The Shami Chakrabarti Greeting Someone at a Political Studies Conference Rule

Personally I go for the snog-then-apologise, or the asking them how their spouse is (this one is great when said spouse is a) deceased or b) standing beside them). Forgetting their name when it is on a nametage on their lapel is also a good one. 😀

Paul Cairney: Politics & Public Policy

One of the few things funnier than Shami Chakrabarti’s speech (scroll down here) at the Political Studies Association annual dinner was the sight of a succession of men kissing her, politely but clumsily, on each cheek, as they received awards for excellent scholarship. Women received awards too, but they generally had the greeting down to a fine art. It raised, by far, the most important issue of the annual conference for me: how should I greet female colleagues? Men are easy. You shake their hands. In some cases, you get a bone cruncher, but that’s just physical rather than social discomfort. The same goes, almost always, for women I meet as colleagues. However, on a small number of occasions, we hug. I thought I had solved this problem by simply hugging the same people each time. As long as I know what we’re doing, I’d happily greet someone in…

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