Last post we taught you how to tie the bow tie, and here are some simple etiquette tips to make sure you are making the most of your next event. These tried and true etiquette tips will help you make the most of the wedding, happy hour or work function you attend.
Make sure you are chatting with everyone. Don’t pick a group and stay there the whole night. If you are attending an event with another person – don’t be afraid to split up and work the room. Talk to everyone. If you see someone that isn’t interacting, introduce them to someone who they might have something in common with.
Tip to Move On: Set your drink down as you are talking - you can then excuse yourself to freshen your drink, grab a glass of water, to make moves across the room & check in with other guests.
Hold your drink in your left hand. This keeps the right hand free for handshakes & grabbing an hors d’oeuvre. It makes you look like you know what you’re doing.
Are you at a work function or trying to impress anyone? We suggest you don’t grab for the oversized hors d’oeuvres. This is why we love tiny hors d’oeuvres at Calihan. There is nothing worse than having the opportunity to hob-knob with your boss and having your mouth full and overflowing with crumbs from a too large bite. Grab hors d’oeuvres that are easy to pop in your mouth to avoid missing out on any chats with the VIP’s.
Keep business cards in your coat / jacket pocket or clutch. Having cards easily on hand gives you the opportunity to easily pass one along to network or even casually strike up a relationship that could lead to opportunity.
If you do collect any cards – follow up the next morning with an email. This ensures that they will remember you – or at least have your info in their email search.
Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself. It gives the other person an opportunity to place how they know you and especially useful at larger events, or business functions. This also works really well if you don’t remember the name of the person you are talking to – they often share their name right back, phew!
Pace yourself! Just because there is an open bar, doesn’t mean you have to drink all of it. Keeping yourself sharp tends to ensure you won’t tell that embarrassing story, or get slurry.
Finally - Have fun – It is a party!