By | Shital Kakkar Mehra | Executive Presence Coach for CEOs I Business Communication Expert I Best-selling Author I Co-Founder Katalyst, NGO
Today, etiquette is synonymous with humility and is crucial for building a credible reputation and winning respect. Shital Kakkar Mehra of Soft Skills International decodes a universal element in formal protocol- the R.S.V.P.-that stands for the classic French phrase ‘RÃ©pondez s’il vous plait’ meaning ‘please reply’. This gesture functions on two levels: For the host: It acts as a guide. They can make arrangements for their events, keeping in mind the acceptances they receive. For the guest: It is a form of basic courtesy. It is vital to respond to an invitation, even if it’s to say, “Thanks for the invitation, but regret I’ll be unable to attend”. Responding to R.S.V.P: On receiving a formal, written invitation addressed to you, send a written reply (an email will suffice) within the next 48 hours. If the invite has a response card, write your reply on it. In case it carries the host’s phone number, call with your reply. If you’re unsure about your attendance, respond ‘Maybe’ with a brief explanation of what’s the hold up, and change your reply to ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ as soon as possible. If you’ve confirmed your participation, but are unable to attend due to a last minute unforeseen engagement, call the host personally instead of being an irresponsible no-show.