By Samantha Martens
Tomorrow night, Thursday September 21st from 5:30-7:00pm in Shouvlin 105, is the Networking Etiquette Learning Event! At this program, you will have the opportunity to interact with Wittenberg alumni, your fellow students, and Terri Thompson, the queen of etiquette. Terri is the founder of Etiquette in Action, a business where she travels and teaches others “how to navigate meetings and open houses with potential employers, graduate schools, and other business social occasions.” Not only does Terri focus on events like this, but she also comes back to campus during the spring semester for an Etiquette Dinner event, where she teaches students the best ways to go about interviews or business meetings that take place during a meal.
To make this even better, the Networking Etiquette Learning Event is completely free! We simply ask that you register online (http://cs.wittenberg.edu/) so that we have an idea of how much food to prepare. Be sure to wear business casual attire – nothing too fancy, but you want to look presentable and nice to impress Terri and our alumni! To clarify just a little bit, business casual is crisp, neat, and should look appropriate even for a chance meeting with a CEO. It should not look like cocktail, party or picnic attire. You want to avoid tight or baggy clothing, because business casual is classic rather than trendy (NO JEANS). If you would like to wear a suit you are welcome to do so. We would also prefer that you arrive between 5:15 and 5:30pm because the event will start promptly at 5:30! At this event, you’ll find answers to questions such as:
- “How do I enter into a conversation?”
- “How do you shake hands with someone while juggling a plate and drink?”
- “How do you eat a hot wing and what do you do with the bone?”
- “What is the correct way to hand out your business card?”
- “Is it OK to fill my plate?”
This is a great event for students to get practice with networking, and our alumni are here to help you out. Even though they are mainly here to help you practice your etiquette, you never know if you’ll meet someone who has connections with your future interests! Our primary goals are to help you feel prepared for interviewing with future jobs/grad schools, socializing with employers, and eating food that has the potential to be very messy so that you’re completely ready to tackle any business/food related situation.
Please join us tomorrow evening from 5:30-7:00pm in Shouvlin 105 to practice your networking and etiquette skills and to try some tasty hors d’oeuvres! See you there!