From instant messaging to Bluetooth phones and every trend in between, technology has transformed how humans connect with each other. But until the wunderkinds in Silicon Valley come up with tech-based substitutes for every single human sense, there’s still no replacement for good old-fashioned face-to-face communication. And in the competitive work world—where relationships make or break careers—the best chats happen over food. Yes, breaking bread with a bigwig can spell great things for your career. But make a wrong move when the waiter brings the bill, and you can just as easily leave a sour taste.
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