As soon as I bring up elevator etiquette during a seminar, I can be sure it will elicit some comments and opinions. Interestingly, the most mentioned issue is leaving the elevator. People always want to know the protocol.
They think they know what to do, but thinking isn’t enough. It’s important to know for sure. When you do, you exude confidence. Manners are valuable because they tell us what to do and what to expect others to do. The result: Confidence.
Back to the elevator. When you’re in a business situation, the person closest to the door in a crowded elevator, man or woman, should step out first. Keep going, if that’s your stop. If not, step to the side as passengers exit and then step back in. It’s always nice to reach back to hold the door for the people after you.
Written By Peter Post
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