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    The Spirit of the Discreet Guide
    FIRST PRINCIPLES
    The Facts of Life
    In and Out of the Men’s Room
    Tuning In and Dropping Out
    Hold It Right There, Lady
    Skeptical Spectacles and a Critical-Thinking Cap
    YOUR SISTAS AND YOU
    Whose Girl Are You?
    Taking Care
    You’re Different, and That’s Only Mostly Bad
    Impressions and the Real Thing
    Sistas
    EARLY MANEUVERS
    School Days
    Your First Company
    The Cubette
    NAVIGATION TIPS
    Guiding Lights
    The Big C’s: Competition, Challenge, and Conflict
    DANGER—FALLING COCONUTS
    Sit Down and Shut Up
    How Do You Get Anything Done?
    He Doesn’t Think You’re Very Smart
    But Don’t Be Dumb
    TOUCHY SUBJECTS
    After Hours
    One-on-One: Danger Zones
    Sex At Work
    GUYS, GUYS, GUYS
    The Big Guy
    The Good Guys
    International Guys
    The Messed-Up Ones
    Bad Guys
    Super Bad Guys
    YOU’RE A BIG GIRL NOW
    Managing—Between a Rock and a Hard Place
    Work—Why You’re Paid
    THE EXECUTIVE WOMAN’S DILEMMA
    What? I Can’t Hear You
    Courage
    Common Sense
    A Powerful Combination
    THE PRIDE OF THE LIONESS
    Power and Risk
    Leadership
    THE DIAMOND

Some Really Good Ways to Irritate People at Networking Events [Snark Alert]

1. Use an unpronounceable name and make everyone repeat it until they get it right.
2. Ignore everyone in the elevator and hallway but suddenly “turn on” once you’re inside the event with your name tag on and start shaking hands with everyone.
3. Stare over your conversation partner’s shoulder and maintain a running commentary on who is talking with whom.
4. Come up with a business idea for everyone you talk to that would use your services. Insist on discussing this at length.
5. Attend the event because you’re looking for a job but hide that information.
6. Describe yourself using any of the following terms: growth catalyst, value creator, futurist, innovator, expert, or visionary [this list is subject to change].
7. Men Only: Shake a woman’s fingers instead of her whole hand.
8. Men Only: Go into a frat house greeting ritual when you meet a guy you know, including fist-bumping and name-calling.
9. Women Only: Hook up with another woman and admire each other’s shoes.
10. Women Only: Speak in code to a woman you know about personal issues, complete with wink-wink, nudge-nudge innuendos.
11. Describe in detail how jet-lagged you are because of your travel schedule (which you also describe in detail).
12. Explain how lucky everyone is that you made it there because you almost didn’t.
13. Talk on the phone. Please, just hang up or leave. Or both.

Copyright © 2012 Jennifer K. Crittenden

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