Eating alone like a Johnny no mate, or actually having to make small talk to “network”. Or ROFFING to avoid having to chat with another human 0 Vote up! Surely you have to ‘step outside to make an urgent call to the office’? 1 Vote up! This was the single worst thing about being a junior lawyer. Being sent to these AWFUL things to "network". I always spent the majority of them sitting in the bogs until I could leave. 2 Vote up! I too would drink a big cup of stewed coffee and then grab one of the newspapers and head off for a massive Donald. 1 Vote up! And having to awkwardly perch your plate on one of those high tables, whilst balancing a wine glass of that horrid gloopy orange juice. 0 Vote up! Have not been a few years but the ones I used to go to they always left a token bottle of red and white on each table of around 8 people - most people too embarrassed to go for it. I never was. Made it slightly more bareable - otherwise just head out to the park with a sandwich... 0 Vote up! Um what is yr topic pp? 0 Vote up! Same re bogs high five! now I’m old and just enjoy making people feel uncomfortable with my unblinking gaze 0 Vote up! Pal had one where there was plated hot food. She tried to manage a beef rendang on rice, and a glass of wine. And a handbag and a phone. This ill-fated 4-item juggle ended with the beef rendang, neatly volcanoed in a mountain of uncle-ben rice, sliding slowly into her handbag. Awkz. 1 Vote up! I hate these, I have to do a lot of them. my tactic is to pick the most awkward looking person and try and talk to them. I do 20 mins of it then go and hide in the loo with a drink. The local lawyers on here is the worst. Its like a game of pass the ahole. Usually you will get approached by an ahole from another firm, the aim is to pass them on as soon as possible to another victim. 0 Vote up! I always think the loos at networking events must be full of people hiding. 0 Vote up! I remember once attending one in South Ken, wandered outside and found a fabulous old skool Italian place, had a wonderful two course lunch on my own. 0 Vote up! I remember escaping to a pub one of these lunches and bumped into a fellow attendee, we were both a bit embarrassed but got chatting and ironically ended up with a good working relationship. On good terms with them to this day... 0 Vote up! Heh @ Jelly 0 Vote up! As it happens, I was at one last week with hot food, where a woman in a pure white dress managed to eat curry from a paper plate balanced on her knee. Rarely have I been so anxious on behalf of someone else. The bravery and the poise. I'd have looked like the before picture on a Daz advert in seconds. Have no recall of anything else from the event. Often I pick the tallest person in the room and talk to them. 1 Vote up! why the tallest person? 0 Vote up! I missed the entire day of a conference walking around Frankfurt. Excellent lunch in the Old Town with a bottle of solid Riesling. 0 Vote up! I am very tall, it is less awkward than leaning down at people. 0 Vote up! these things are awful, particularly if you go alone from your company / firm and can't just talk to a colleague. I tended to approach it on the basis that most other attendees hate them so just go and find someone to annoy and they may be grateful for the distraction. 0 Vote up! Take a paperback into bogs 0 Vote up! I like Guy's lunchtime hookup in the pub. Genuine heh for Jels. 0 Vote up! Clients hate them as much as you do!!! I recall going to these type of events whereby although a lawyer I was also a Client (well my company was). God they were excruciating. Awful. In fairness though I was never left alone (which I would have felt awkward for me) but did wonder how they picked who would come and talk to me. I just cba at small talk. If I know you great - let's chat but if I don't - leave me be. 0 Vote up! Was hoping that dinner would be more civilised—yes, still would have to make small talk but at least i’d be sat at a table and I just need to charm the couple of people around me. But no, it’s these barbecue stations that you have to queue up for and then grab seats at a long table. FVCK THAT, made my excuses after a drink and some minimal socialising, am back at the hotel restaurant by myself with my kindle. 0 Vote up! I quite like em tbh. Free food and booze. But then I am working class and much poorer than most roffers. 0 Vote up! You like awkwardly hovering around knowing no one and making small talk with people who usually aren't very welcoming? 0 Vote up! help yourself dinners at conferences are great Fill up your plate, grab a bottle of wine and sneak up to your room and eat in front of telly. 0 Vote up! Kerrist no to awkward I ve always loved talking to randoms at this kind of thing we are all in the shoite why worry about something as trivial as a meet n greet ? Then again orange people that have seen me karaoke already know I have no shame 0 Vote up! The advantage of conveyancer conferences is that if you sit at a table and mention AML or the CML handbook requirements everyone will happily rant away while you quietly eat your lunch. 0 Vote up! Networking is torture. 0 Vote up! It’s piss easy and fun if you make it. 0 Vote up! Perhaps because I WFH, I am quite looking forward to one I am going to tonight, and have put lots of thought into outfit. Hope the booze is decent. 0 Vote up! Bertha does it occur to you not everyone is the same? Some people find networking naturally fun - other people hate it and would rather sit in a room on their own 0 Vote up! a tip I got once works really well most of the time. If it's a buffet, hang around the food pretending you're having difficulty choosing, turn to the person who is waiting for you and ask, "what do you think I should go for?" and then chat to them along the line. Another, look for the wallflower, they literally stand alone near a wall or window and just walk up to them. If they're on a tall table in the middle of the room on their own, don't bother, they're waiting for someone. The wallflower backfired on me once, the guy was a complete lunatic and it turned out, I was the only one in the room that didn't know that so people came up to me to ask how it went! 0 Vote up! but i AM the wallflower! 1 Vote up! Used to hate them as a junior for the reasons above. Now they're a doddle. Talking cock with whoever happens to be near. Enjoy the good free food. Always miss most of it for shopping and sightseeing. Decline the dinners for a gym session or run. Always hammer the free coffee if it's good. Basically treat it all as a paid holiday. If you don't feel like talking to anyone, fine. You won't see them again. 0 Vote up! Conferences are essentially pointless BD for people who can't do BD Or Knowledge management for people who can't do knowledge management 0 Vote up! You don't win work at conferences. You catch up with people you know. 0 Vote up! Lol at anyone I want to know going to a conference I catch up with my pals in normal places 0 Vote up! I always used to take myself off to the nearest pub at these conference buffet lunch things. A few others evidently thought the same, always the interesting people to chat with. 0 Vote up! Don’t do it then Guy, simple. 0 Vote up! Clergs I usually just focus on rinsing the free grub. Hence why I'm not fussed. 0 Vote up! Is PP still there…? 0 Vote up! heh! 0 Vote up! Refresh Back to board Join the discussion Login Register 0 Vote up!