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When I’m at a party, I refrain from telling people what I do, not wanting to mix business with pleasure. Am I off base?

Q: When I’m at a party, I refrain from telling people what I do, not wanting to mix business with pleasure. Am I off base?

A: Many lawyers feel uncomfortable talking about their themselves and what they do. Even at a social gathering, though, it’s possible to mention or even discuss the profession and your role in it, without either apology or braggadocio. Being one who helps people or entities solve their problems, build their futures, maintain their rights is something of which you can be proud without seeming boastful. Should someone within your social circles learn of your abilities and want to seek your help, or let others know of you, respond graciously. Connecting others is one of the pleasures people take in life.