I came across a short article on Business etiquette.
For Ph.D.’s looking for jobs outside of academe, the insularity of the ivory tower is often a handicap, but it doesn’t have to be. If you arm yourself with a solid knowledge of business etiquette and a sense of how academics are perceived by the outside world, you will have a better experience on the nonacademic market.
—Speak Up, Shake Hands, and Smile; Chronicle Careers
- Business etiquette is necessary when dealing in the business world
- Overdressed is fine, but dress appropriately
- Rehearse a good handshake
- Make frequent, sustained eye-contact, it is a sign of confidence
- Work on nervousness/anxiety signs offline
- Emphasize on precise written and spoken communication in different contexts
- Practise the “elevator speech”
- Practise your “airplane test”
- Practise your small-talk skills
- Be savvy when you write your e-mails, timing is important, so is content, and privacy
- Don’t attempt communication when your upset, high on pot, or just plain out of sorts