I’m bringing you Jaimie Field‘s latest Rainmaking Recommendation a week after she originally posted it, but at just the right time – as we’re getting ready to kick off our Annual Meeting here in Sicily! Not only does it help me offer you some content while I’m out of the office, but it also provides some solid advice to those getting ready to enjoy a few cocktails by the seaside in Taormina (though I must say, my delegates are very well behaved generally!).

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Can you believe that we are almost at the unofficial start of the summer?  Memorial Day is coming up and with it, lots of summertime parties, industry conventions and business events.

However, it is also a great time to destroy your reputation with “just one more”.   Yes, I am talking about alcohol.  Like the holiday parties during the winter, for some reason people let their guards down just a little more as the weather gets warmer.   Maybe it’s the heat making you thirsty; maybe it’s the fact that we are dressed a little more casually at some of these events.  However, you need to know when to stop.

I was recently at a business event where one of the participants got a little too tipsy (read: drunk as a skunk). She became unstable on her feet and a bit belligerent.  She was talking too loud and gossiping about things that she shouldn’t have been saying.  One of her colleague graciously took her out of the event before it became even more embarrassing for her.

Now, I have no idea what happened the next day at her office, but I do know that she will be looked upon a little bit differently than she was before she got schnockered.  People may lose trust in her abilities to control herself in the future.

Your reputation is a combination of your actions plus what others think about you.

What could people, who have never met this woman before, think about her drunken antics?  What kind of reputation has she just developed for herself?

Your reputation and your brand are intertwined.   Damage one, and the other can be damaged as well.

I am not adverse to a drink (or two) at an event – and I am partial to really good Mojitos on the rocks during the summer.  But you must know your limit before you limit your chances of success.

Help me spread the word!

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Lindsay Griffiths is the International Lawyers Network’s Executive Director. She is a dynamic, influential international executive and marketing thought leader with a passion for relationship development and authoring impactful content. Griffiths is a driven, strategic leader who implements creative initiatives to achieve the…

Lindsay Griffiths is the International Lawyers Network’s Executive Director. She is a dynamic, influential international executive and marketing thought leader with a passion for relationship development and authoring impactful content. Griffiths is a driven, strategic leader who implements creative initiatives to achieve the goals of a global professional services network. She manages all major aspects of the Network, including recruitment, member retention, and providing exceptional client service to an international membership base.

In her role as Executive Director, Griffiths manages a mix of international programs, engages a diverse global community, and develops an international membership base. She leads the development and successful implementation of major organizational initiatives, manages interpersonal relationships, and possesses executive presence with audiences of internal and external stakeholders. Griffiths excels at project management, organization, and planning, writes and speaks with influence and authority, and works independently while demonstrating flexibility in thinking, especially in challenging situations. She also adapts to diverse and dynamic environments with constant assessment and recalibration.

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In 2021, the ILN was honored as Global Law Firm Network of the Year by The Lawyer European Awards, and in 2016 and 2017, they were shortlisted as Global Law Firm Network of the Year. Since 2011, the Network has been listed as a Chambers & Partners Leading Law Firm Network, recently increasing this ranking to be included in the top two percent of law firm networks globally, as well as adding two regional rankings. She was awarded “Thought Leader of the Year” by the Legal Marketing Association’s New York chapter in 2014 for her substantive contributions to the industry and was included in Clio’s list of “34 People in Legal You Should Follow on Twitter.” She was also chosen for the American Bar Association Journal’s inaugural Web 100‘s Best Law Blogs, where judge Ivy Grey said “This blog is outstanding, thoughtful, and useful.” Ms. Griffiths was recently chosen as a Top Author by JD Supra in their 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards, for the level of engagement and visibility she attained with readers on the topic of marketing & business development. She has been the author of Zen & the Art of Legal Networking since February of 2009.