By MH Staff - Posted on 9th May 2014
For Charlie Whitfield, whisky brand ambassador, drinking on the job is the job. He conducts tastings and has advice for mixing work and play successfully.
The boss will probably pay, so let him order first. As a stalling tactic, ask for a drinks menu and scan it until he decides. Then order a similarly priced drink.
Ask about his order: “I haven’t had their pale ale, but I love that brewery.” This sort of chatting can lead to other non-work topics, such as travel and food.
Wait for the boss to bring up work, and then ease into your big idea. If he asks a tough question, sip your drink to buy time. Collaboration, not interrogation, best fits the laid-back mood.
Feel the urge to overshare? Stop or dramatically slow down your intake. Remember: your goal is to have the boss relaxed, not to have yourself relaxed around the boss.
Superiors usually pay, as the unwritten rule goes, but you should at least offer to chip in. If you really want to impress or thank the boss, excuse yourself to the bathroom and pay before he has a chance to grab the tab.