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Challenging Scenario:
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.