Wyboston launches delegate guide to conference etiquette

pharmafile | August 11, 2009 | News story | Medical Communications Conferences 

Wyboston Lakes, one of the UK's best known conference and training centres, has launched a guide to help delegates make the most of mixing with peers and corporate influencers – including steering clear of regrettable behaviour.

The conference and training centre has been used as a base for high-level corporate decision making through to the most pioneering of brainstorms and testing of training environments.

Workplace etiquette extends into meeting rooms across the UK and Europe, corporate customs and culture, but changing times and social mores means what represents 'correct behaviour' is difficult to agree on.

Thousands of delegates visiting the centre each year and, working with key clients, Wyboston Lakes has created the definitive guide to etiquette assured to keep even the most pugnacious of delegates on track:

* Delegates should be prompt and adhere to times schedules.

* Pitching up late on the first morning gives the immediate impression that you cannot be bothered.

* Check journey times and arrive with time to spare in order to network.

* Adhere to dress codes. If in doubt, dress to impress, namely for success.

* Be sure to read the joining instructions carefully – there is nothing worse than being the only guest wearing chinos at a black-tie dinner.

* Respect the rights of other delegates and guests in the venue. Remember you are a representative of your company.

* Refrain from swearing and profane language at all times.

* Allow others to talk and interact in the conversation.

* Turn off mobile phones and blackberries, and concentrate on the speaker. The course is being held to impart knowledge – not for you to carry on your day job in a different atmosphere.

* Leave your partner at home unless, of course, they are invited.

* Do not over-indulge in either food or drink – in particular, alcohol. Things may well be on the company account but do not use the event as a feeding frenzy!

* Make the most of the opportunity and get yourself noticed.

* People behaving badly will be marked out, yet those behaving in line with company policy will need to go that extra mile – work the room!

Clive Bache, sales and marketing director at Wyboston Lakes said: "We have put together this very basic guide as it is amazing how many delegates fail to make the most of opportunities presented to them.

"We've worked with our regular clients to list the basic expectations that corporates have with regard to their delegates.

"It is important to note that in today's market, companies are increasingly looking at the behaviour of their employees – and whilst some may think they are 'at liberty' out of the office, they are in fact under greater scrutiny than ever before."

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