When to be a Guest and When to be a Host

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When to be a Guest and When to be a Host

Encourager-In-Chief: September 20th, 2017

Good manners made easy.

In any social business setting, it is important for us to understand how we want to be seen. Although this is a simple lesson, it’s an important one and deserving of your adherence.

When you go to a mixer or a networking function, you should act as the host, even if you’re not hosting the event. Usually, the actual host is quite busy attending to his or her guests. There will always be visitors coming for the very first time, or who may be shy and introverted. These people may feel very uncomfortable and out of place. Some of them may even think about turning around, getting in their cars, and going home. If you act as the host, you can save the day.

Make the person feel welcome. Go out of your way to start up a conversation, naturally talking about him or her. Before you know it, you will have made that person feel very welcome, and he or she will see you as the hero who came to the rescue.

On the other hand, when you are in somebody else’s place of business, I encourage you to behave as a guest. I conduct my seminars at luxury hotels. Even though I am a paying customer, I never lose sight of the fact that I am there as a courtesy by people who have invested much more than I to create these environments in which I present.

Whenever I need something or if something is wrong with my meeting room, I politely ask if someone can assist me. I thank them profusely when they solve my problem and I continuously brag about their excellent service to anyone within earshot. I’ve selected my seminar host locations very carefully and I appreciate the privilege of presenting there. I always want the people who have allowed me this privilege to know how grateful I am to be presenting at their locations.

I encourage you to do the same when you are a paying guest or customer, or when you are visiting a client or a prospect. Good manners can get you places, and keep you in places, your competitors might never attain.

To have a friend, be a friend.
- Anonymous

This excerpt is taken from my How to Make a Perfect First Impression seminar.

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I encourage you to order my Sales Mastery audio program which also includes this lesson in greater detail.

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