Social Etiquette and Good Manners/Business dinner

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Dear Ms. Hoffman,

Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year ma'am. I may be attending a dinner next week for the state paralegal association in which personal injury cases from a plaintiff's perspective will be the topic. The talk is led by an attorney who is an expert on the topic at her law firm. While I do not work in the legal field, I do have a certificate in paralegal studies that I completed after my bachelor's degree, and which is truly seeing no use. I do have a good job, but am wary of letting the "grass grow underneath my feet". In general, do you think it's a good idea to start attending such meetings and networking, at least to some extent? Also, since this is presumably a business dinner, could you suggest some appropriate attire? Thank you.

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Todd:
If you are wishing to obtain a position in law, by all means attend as many functions/dinners as possible.  Just rememeber that network is not about asking for a job but introducing yourself to like minded individuals to build your network.

Attire is business; dress for the job you want to obtain.  Jacket and slacks.

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Constance Hoffman

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As a professional etiquette coach and trainer, I am able to assist with any and all of your questions pertaining to social and business skills, party manner, appearance, communication both verbal and written, tipping, email manners and social media, and of course entertaining and dining etiquette.

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As owner of Social and Business Graces, I have been teaching children and adults for over 15 years.

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Owner, teacher, coach and author of "Tips on Tipping".

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