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 Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.

“Mabel, Mabel, sweet and able, get your elbows off the table!”

Whether the lesson stuck with you or not, the rhyme’s message is clear: Etiquette and body language are important. And this is especially true in business.

Any time you’re in a face-to-face meeting with a customer, colleague, or partner, your body language is crucial. What you say is just as important as how you say it -- and how you look when you say it. Don’t let these mistakes derail your next meeting or distract from your message.

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Originally published Dec 5, 2015 8:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017

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