Last week I had to atend a business meeting in Washington DC. It is quite an important event bringing in people from all over the US as well as from international sites. There are plenary sessions discussing the latest scientific information and break out groups and sessions which are more intimate. Part of the purpose of the meeting aside from the sharing of information is the networking aspect, putting faces to names and interacting in a relaxed but academic environment.
Networking is not my strong point as I am naturally quite shy and prefer to be in the background of the action, however I can make myself be social and behave in the appropriate manner. So there was a meeting that it was particularly important that I attend as it was directly related to a study I am working on. I showered and shaved and went on time to the meeting which was in a large ballroom with various round tables. I found a table and made a point of introducing myself to the other attendees. I was also joined by a work colleague and we chatted about various topics both related to work and social things.
After a while - not a short while but a considerable period of time my hand brushed against my forehead..... and discovered a huge dried booger stuck there!! Not a little one but I big one I was mortified that I had been all this time with this blob stuck on my face. Why didn't someone say something? If it were me I always gently point out lipstick on teeth, open flies, or food in teeth etc etc. I would have really appreciated just one person pointing out what must have been obvious to everyone I had spoken with and introduced myself to not to mention my co-worker who I had an intimate conversation with.