This is National Business Etiquette Week (June 7-13)

bad manners in salesSelling can be sloppy. The hustle and bustle of making sales calls, running from one appointment after another, or boarding a plane to this trade show and then another one, makes us forget our manners. We are so focused on achieving our sales quotas or goals, that we stop remembering there is a proper business etiquette when it comes to, well….doing business and selling.

We are rude when we don’t mean to be rude. It happens.

To help remind us about etiquette, the Protocol School of Washington (PSOW) sponsors the annual “National Business Etiquette Week,” which this year runs from June 7-13th.

Founded in 1988, the PSOW has trained more than 4,000 people from 70 countries. Trainers previously held positions at The White House, the Disney Institute, the Smithsonian and various major corporations.

In honor of National Business Etiquette Week this year, PSOW is sponsoring a contest. The “Business Etiquette in 2025 Video Contest” offers a chance to win complimentary tuition to attend any scheduled Train to be a Corporate Etiquette and International Protocol Consultant course.

To apply, you must submit your video by June 13 in which you answer this question – “What will business etiquette look like in 2025?”

For more details about the requirements, how to win, and what your reward will be, please click here.

For more information, please visit the school’s website at or call 202-575-5600.

Meanwhile, if you don’t have time or interest in competing in the contest, below are four (4) books on business etiquette to help you –

Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success, by Sylvia Ann Hewlett

The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t, by  Robert I. Sutton

Modern Manners: Tools to Take You to the Top, by Dorothea Johnson and Liv Tyler

The Essentials of Business Etiquette: How to Greet, Eat, and Tweet Your Way to Success, by Barbara Pachter


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