How to Wine and Dine (Part 2)

Impressing clients, co-workers and the Big Boss


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Your immediate supervisor

When wining and dining your immediate supervisor you have to be as cautious as when you’re wining and dining your supervisees, but you can’t be the first to flee. Now is the time to be a long-distance runner, not a sprinter.

You’ll want to find a dark, quiet place to meet. Not romantic, mind you -- unless you have an ulterior motive -- but more clubby and conducive to sharing. While one’s first reaction here might be to go for the Scotch, starting with a half-bottle of wine can let you see where the evening is headed. If your boss waves it off and opts for a full bottle, or worse, be prepared to listen, and listen, and listen. The silver lining here? Well, your boss will think you’re a good listener and if he does happen to overshare, you can earn his respect by keeping your lips zipped. Well, at least until a better use for his info comes along.

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  • Snooth User: schellbe
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    We are supposed to schmooze our kids friends parents in order to get them into exclusive schools or employment?. Greg, you must live on Mars and I must live on Venus, or both, but these are kids. Let them grow up themselves, with a little autonomy.

    And go enjoy a nice bottle of wine with friends while your kids are enjoying the usual over organized extra-curricular activities that kids do today.

    Dec 05, 2010 at 12:29 PM

  • Snooth User: vfsi
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    When I read the title, "Your children’s friends’ parents" , I was thinking, older children and their friends' parents, teenagers. It's nice to know the character of the friends your child has. What better way to find out than to lubricate the parents with a bottle of wine. The acorn doesn't fall too far from the oak.

    Dec 05, 2010 at 2:06 PM

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