This video is a clip is part of my research. Since I have been invited to some social events in Germany, I thought I'd brush up on my etiquette. This is especially important since the only social events I've attended in my adult life were watching sporting events on TV whilst drinking beer in a pub somewhere (astonishingly, I even managed to offend NYCers by making publicly known to my beer swilling colleagues my opinion about the Yankees -- an original thought in NYC).
your research is watching re-runs of old bbc comedy shows! I'm in the wrong job- I have to pay for a satellite subscription to do the same!
"and let your natural sweetness shine through." Reminds me of a quote from one of my favourite books: "how do you make it seem like the light shining in your eyes is coming through a hole in the back of your head?" (directed at a woman very talented in manipulation by seeming vacant and thus unthreatening).