Posted by lemonjelly on:
You know that line when travelling. It's like they can't be done together. That's usually my mindset, when I attend business conferences. I am at work. I have meetings with partners, and we make deals. My pleasure came from selecting the places we'd eat and when I'd command the menu.
Someone told me last year I needed to have more fun. At a recent conference I did, and my partners noticed from the very first night. And the next night. And the next. On this night, business people were reduced to a drunken mass of revelers, dancing to hip hop, waving glow sticks, perhaps some were wearing the samples of his and her pheromones that were handed out at a networking event?
The ladies restroom of one of Santa Barbara's popular nightclubs was strewn with beer bottles, broken glass, and a poor cast away cherry. I hope its sacrifice helped kickstart a new relationship.
I stumbled home at 4 am. I was back at the conference by 10 am. Everyone looked wrecked. I discussed business in a jacuzzi. Why not? The more seasoned attendees now gave me the Look of Knowing. I had fun, and I had just as many new business contacts as I would have if I'd used my game face.