We recently held a “legendary” party for eight. Afterwards we had lovely emails, phone calls and super-market bump-intos, full of compliments and thanks for a great evening. A dinner is about the conversation rather than the food and I quietly complimented myself on not only pulling together a lovely bunch but on introducing them successfully.
How often have you arrived at a gathering to be greeted by your host, his eyes wandering around the room, left to right saying, “Let me introduce you. Milo, Denis, Arabella, Gavin, Persephone, Hepsibah, and of course you know Chuck.”
Wow! That was useful, not!
We need to find a connection between people and give them a leg-up in the conversation game. Some examples…
“Helen, I’d like you to meet Ginger. She also had an affair with Curren.”
“Angelina, have you met Clovis? Like you, he's suing his anesthetist.”
“Marlene, remember I mentioned Carlo. His Rothko has faded badly. Can you help?”
" Arlo, this is Gustave. His tennis is terrible."
Extreme, but you must admit, there would be conversation.