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Some rules for professional etiquette in interactions:
- Shaking hands: Shaking hands leaves more of an impression than one realizes. Your handshake should be firm, dry, and quick. The shake should employ two pumps up and down, and then get the heck out of there. Don’t linger and don’t keep holding their hand like you’re mates. Don’t use your other hand for the “reach around,” in which you grab your colleagues shoulder and shake their entire body. Utilize the whole hand—don’t engage a shake with three fingers. Keep yourself dry by not clasping anything in advance (like a drink or a briefcase), and always use your right hand. If you are waiting to meet someone and are feeling nervous, sit with your palm upwards to keep it dry.
- Maintain eye contact: As you speak with someone, try to maintain eye contact as much as possible. You never want to appear as if you are bored with the conversation and thus have your gaze drift aware from the other party. They should know you have their complete attention. This simple act goes a long way in demonstrating a positive attitude.
- Express enthusiasm for the conversation: There’s nothing that’s more of a downer when you first meet someone and as you speak and share your brand and experiences, they don’t smile, they don’t nod their head, they don’t express any positive emotion at all. Don’t be “that guy.” Show your companion that you are interested in what they have to say—this will leave a great impression with them and ensure that the discussion continues fluidly in the future.
- Ask for their business card and offer them yours: More information about the business card is below. The key point here is that you should have a business card and you should not be afraid to ask for someone else’s card. You need that information to get in touch with them later. But do be aware that there are cultural differences in the way Americans, for example, exchange business cards as compared to Japanese. In Japan, you present your business card very formally with two hands with the text facing away from you (so the other party can easily read it). When the other party takes it, also with two hands, they proffer a compliment on it, such as “what a beautiful logo” or something of the sort. And there is a hierarchy associated with who presents their card first.
- When your meeting concludes, excuse yourself appropriately and bid them farewell—don’t just walk away. Don’t be like that astronomer who was chatting with me and suddenly ran away when the opportunity presented itself. Conclude your meeting formally—with a salutation and a handshake. And although you should wait until they are finished with their thought (i.e., don’t interrupt them), you don’t have to wait until the party is over. If there is an appropriate break in the conversation, it is perfectly fine to say “Thank you very much. I enjoyed speaking with you.
Some rules for interaction over the phone:
- Prepare in advance: Have your questions written out and whatever research materials about the person or their organization in front of you in case you need to refer to them in the conversation.
- Take notes using a pad and pen, rather than a computer: This only applies if you have a noisy keyboard like I do. You don’t want to be distracting your colleague on the other end of the phone with your typing.
- Plan to have it in a quiet place: Just because it is an “informal conversation” doesn’t mean you should treat it informally or with a lack of attention to detail. Don’t have it in a coffee shop, in line at the grocery store or while you are driving or on a train. If you don’t have a quiet place to have the call, either plan to go to the library and ask if you can use one of their study group rooms, which are often available, or reschedule the call altogether. Better to have a quiet discussion where the other party can hear you and you are showing respect than have your sister screaming in the background about when you are planning to walk the dog.
- If you are using a mobile phone, make sure that your device has excellent reception in the place you plan to make the call, and is 100% charged.
- If you plan to use the speaker phone option, do a practice call with your friend so you know that your voice comes across clearly on the other end of the phone. Otherwise use a headset so you have your hands free to jot down ideas.
- If the call drops, simply call the person back and apologize and continue with the discussion.
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