In case you get to use elevators daily, check out these 9 practical tips from Margaret Page. Simple yet often ignored steps that will help you to reduce the akwardness of the elevator ride and ensure a comfortable trip to the top:
- When the door opens, wait for everyone to exit the elevator before stepping in.
- If you’re with a large group, wait for an empty elevator.
- If the elevator is crowded when you enter and you can’t reach the button for your floor, ask someone near the buttons to push it for you. Refrain from stretching across someone to choose your floor.
- Once inside, stand as close to the wall or corner as possible to make room for additional passengers.
- Hold the door for people who are rushing to board the elevator. (It’s really just common courtesy.)
- When sharing an elevator with a prospective client, refrain from sharing your “elevator pitch” with him until you’ve reached your destination.
- If you’re wearing a backpack, remove it and hold it in front of you.
- Refrain from using your cell phone while in the elevator.
- When sharing an elevator with clients or other guests, allow them to exit first. And it should go without saying gentlemen, always allow ladies to exit first unless you are blocking the elevator door.
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