most delegates are very professional but we do notice a few mannerisms that can be improved on. The following tips will ensure that you always display excellent business etiquette when you attend business events.

Dress Code

For most business events, a suit is the most appropriate outfit to wear. If there is a dress code for the event, try as much as possible to adhere to it. Make sure your hair is neat, your nails are trimmed and your shoes are polished. Do apply perfume but not too strong and make sure you look professional.

Early Arrival

Arrive at the event on time. If the event is to start at 9am, arrive earlier for registration and networking opportunities. You will be surprised at how many good contacts you will make when you arrive on time. Chichi attended a women’s business event recently and arrived quite early. Not only did she get to make some good contacts but she spoke to the key speaker and was able to introduce her company services. She swapped contacts details and will be meeting the key speaker for a follow up product meeting.


When you meet other delegates at an event, it is more appropriate to give a handshake rather than a hug. Only hug a person if you know them personally.  Look at the person directly. Give good eye contact, smile and shake firmly with your right hand and state your name.  Do engage in small talk. Ask them what they do and what projects they are working on.  If possible try and go around the room before the event starts and meet as many people as possible. Always remember to be polite and do not dominate the conversation. If you want to win with others ask them about themselves.

Table Manners

If you are being served with refreshments, be mindful of your table manners. Before eating, place the napkin on your lap. Do not eat too fast or with your mouthful. Do not belch or spit out food on to your plate. If in doubt of the table etiquette look around and watch someone that looks very confident with it. Do not be in a hurry to leave the table. Engage in conversation with others.

The key to good business etiquette at business events is to leave a good impression because you never get a second chance to make a first one.

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