5 Reasons Why You Should NEVER EAT At a Networking Event (written by Career Expert, Pete Leibman)

Do you want to keep your shirts stain-free? Then, STOP eating at networking events!

Unless you attend a networking breakfast, lunch, or dinner where it would be rude not to eat the meal being served, you should NEVER eat anything at a networking event.  (I am referring to the typical morning or evening event where appetizers are being served.)  Here are 5 reasons why:

  1. You might spill something on yourself.  Chances are you will be standing up while trying to eat your appetizers.  It’s way too easy to spill something on yourself in that situation.  Magnify any apprehension you may have by 10 if you have to meet new people with a fresh stain on your shirt.
  2. You will be distracted.  If you are focused on eating and satisfying hunger pangs, you will be distracted from speaking to other people.  It is also challenging to have a conversation with someone you just met when you have an egg roll in your mouth!
  3. You will not be able to shake hands.  You have a drink in 1 hand and a plate with appetizers in the other hand.  Unless you have a 3rd limb, that makes it difficult to shake hands when you meet someone.
  4.  Your breath will not be fresh.  Have you ever talked to someone after they have eaten a few Swedish meatballs?  It’s not fun.
  5. Your health will suffer.  Most food at networking events is incredibly unhealthy (i.e. crab cakes, fried meats on sticks, and egg rolls at dinner events and donuts, pastries, and bacon and eggs at morning events).

You are at the networking event strictly to build relationships, so eat something 1 hour before you arrive.  Even your health will improve by doing this!

-Pete Leibman

-Career Expert and President of Idealize Enterprises




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