Five Ways to Network a Barbecue and Not Get Burned

As the school year ends and summer approaches, social schedules ramp up with graduation parties, BBQs, golf outings and the like. At least some of these will be hosted by your firm, clients and other business contacts. It’s an opportunity to meet and reconnect with lots of people. However, it’s also entails an obligation to do so.

You can’t just stand around by yourself or with a few people you already know. Even if you’re shy, you can contribute, and even enjoy it. Here are five things to remember when meeting people for the first time.