To Drink or Not To Drink?
Some of your Circle members like to drink alcohol and some don’t. Some people feel a glass of wine helps them relax after a long workday and helps them share more openly. Others don’t feel comfortable in an environment where drinking is part of the culture.
What you can do
In advance: At Circle kickoff, ask if people would like to enjoy alcohol at Lean In meetings. Many do, some choose not to. As a moderator, you can reduce the awkwardness simply by discussing it up front.
As it’s happening: Don’t let someone be the only drinker or non-drinker. Grab a glass of wine if one person is drinking, or have some water if there is only one non-drinker. No one likes to feel like an outsider.