Celebrating National Business Etiquette Week

National Business Etiquette Week

This year’s National Business Etiquette Week runs from June 7 to 11 at The Protocol School of Washington. The week-long recognition offers instructor-led business etiquette courses, as well as international protocol training.

Founded in 1988, the Protocol School of Washington has trained more than 2,500 graduates from 45 countries. Trainers previously held positions at The White House, the Disney Institute, the Smithsonian and various major corporations.

Observing proper business etiquette — having “people skills” — can very often mean the difference between success and failure.

According to a Carnegie Foundation and Stanford Research Institute survey, 85 percent of job success depends on utilizing proper business etiquette. While a recent survey on TheLadders.com found 98 percent of respondents believe office etiquette is important — with 69 percent saying they would fire an employee who demonstrated bad office manners. 

By ensuring everyone in your company observes proper manners you can sharpen your competitive edge. Remember, your employees represent you, the small business owner, every time they interact with fellow employees, clients and anyone else.

In honor of National Business Etiquette Week this year, The Protocol School of Washington is sponsoring two contests. 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, entrants must submit a video by June 13 in which they answer the question: “What will business etiquette look like in 2025?”

There is also an Alumni-Only Essay/Video Contest. The winner gets to spend a day with Pamela Eyring (pictured above), the president of The Protocol School of Washington.

Eyring has worked with CEOs, entrepreneurs, heads of state, four-star generals and all branches of the military.

She will travel to the winner’s location, treat you to lunch and be available for a one-day company wide seminar for your employees. Or she can provide on-site protocol coaching for you or your employees.

For school alumni only, the contest involves a video of you answering the question, “How would you educate your grandparents on business etiquette in today’s world?”

To upload your video and view additional details for this contest, specifically, see further details.

Image: Pamela Eyring, The Protocol School of Washington/Facebook

Ed Lieber Ed Lieber is a staff writer for Small Business Trends. He is a journalist and marketing copywriter with 20 years of experience writing, editing and managing for print and digital vehicles.