SURVIVE A SPORTING EVENT WITH YOUR BOSS

Successfully navigate a night in the company box with these tips from Jacqueline Whitmore, author of Poised for Success, and Patricia Rossi, author of Everyday Etiquette

ILLUSTRATION BY MIKEY BURTON

DRESS APPROPRIATELY

Whitmore: “Both men and women should dress conservatively. Stay away from tank tops or bikini tops. Men should stay away from sports logos. It’s important to find out who in your office has gone to these things before and ask them for advice.”

CONSUME WITH CARE

Whitmore: “Don’t make a fool of yourself and drink too much, obviously. Choose foods that are easy to eat. For hors d’oeuvres, stick with ones you eat in one bite. If you don’t drink but don’t want to feel like the odd man or woman out, order a club soda with lime.”

BEFRIEND THE BOSS’S SIGNIFICANT OTHER

Rossi: “They’re always getting left out. It shows you’re kind and courteous. That person to me is more important than the boss: We always go to our loved ones to get the best feedback.”

CHOOSE YOUR DATE WISELY

Rossi: “If your boss is bringing a significant other, you should as well. Don’t take anyone there on a first-date scenario, as you don’t know how they’re going to act. Definitely somebody you know who is courteous and won’t get in anyone’s way. You don’t want anyone to miss a good play.”

ENGAGE THE BOSS

Whitmore: “You’re there for a reason, so he or she’s interested in you. Do your homework and know what the boss likes. Golf, tennis, scrapbooking — whatever. Travel is a great conversation starter. It’s a big turnoff to talk about business right away.”

GET INVITED BACK

Rossi: “If you don’t take the best seat and don’t eat like you’ve just gotten off the cast of Survivor, you’ll probably get invited back. Remember: Don’t use profanity or get loud about the team. The players out there are not paying your 401(k). And it’s great to write a thank-you note.”

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