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The most important thing to remember is to be courteous and thoughtful to the people around you, regardless of the situation. Consider other people's feelings, stick to your convictions as diplomatically as possible. Address conflict as situation-related, rather than person-related. Apologize when you step on toes. You can't go too far wrong if you stick with the basics you learned in Kindergarten. (Not that those basics are easy to remember when you're in a hard-nosed business meeting!)
This sounds simplistic, but the qualities we admire most when we see them in people in leadership positions, those are the very traits we work so hard to engender in our children. If you always behave so that you would not mind your spouse, kids, or grandparents watching you, you're probably doing fine. Avoid raising your voice (surprisingly, it can be much more effective at getting attention when lower it!) using harsh or derogatory language toward anyone (present or absent), or interrupting. You may not get as much "airtime" in meetings at first, but what you do say will be much more effective because it carries the weight of credibility and respectability.
The following are guidelines and tips that we've found helpful for dealing with people in general, in work environments, and in social situations.
It's About People
Talk and visit with people. Don't differentiate by position or standing within the company. Secretaries and janitorial staff actually have tremendous power to help or hinder your career. Next time you need a document prepared or a conference room arranged for a presentation, watch how many people are involved with that process (you'll probably be surprised!) and make it a point to meet them and show your appreciation.
Make it a point to arrive ten or fifteen minutes early and visit with people that work near you. When you're visiting another site, linger over a cup of coffee and introduce yourself to people nearby. If you arrive early for a meeting, introduce yourself to the other participants. At social occasions, use the circumstances of the event itself as an icebreaker. After introducing yourself, ask how they know the host or how they like the crab dip. Talk a little about yourself- your hobbies, kids, or pets; just enough to get people to open up about theirs and get to know you as a person.
Keep notes on people. There are several "contact management" software applications that are designed for salespeople, but in business, nearly everyone is a salesperson in some capacity or another. They help you create a "people database" with names, addresses, phone numbers, birthdays, spouse and children's' names; whatever depth of information is appropriate for your situation.
It's a good idea to remember what you can about people; and to be thoughtful. Send cards or letters for birthdays or congratulations of promotions or other events, send flowers for engagements, weddings or in condolence for the death of a loved one or family member. People will remember your kindness, probably much longer than you will!
Thanks for seeing me off at the airport. I really appreciate it. No problem, it's my pleasure. I am glad you had a chance to visit our headquarters, and hope you can come back soon. We should be back in about three months. We'll have another corporate meeting next quarter. Will you be in the area at that time? I should be.... Remember to let me know when your flight is coming in when you come. I'll come and pick you up at the airport. You're too kind. Here we are at the terminal, what airline are you flying with? Um...Let me look at the ticket. Oh, that's right, China Air. China Air is in terminal B, this is the international terminal, so all you have to do is walk straight through those doors and turn to your left, you should be able to see the check-in counter. Thanks again for all your help. If you're ever in the Michigan area, be sure to look me up. Yes. Let's keep in touch
Business etiquette is made up of significantly more important things than knowing which fork to use at lunch with a client. Unfortunately, in the perception of others, the devil is in the details. People may feel that if you can't be trusted not to embarrass yourself in business and social situations, you may lack the self-control necessary to be good at what you do. Etiquette is about presenting yourself with the kind of polish that shows you can be taken seriously. Etiquette is also about being comfortable around people (and making them comfortable around you!)
People are a key factor in your own and your business' success. Many potentially worthwhile and profitable alliances have been lost because of an unintentional breach of manners.
Dan McLeod, president of Positive Management Leadership Programs, a union avoidance company, says, "Show me a boss who treats his or her employees abrasively, and I'll show you an environment ripe for labor problems and obviously poor customers relations. Disrespectful and discourteous treatment of employees is passed along from the top."
To： Willian Huang， Department of General Affairs
From： Joseph Liu， Director of Personnel
Subject： Work Transfer
Date： July 15， 199-
I think， Mr. Huang， the Director of your Department has already talked to you about the change in your work. We have arranged to appoint you as section supervisor in the Security Department at a salary of US$** a month （20% increase） as from Tuesday， August 1， 199-. In your new post， you will be responsible to Mr. Francis Yang for the work of night shift employees in the department.
