||[Aug. 22nd, 2009|02:45 pm]
Two-bit argosies of blood and wonder
When you hear the words "schmooze", "schmoozing" or "schmoozer", what do you think? What do you think these words mean or connote?|
I think of Mick Jagger chatting up a CEO.
(Hello, I don't think I introduced myself when I added you. I think your journal's interesting).
Something that oozes grease, and not in a good way like bacon.
I'm actually quoting this answer in a presentation I'm doing.
Like networking, but sleazier. Or at least more forthright about sleaziness.
I'm using this in a presentation I'm doing.
I think of politicians working a crowd at an event that is not expressly political. In fact, I have a vivid mental image of state politicians here in polo shirts and khaki pants schmoozing through a crowd at the Vandalia Festival earlier in the summer.
Would you say this is a positive or negative attribute?
I associate it with insincerity. I guess in my mind "mingling" is similar, but for some reason that has a positive ring, whereas "schmooze" seems mostly negative to me.
Sort of between chit-chat and butter-up. Not necessarily strongly sinister or evil. Closer to gossip.
what people use to call 'cocktail parties.'
What I used to do as a professional fundraiser.
socializing even or especially when you don't want to, because it's that or starve?