The debate on September 26th at 9 P.M. (New York Time) will be bigger than the SuperBowl. And maybe even Halloween in America.
Yes, you want to be invited to a Debate Party to share the excitement such as the verbal touchdowns by Donald Trump. Employers and clients smart about managing talent will let you off the hook on deadlines so that you have a time-out to view that 1.5 hours of history being made.
But, it's critical that you, even in Arizona which has a wild-west ethos, comport yourself as The Guest Who Will Be Invited Back. Here are the 4 musts:
Don't just bring bag of chips. That shows a lack of respect. You are not investing the thought process (what should I bring?) or the money to show the host how much you value the invitation. Party-givers in AZ had told me what I lived there 27 months how disappointed they were with the chip syndrome. They never invited those doing that back for another event.
Why should you bring? Choose among the options.
- Designer beer.
- A large tray of finger foods from a deli.
- Raw (unsalted) cashews and plenty of them. (Hostess with the Mostest Kass Prezio made that one of her signature items).
- A home-made covered dish, along with sturdy paper plates, utensils, and napkins.
- Gourmet cookies. The best are from an Italian bakery.
Lean into the excitement. It's not cool to be objective in a detached way. Sure, you can make erudite observations such as, "Hillary was too scripted and stilted with that emotional issue." But don't be in the wise commentator box. Nobody wants a member of the Greek Chorus at this event.
Yes, you will be expected to jump off the couch, just as with the SuperBowl.
Leave work at the office, including references to it. The debate is on par with a national holiday. No one wants careerism to intrude.
Yes, ask host if you can leave your smartphone on. Explain why that might be necessary
Should some social newbie ask you about work, smirk and reply, "Still there."
Know when to leave. The host shouldn't have to set the wake-up on the smartphone to signal that the evening is a wrap.
On the way out, be hyperbolic about praise for this particular social event. Mention specifically when you will be inviting the host over. For example, that could be for your Halloween costume party or the SuperBowl. People give parties to be invited to parties.