Networking Tip #5

Avoiding the wet and clammy handshake.

networkingNetworking events frequently involve food and drinks. Have you ever had to shake hands with someone whose hand was frozen or wet from the drink they were holding? It may seem like something small, but it’s annoying and easy to avoid with these tips.

  • Hold your drink in the left hand.
  • Wrap a napkin around the glass or bottle.
  • Be near a table where you can set your drink down while talking with people.

Bonus tip – I highly recommend having a drink with you at networking events, but that doesn’t mean you need to be drinking it. Psychologically, if everyone is there with a drink in hand, you look a little out of place, and even suspicious to some, if you don’t. When in Rome…these are a few ideas to fit in with the crowd. (Practice mirroring and matching as much as you can. That’s a topic for another time.)

  • Hold on, but don’t drink it.
  • Have a soda or water or coffee instead. It’s the drink in the hand, not the alcohol that’s important. I have sometimes asked the bartender to put water with an olive in a martini glass for me, depending on who I’m talking with and what they are drinking.
  • If someone asks if they can get you a drink (because they feel uncomfortable) you can explain that you are the designated driver and a soda or water or coffee would be greatly appreciated.

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If you would like additional information about networking more effectively, contact me. I think networking is a blast!

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