Coffee Shop Etiquette

Coffee Shop Etiquette As a business owner, I often meet with clients, prospects and colleagues to conduct business at coffee shops. I’ll also take some time to use coffee shop Wi-Fi to conduct research, check in with my social media, or even do some writing.  This is the norm these days for many business owners, especially for those who telecommute. Similar to the rules of etiquette when dining in a restaurant, there are rules of etiquette that people should apply while at a coffee shop - whether they are there for social or business purposes.  How you behave and conduct yourself at a coffee shop will have an impact upon the people around you and reveal a lot about your level of professionalism and respect for others. Here are seven coffee shop etiquette tips to keep in mind the next time you head out for a cup of java to ensure you always leave people with a favourable impression by acting appropriately and with consideration: 1.  Buy Something Remember when you attend a coffee shop that you are in a place of business.  If you plan to hang out there you should be prepared to buy their products.  ...

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How to Make a Positive First Impression

How to Make a Positive First Impression It only takes five seconds to make a first impression. That’s it.  Like it or not, people start to form an opinion of you from the moment they first meet you. This especially holds holds true for business relationships - from an initial job interview, to interactions with colleagues, to meetings with potential clients.  Implementing the following tips in business situations when you are meeting someone for the first time will help to distinguish yourself from the competition, enhance your professional presence, and leave a lasting and positive first impression : 1.  Dress for Success Communication experts believe that 55% of the total message presented by a person during a first meeting consists of that person’s personal appearance. How we dress does have an impact on people’s perception of us. People respond to and give more respect to those who are dressed professionally. 2.  Master Your Handshake We notice people non-verbally by their touch, and the way we touch someone in business is with our handshake. A handshake is the physical greeting that goes with our words.  When you are first introduced to somebody, give him or her a warm welcome and a firm handshake. ...

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