The Top Ten Mixing & Mingling Countdown

Monday, 12 November 2012 08:02

Yes, the holidays are fast approaching so the opportunities to give our mixing and mingling skill set a test run loom ahead. For fun (I’m having a David Letterman moment), let’s do a countdown of some of the top tips and things to mull over, shall we?

#10 – R.S.V.P. means respond within a few days of receipt of invitation – calling on your cell phone as you’re arriving does not count!

#9 – The new number one public fear is how to mix and mingle – so you’re not alone if you’re feeling nervous! But don’t be wallflower, get out there and mingle!

#8 – It is impossible to manage both a cocktail plate of food and a drink simultaneously – no, you cannot balance your plate of food on top of your glass!

Mixing & Mingling#7 – And speaking of food – your cocktail plate of hors d’ oeuvres should not be stacked high – don’t make it obvious that you missed lunch!

#6 – Do not hover near the buffet table or drink station – that’s where people who are not good at mixing and mingling position themselves to be rescued!

#5 – When being introduced to someone, new visualize their name as you hear it to help you remember it for more than 30 seconds!

#4 – Plan in advance of any occasion two or three things of interest that you are prepared to talk about that others would find interesting – and the weather does not count!

#3 – Alcohol etiquette is not an oxymoron! And know how to give an impromptu toast!

#2 – Everyone communicates in thousands of different ways non-verbally, so make sure you know what your face is communicating when they are droning on and on..!

#1 – Just thought you’d be interested in knowing, people view you 40% more often from a rear profile than face to face! So as you prepare your exit strategy...!

Happy Mixing & Mingling!

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