Cocktail Impressions

Ever wonder how to balance a plate and glass, exchange business cards and have a meaningful conversation all at the same time? At the 2010 Etiquette Banquet at the Norris University Center in early April, author and profes­sional development expert Jason Seiden (KSM02) offered tips on what to say, where to stand and how to eat when you absolutely need to impress the person you’re with at a cocktail reception.

This year, the format changed from years past: rather than learning about formal dining etiquette and eating a four-course meal, stu­dents learned about networking etiquette. Seiden spoke to students about topics such as how to enter and exit a conversation grace­fully, then followed up his talk with a question-and-answer session. After the presentation students practiced the tips. The Big Ten Net­work filmed the event for a piece that will air this fall. Two hundred students attended the annual event, which is sponsored by the Northwestern Alumni Association and Northwestern Class Alliance.