Your eight years of loyal service in the General Affairs Department have been appreciated by the leadership of the company. Your transfer is completely due to the need of company. You have known that many thefts have recently taken place that have caused heavy losses to our company. We trust that with your appointment to this post， the security work will be greatly strengthened.
Please write to confirm that you will accept this appointment.
Thank you for your letter of 25th September.
As one of the largest dealers of garments, we are interested in ladies? dresses of all descriptions. We would be grateful if you would give us quotations per dozen of C.I.F. Vancouver for those items as listed on the separate sheet. In the meantime, we would like you to send us samples of the various materials of which the dresses are made.
We are given to understand that you are a state-owned enterprise and we have confidence in the quality of Chinese products. If your prices are moderate, we believe there is a promising market for the above-mentioned articles in our area.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Canadian Garment Co.Ltd.
Charm of intonation
Answering a phone in a clear and pleasant tone can show the speaker's professional demeanor and amiable personality.Although your partner can't see your face, your joy or irritation will come through your voice.When you call, your tone should be smooth, soft and serene. Then, if you can talk to each other with a smile, it will make your voice more friendly and enthusiastic.Never chew gum or eat while you're on the phone.
Decent questions and answers
The call should be answered immediately after the second bell rings
When the other party should take the initiative to identify the company or the name of the Department and its name, should not pick up the phone asked: “ Hello, who are you looking for? ” also, to call people need to leave a message should be clear to report the name, unit number, and a message in simple language.The end of the telephone conversation, usually made by the calling party, then politely said goodbye to each other.No matter what the reason for the telephone call, the party shall be responsible for the redial.
In business complaints, it is most common to fail to return calls in a timely manner.In order not to lose every opportunity to clinch a deal, some companies even make telephone calls to be within an hour of the provisions of the reply.Generally within 24 hours of the phone message to reply, if you call back, just in case the other party is not in, but also to leave a message, indicating that you have called back.If you really can't call back personally, you should trust someone else.
Pay attention to jet lag
Before making a call, make sure the difference between the time difference and the working hours of each country. Don't make a phone call on the day off so as not to influence the rest of the day.Try not to call home even if the customer has told you the phone number at home.
Use the telephone properly
In America you can sell the goods to a person be strangers to each other by telephone, while in Europe, Latin American and Asian countries, telemarketing or on the phone for a long time to talk business on the unacceptable.The best way to develop good business relationships is to negotiate face to face with customers, while the telephone is mainly used to arrange interviews.Of course, once the two
日期的书写有以下两种模式：“12 June 1998”[日-月-年]或“June 12, 1998”[月-日-年]
·Dear Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms Wang(表示写信人知道收信人的姓名和性别);
·Dear Sir或Dear Madam(表示写给一位有具体职衔的人，如Sales Manager,
·Dear Sir or Madam(表示写给一位有具体职衔而写信人又不知其性别的人);
·Dear Sirs (表示写给一家免费涉黄，没有明确的收信人)。
一般来说，书信和传真结尾敬辞都使用“Yours sincerely”或“Yours faithfully”。称呼为“Dear Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms…”时结尾用“Yours sincerely”。称呼为“ Dear Sir/Sir or Madam/Sirs”时结尾则用“Yours faithfully”。
For precision Airconditioning Co (Pte) Ltd
Most behavior that is perceived as disrespectful, discourteous or abrasive is unintentional, and could have been avoided by practicing good manners or etiquette. We've always found that most negative experiences with someone were unintentional and easily repaired by keeping an open mind and maintaining open, honest communication. Basic knowledge and practice of etiquette is a valuable advantage, because in a lot of situations, a second chance may not be possible or practical.
There are many written and unwritten rules and guidelines for etiquette, and it certainly behooves a business person to learn them. The caveat is that there is no possible way to know all of them!
These guidelines have some difficult-to-navigate nuances, depending on the company, the local culture, and the requirements of the situation. Possibilities to commit a faux pas are limitless, and chances are, sooner or later, you'll make a mistake. But you can minimize them, recover quickly, and avoid causing a bad impression by being generally considerate and attentive to the concerns of others, and by adhering to the basic rules of etiquette. When in doubt, stick to the basics.