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Networking Events, Part 1

Posted by iammarchhare on 10 August 2009

Networking events can be interesting.  There is the good, and there is the bad.  Of course, this is Monday, so I’m ready to do my Monday rant.  So, this first part covers some of the negatives.

If I hear about “personal branding” one more time, I may just heave.  Why is it we humans want to recycle and repackage old ideas with new names every few years?  Once upon a time, your “brand” was a simple idea: Your reputation.

Then, there is the whole etiquette stuff that every other networking event seems to want to go into.  I’m all for etiquette actually.  Being polite is simply showing respect for others.  However, some of what is considered “etiquette” really is a matter of taste.

For example, who really cares whether or not someone is wearing short sleeves in the office during summer?  It’s kind of funny that someone isn’t allowed to wear a “dress shirt” when they “dress” for an occasion.

Another even stupider one I have seen disseminated on the net is the myth that you either wear suspenders or a belt but not both.  So, where do you clip that cell phone belt clip on your suspenders, anyhow?  Not only is it impractical, but there are those who are in the business of knowing that say a belt with suspenders is OK.  Therefore, if a future employer really is going to judge you on such a petty matter, then it is just proof you don’t want to work for someone who not only doesn’t know fashion but is too dumb to realize they don’t know anything about fashion.

I also have to wonder about worrying about how much someone’s shoes tell you about the person.  It is always important to appear your best.  On the other hand, there’s also a reason a person is looking for a job.

A lot of times, I will wait until the food arrives before putting a napkin in my lap, unless I’m eating bread or whatever is put on the table beforehand.  I guess I get docked points for that one.  I wonder how many points I would get docked for tucking my napkin into my shirt collar to keep food from ruining my coat and tie.

Whenever it comes to which water glass to use, it seems there are a million rules.  I’ve always been told that it where the knife points.  Now, I guess it is always on your right (something about “b” and “d” and “d” stands for drink).  Funny, don’t they do it differently in Europe, though?

Which just all goes to show that the “experts” cannot even agree.

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