*At business social events, you are still under scrutiny. Your attire should not be too casual or revealing as that impression will carry back to the office and can affect promotional opportunities. You still want to be remembered as the polished (and fun) individual, not for what you wore. Have extra clothing in the car to make a quick change if need be.
*Always hold your glass in your left hand when mingling so the right one is dry and free to shake hands.
*Drink a glass of water or coffee between alcoholic drinks to maintain a sharp, professional conversation at all times.
*Make it a habit to introduce yourself to at least five people you don’t know to build up your network or make new friends. Always focus on them (which also helps if you’re self-conscious talking about yourself.)
*Your date is also under scrutiny. Adults never want to introduce someone as “boyfriend” or “girlfriend” but rather just offer their first and last names; however, if it’s your spouse, provide that designation.
*Always thank the host or hostess and let them know how much you appreciate their hospitality.
*Never plank you knife between plate and table. Set it across the edge of your plate.
*If a sit-down meal, follow the host/hostess for when to put your napkin in your lap and begin eating.
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