Super Simple Networking Tip #1 of 3: In Which Hand Should You Hold Your Glass?

super simple networking tip part 1 of 3

Networking events are often the most confusing and daunting part of doing business for professionals of all ages and all levels of experience.

Who do you talk to at a networking event? What do you talk about? There are so many questions that cloud up your mind when you’re walking into a networking event.

In this video and blog post series, I want to share with you 3 super simple networking tips that will help you appear polished and in control at your next networking event.

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Click here to read Part 3 of this series.

Super Simple Networking Tip #1: Hold Your Glass in Your Left Hand

The first tip I want to share with you is to hold your glass in your left hand – and keep your right hand free. 


Why? Because when you hold your glass in your right hand (which is the hand you use to shake hands), your hand will become cold and clammy from the moisture on the glass. And when shake hands with others at the event, it wont’ be a warm and welcoming handshake that you give; it will be a cold and clammy one.

That doesn’t leave a good impression.

Also, you should always keep your right hand free. Why? Well, let me ask you: Have you ever seen somebody at a networking event fumbling around trying to juggle a plate, a glass, and shake hands all at the same time? If you have, you’ll know that it’s a recipe for disaster and it will only make you look flustered and disorganised.

A wise networker knows that you only carry one glass, or one plate at a time.

An insightful networker knows that this glass or plate should always remain in your left hand.

I hope you found these tips insightful and useful. If you did, then please share this blog post with your friends.

Now I’d love to hear from you: Which hand do you usually hold your glass in? Please leave your comment in the section below.

About Kara

Kara Ronin is the founder of Executive Impressions. She is an executive coach who specialises in leadership presence, social skills and business etiquette. She is also the creator of Bestselling Udemy course, Business Etiquette 101. Kara’s advice and unique perspectives have been featured in Time Inc., Business Insider, Ignites Europe (a Financial Times Service), The Muse, The Local France, The West Australian, and more. Kara works regularly with lawyers, investment bankers, and finance professionals to help them build presence, authority and influence in business. Get Kara's insights delivered straight to your inbox