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Business Email Etiquette Dos and Don'ts

Email Etiquette

Business Email Etiquette Dos and Don'ts

More business is conducted electronically today than ever before: you might meet, communicate and sign contracts with clients entirely over the internet, and emailing and VOIP mean that you can work and communicate with colleagues who aren't even in the same city as you. With an estimated 25% of every American's working hours spent reading and writing emails, it's crucial that you understand email etiquette in a way that is professional and courteous, and that reflects well on both you and your business.

Don't use your business email for personal communication (and vice versa)

It might seem easier in the moment to send personal emails with whatever email client is closest, but in the long run it's a very bad idea to use your business email for personal correspondence. First and foremost, the second your business contacts and personal contacts intermingle, you increase the risk of accidentally CC'ing your boss or a client on something meant for a close friend, which can be embarrassing or even professionally damaging.

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dinner party gift etiquette dos and don'ts

Gift Etiquette

Dinner Parties

Receiving an invitation to a dinner or cocktail party is exciting. It provides the opportunity to meet up with associates, family, and friends. If you want to be invited back, make sure you remember a few essential dinner party gift etiquette rules. Our party gift dos and don’ts list provides a useful etiquette guide for guests who want to get the perfect gift for the host or hostess of a dinner party.

Dinner Party Gift Etiquette

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Bring something that can be used in the meal (check with the host first) or could be an ingredient for meals in the future. If you really want to impress, bring a kitchen tool you think is great. Things like napkin rings or cloth napkins are always appreciated.

Bring anything that is fun, that can be used to entertain guests before the meal is ready. Don’t use them at the party you're invited to unless you have the host’s permission.

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5 invitation etiquette tips

Invitation Etiquette

five great invitation tips!

Receiving an invitation comes with some responsibilities. Follow the following invitation etiquette tips to continue to be invited.

1. RSVP Etiquette

When you see it, it means the host would like you to tell them whether you are attending. Follow the number one guest invitation etiquette rule and promptly reply (don’t wait longer than one or two days).

2. Response Etiquette

The invitation should indicate how to respond. Follow the instructions.

No card to respond. Write a note to the host and send it to the invitation envelope return address.

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10 Important Golf Etiquette Rules

Golf Etiquette

10 Rules for Good Golf Etiquette

Golf is a courteous game.

Most golfers appreciate the rules and established etiquette on the course. Sadly, because of disregard or obliviousness, etiquette violations remain. Everyone has committed a breach of golf etiquette at some point, but fixing this situation is easy - it's simply a matter of understanding proper golf etiquette.

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business etiquette

Business Etiquette

Want some great business etiquette advice? Following accepted standards in business for interacting with coworkers and clients is essential to becoming a competent professional and ultimate career success. Our business etiquette articles are compiled from the most respected experts across the Web. With easy-to-follow steps and illustrations, this business etiquette guide is an indespensible resource for any business professional.

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Table Manners

Maybe most of your meals have been served at a drive-through lately, or eaten over the sink. All of us are busy and for many families there is no regular dining time anymore. Maybe it has been a while since you have thought about dining etiquette, or you haven't been exposed to dining etiquette rules at all. Start with handling utensils, napkin etiquette, and other table manners essentials...

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Table Setting Etiquette

  • informal table setting

    Informal settings are used in 99% of restaurants you will dine at - even the expensive ones. At an informal table setting, the salad fork will be to the left of the dinner fork.

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International Dining Etiquette

  • international etiquette

    Traveling abroad? Hosting a foreign guest? Or trying out a new Japanese restaurant? There's more dining etiquette to learn in our international dining etiquette section...

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Some of the rules may have changed, but etiquette is still important to show courtesy to others in your social and family life and to create a professional appearance on the job.

Etiquette Defined: The standard of courteous conduct in society and among individuals from a group or profession.

Etiquette Fact: Etiquette is a French word meaning “label” or “ticket”. The word was later altered in “etiqueta” in Spain (in the sixteenth century) and used to allude to documented conventions and conduct mandated for anyone that was present in court. “Etiqueta” grew to be used ceremonies held in court and the written requirements for the ceremonies. In France, "étiquette" began to be used to describe appropriate conduct. Finally, by the eighteenth century, those who spoke English embraced the word itself, that the French meaning.