THE ART OF MINGLING
Does the idea of going to a cocktail party filled with people you don't know make your palms sweat and your mouth go dry? Do you make up excuses ("I have nothing to wear!" "My cousin just arrived from Uzbekistan!") to avoid going altogether? You're not alone: Ninety per cent of America suffers from minglephobia, the secret terror of large parties. Jeanne Martinet's tried-and-true cure is her unique system of techniques and strategies for overcoming fears and having fun at any kind of party business or social. Updated with dozens of brand-new tricks, tips, lines, and maneuvers, The Art of Mingling offers step-by-step instructions for perfecting:
Whether you are mingling for career advancement, for love, or just to meet people in your community, this down-to-earth guide part how-to, part humor, and part social commentary will get you in the right mood and enable you to have a good time mingling anywhere: in crowded rooms, in small parties, while waiting in lines or in elevators even when forced to mingle with drunks or the Truly Arrogant. You will learn to navigate the dangerous waters of talking politics at parties; and discover the benefits and pitfalls of "team mingling." Using the basic principles of Taoism, you can even learn how to be completely centered and fearless when you are standing all alone. Martinet's field-tested lines (opening lines, emergency escape lines, lines for treating panic, lines for recovering from a faux pas) will become a permanent part of your mingling repertoire. Most of all, you will learn how to truly enjoy every party you attend.