Ideas for optimizing my time at social events I have to attend?
September 23, 2012 5:24 PM Subscribe
I'm at business school, and we have regular social functions, mainly happy hours, promoted by the school with the aim of expanding our networks.
It's not like I'm bad at them. I'm actually pretty sociable. But I'm there for a reason, and I wouldn't be there if I had a choice.
Can anyone suggest ways to optimize this socialization time, for example, exercises I might practice at these events to be more witty, funny or charming? Thanks!
posted by Borborygmus to Human Relations (13 answers total) 34 users marked this as a favorite
I don't really drink, I don't like shouting in a bar, and I like to go to sleep early. The happy hours really aren't my thing, but I feel some personal and professional responsibility to attend. I'd rather be out riding my bike.
I can be somewhat charming, mainly because I have a decent sense of empathy. I know when to listen and when to tell a good story. But I'd like to get more out of these happy hours. I was wondering if there's anything I could do with these happy hours in order to refine my wit, to be more funny or more charming.
Please, no criticism of my philosophy. "Just be yourself" doesn't cut it. Work will place me in similar situations in the future. Just how-tos on how to optimize my time if you can. Thanks!