Food for Thought
This one is for all of you people in new business development rolls out there. The networkers! The ones that know what an “After 5” is, or are going to need to leave early or be home late because of an “event.” It’s where you go to meet people, right? It’s where you go to generate brand awareness! Those things are great! But I’ve got to know, how was the food??
Sitting around chatting after a staff meeting the other day, the topic of good vs. bad food for networking events came up. There was much laughter as some of us mimed carrying a small plate of food, napkin, plastic fork and usually a beverage, then trying to meet someone, shake hands and dig out a business card. What a juggling act!
Meeting a new person should never be a nuisance! After all, that’s what we are there to do. Thinking back to all of the wonderful companies who have hosted events over the years, I never remember any bad tasting food. But, I do remember an after golf outing dinner that served chicken wings and ribs drenched in delicious finger licking barbecue sauce. Everyone had to have a pocket full of napkins so they could clean up before shaking hands with other attendees!
Some of my coworkers have developed “plans of attack” when it comes to the buffet. Certain situations call for a quick dart to the food and hasty retreat to a table. Other venues require rules such as, never drink and eat…at the same time. It could be as simple as waiting until you are satisfied that you have met most everyone there, now its time to dig in.
What do you like to see at networking events? What is your go to move when it comes time to eat at a networking event? Any funny food fails that you would be willing to share? Send me your contributions and I will compile your feedback and share it next month!