5/14/10

so I am invited to have a drink/eat with a part of my new team ( 3-4 people) next week. I am just thinking is there anything that I should be aware of when talking? I meant certainly it is not as serious as an interview any more but still I guess i can't just random chitchat out there. Thoughts?

Thanks.

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5/14/10

Nothing is off limits. When I have drinks with colleagues, I openly discuss:

Abortions
Child molesting in the Catholic Church
Incest
Nancy Pelosi
Hemorrhoids
I brag about my sexual prowess in front of females
After a few beers I bet everyone that I have the biggest dick at the table
One at a time I ask everyone how much they make and laugh if it's a low figure.
I explain why women and gays can't serve in combat

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5/14/10

Dude, it's a little weird to ask for conversation topics... If you have nothing to talk about that's interesting your life must suck.

5/14/10

If you are that socially awkward that you need to post on a message board to ask for topics to discuss over a beer, you have some issues.

5/14/10

The best conversations are the ones that happen naturally.

"Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, for knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind. And greed, you mark my words, will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA."

In reply to Billy Ray Valentine
5/14/10
Billy Ray Valentine:

If you are that socially awkward that you need to post on a message board to ask for topics to discuss over a beer, you have some issues.

dude I am not posting a message asking which topics should I talk over a beer, I am asking which topics should I NOT talk about first time meeting a team. At the very least, it is not a high school friends reunion. What makes you think of " socially awkward" by asking this?

In reply to Iamsure
5/14/10
Iamsure:
Billy Ray Valentine:

If you are that socially awkward that you need to post on a message board to ask for topics to discuss over a beer, you have some issues.

dude I am not posting a message asking which topics should I talk over a beer, I am asking which topics should I NOT talk about first time meeting a team. At the very least, it is not a high school friends reunion. What makes you think of " socially awkward" by asking this?

Becasue common sense should tell you what is or isn't appropriate for a team outing. If you don't know this I think socially awkward...

5/14/10

"When in doubt whip it out."

^^^Always works for me, then again I do have an 11 incher.

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5/14/10

I would just let others start the first few conversation topics (or start with a 'safe' topic like news/sports), and from that point on you should be able to tell intuitively what is and what isn't appropriate. Stay inside the established boundaries and let others push the envelope, but don't do it yourself.

5/14/10

stay off politics, religion, don't use profanity, don't come across as overbearing/aggressive and don't be the guy sitting there nursing the drink without saying anything either.

smile, laugh when appropriate and chip in when you can.

5/14/10

Don't talk about politics, religion, sex, salary/bonus. Just ask a few questions about work, about their backgrounds, and then just shoot the shit about life in the city etc

5/14/10

Just talk about bonuses.

Still not sure if I want to spend the next 30+ years grinding away in corporate finance and the WSO dream chase or look to have enough passive income to live simply and work minimally.

5/14/10

Probably best to have 6 or 7 drinks before going, just so you're relaxed. The rest will take care of itself.

In reply to Edmundo Braverman
5/14/10

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