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15 Networking Mistakes You Can't Make

Zac Frank, Tania Khadder, and Alice Handley | InsideTech

March 26, 2010

Gauche at Networking Events

A lot of networking takes place at parties or events. You probably know the obvious rules: don’t drink too much, don’t be sloppy with food, don’t talk with your mouth full.

But how you interact with hors d’oeuvers is equally important. In one episode of Seinfeld, George Castanza looks like a total fool when he grabs not one but a handful of cocktail snacks from a waitress. Then asks her where she comes out so he can get a head start. When a woman sees what he’s done, he embarrassingly says, “She’s been ignoring this seciton the whole night.”

Don’t look like a fool. Ignore the hors d’oeuvres. If you happen to be near a waiter bringing them around, take one. Don’t pursue the waiter. Don’t lie in wait for him. Pay attention to the networking, not the cocktail weanies.