21 Professional Etiquette Rules for Your Next Networking Soirée

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I went to NYU for Film & TV and had the entrepreneur’s spirit since being a tot when I contracted chores out to my older sister for a profit (ha!). I run Hello Lucy Design (a web management and design biz) full time as well as Editorial Direction for LikeABossGirls.com. As a full-of-energy go-getter, my motto is “Why the heck not?”. I'm a mid-western girl who has worked for the BBC in London, Nickelodeon in NYC, and Jazz Aspen Snowmass in Colorado. One of my proudest accomplishments was serving as Co-Director for three consecutive years for the Fusion Film Festival of NYU, celebrating women in film, TV, and new media.

‘Tis [almost] the season for holiday parties.

And if you’ve got a killer internship, job, or network of awesome friend, then odds are you’re attending one of these parties.

Of course, some of your fellow guests might be folks you want to collaborate with or work for…

Our first tip if you’re nervous: breathe! Second tip: be your authentic fabulous self.

Now for some tips on professional etiquette…

The gals at Levo have assembled this list of 21 Professional Etiquette Rules we should all know and make use of. Some of our favorite lesser talked about etiquette rules are below!

  • If you forget someone’s name, admit it. It’s no big deal! Just say, “I’m so sorry, but I’ve forgotten your name. Can you remind me what it is?”
  • Only say “thank you” once or twice during a conversation. If you over use the term, you’ll dilute its impact and make yourself seem needy or helpless.
  • Keep your fingers together when you point. Never point with just an index finger—it’s too aggressive. Instead point with an open palm and keep your fingers together.

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