May. The weather is beautiful (finally!) and kids are still in school, what a great time for cocktail season to begin. Tuesday is Israeli Independence Day, which means there are many events that cater to the Israeli-related community here in Silicon Valley, in addition to the regular pace of the industry networking events. For many, this is the season to fear!
What do you do when you enter a room full of people holding chardonnay, and nobody looks famliar? Or, when you finally talk to somebody , and after a few minutes of chit chat, you really don't want to talk to them anymore, or somebody that you're talking to, doesn't want to talk to you anymore ?
I thought it might be useful to give a few useful tips. Since I really don't know much about the subject, I did a quick Blog Search to discover at least 2 links that give more structured information that I will:
My advice - learn to approach people you don't know and just introduce yourself. Worst case, they just stare at you as if you've fallen from outerspace, but that usually doesn't happen.
Bottom line - we all need to attend these types of functions. Some are better than others, some have better wine ;-) but if you set a small goal of leaving with at least 2 new people that you've met, you're doing great.
Oh, and drink white wine... because in a crowded room, if somebody bumps into you, while you have that nice cab in hand, there goes your white shirt.