5 DON’Ts AT A FORMAL FUNCTION
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It’s very important to be well mannered at every function, but at a formal function with business elites and potential clients, there are a number of things that shouldn’t be done. Doing some particular things at this type of function will be perceived as unprofessional and nonchalant.
People in business or highly professional people are very particular with the way they move, speak and even joke, so they’d expect nothing less from the people around them. So, from the clothes you wear to the way you speak and move, all will be scrutinized and used to your advantage or disadvantage.
So, if you’re looking to be at a very sophisticated formal function or just a work function here are some of the things to never do at some of those functions.
1. Never Speak Out Of Turn
This is also known as speaking without tactics, which is a very rude way to be in a conversation with anyone talking more of a formal function. This attitude might push potential clients away, and might also take away new opportunities as the high ranked guests might find this behavior unruly and unprofessional. So, you might want to dial back on how jumpy you are in a conversation.
2. Never Dress Shabbily
This function will most likely feature guests with a great eye for detail, they’ll spot the tiniest wrinkle on your outfit. If there’s a dress code, you have to follow the code and make sure you pick out the best for the event. When you look nice, guests tend to compliment you and it often sparks conversations. So, always go the extra mile for appearance at a formal function.
3. Avoid Dirty Jokes
This is not a hangout with friends or gym buddies, this is a gathering with the elite members of certain groups or companies, dirty jokes are very unacceptable. Even when you start to get along with most of the guests, never feel too relaxed to spew some irrelevant, loud and dirty jokes. This will give you a bad name and most people wouldn’t want to work with you anymore. So keep the jokes for your inner circle or your best buddies.
4. Avoid Arguments
It is very easy to get into an argument with someone when you disagree with some of their opinion, but always bear in mind people are watching how you handle this situation. You can brush off any disagreement with a smile or a subtle joke because this is not the place to get into it with a guest or co-worker.
5. Never Chug On The Alcohol
This is not happy hour at the bar, no one wants to see you get sloppy with the alcohol and you should certainly not be trying to prove a point with alcohol. A formal function shouldn’t be where you showcase your high tolerance for alcohol. People wouldn’t want to work with someone chugging on the alcohol at every given second, it makes you seem like an alcoholic and unprofessional.
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