Recently a colleague recounted a story from an event
she attended, which was preceded by a cocktail party.
She lamented that an hour of inane conversation felt
like an eternity and that everyone in the room
probably could have made better use of the time by
doing something else. Why can’t we agree to
eliminate these events altogether and end the small
It’s a tempting thought, but of course it’s not
realistic. Cocktail parties, networking, and social
gatherings aren’t going anywhere, and neither are
those small conversations.