Golden Rules to Enjoying a Party without Becoming Front Page News
Drinking is considered a normal part of most social events. I am not saying it's right or wrong, just that it seems to be acceptable. What many often forget is that our conduct and performance are as much a part of our personal brand as our image and style.
To make sure your personal brand is seen, attending social events are essential. But, it is also important to recognise the rules of drinking. One misstep can make you the talk of the office or gossip magazines for months to come.
Without recognising the A – List rules of drinking in a social event, you may suffer the consequences of damaging your personal brand. Celebrities such as Charlie Sheen and Linsay Lohan have taught us this lesson. Charlie Sheen was out of control with his excessive drinking. Linsay Lohan was charged with driving under the influence and spent time in jail.
If you do decide to make an appearance, follow these A- List golden rules:
Keep drinks to a minimum. Although parties are supposed to be more casual and fun, do not go overboard by drinking too much. It is unprofessional and you’ll likely end up saying something you didn’t mean. It’s also a good way to ruin your chances of moving up professionally. If possible, stick to non-alcoholic drinks or have one or two cocktails throughout the entire night.
Know when to leave. While it is great to spend quality time with co-workers, don’t overstay your welcome at a party. Mingle, be seen, connect with the movers and shakers and then leave.
Always catch a cab after drinking. Unless you want to be like Linsay Lohan, catching a cab after a party is the wisest decision you can make.
Your personal brand can be critically harmed through fool hardy behaviour.
Everyone knows someone who has embarrassed themselves drinking too much or maybe it was you. Its ok, ‘When you know better you do better” as Oprah says. What’s important is to make a decision to not drink or have only one; maximum two drinks the entire event. If you drink even one or two glasses always take a cab. Sometimes even being seen drinking and then driving can damage your reputation.
You rarely see A-List celebrities falling down drunk at events and those that do are rarely invited back to those premier functions.
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