We are celebrating NYC’s amazing food and drink this week at NewYork.com (leading up to the annual Food & Wine Festival this weekend). In honor of that, I present you with three compelling reasons why learning to love wine can help give your career a leg up. If you are lucky enough to be an oenophile already, then you have the advantage. If you need a refresher, check out our list of the Best Spots for Wine Tasting Classes in NYC.
Every key corporate decision-maker in New York loves wine
You have to play your percentages and assume that the person who holds the keys to pointing your career trajectory upward is a wine aficionado. The next time you really enjoy a bottle of wine, take a picture of the label with your smartphone and commit it to memory. This way, when you are asked if you have any favorite wines, you can answer with an actual vineyard rather than saying something completely generic like “I usually order Pinot Grigio.”
In business school, all the cool kids belong to the wine-tasting club
One of my clients who finished his MBA at a particular Ivy League institution in New York City can attest to this. His biggest regret is not joining the wine club. Not only was the club a fantastic social outlet during school, but this carried forward after graduation as a way to get together, network and most importantly share job leads.
Clients love it, and love hearing about what you know about wine
Mastering the ability to describe the core aromas behind a wine can really develop your client service capabilities. If you can convince a senior-level person (either within or outside your organization) that you know how to detect hints of oak and vanilla in your wine, you can convince a client to buy what you’re selling. It’s all in your delivery and passion for wine that can prove convincing, and on top of that, clients tend to enjoy being around executives or professionals they believe to be sophisticated and cultured. In a strange way, your client can be made to feel that the investment they’ve made with the bank or consulting firm you represent was well worth it.
Debra Wheatman is a certified writer and career coach who has guided the professional development of thousands of clients globally. She is reachable at firstname.lastname@example.org.