Just then, a woman in a red velvet dress set down breath mints on the table and left everyone to their own devices.
I’m not sure this was the party I expected to attend, she said. I haven’t been to anything like this in years, and it’s a little confusing to figure out what to do first.
It’s just networking, he said. Say hello, offer a mint, and be clear about what you’re trying to accomplish. That’s all any of us can do.