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10 Tips for holiday networking success


The holiday season is here, and it’s time to revisit business reception etiquette. Are you representing your company well? Are you setting yourself up for that promotion or opening doors for a possible interview? Are you forming new business relationships and solidifying old ones?{{more}} Holiday parties are perfect networking opportunities but can be disastrous if we forget the basic rules. Here are a few tips that will ensure your networking success.

1. Maintain your professional decorum at all times.

Even though you are at a “holiday party”, leave the weekend personality at home.

“Tis not the time to be jolly.”

2. Always carry lots of business cards.

Be prepared to do business at anytime. This is especially important for self-employed individuals. Remember, give only one card unless the person asks for more.

3. Practice your 30-second commercial.

You should be able to articulate what you do in 30 seconds or less. Keep it short.

4. Bring a GREAT attitude.

Be up-beat, do not talk about your problems with your boss, your job or that you will not be getting that Christmas bonus back at the office.

5. Limit alcohol consumption.

An open bar does not mean you need to try all the exotic drinks or load up on FREE beer. Even though it’s a holiday party, be wise when consuming alcohol.

6. Set networking goals.

Plan to meet 3-5 people while at a reception. The aim is to build quality relationships. Collecting lots of business cards does not ensure quality, just volume.

7. Avoid controversial topics.

Avoid religion and politics. Talk about career goals, sports and business news etc

8. Eat but don’t over indulge

It’s always wise not to go to receptions starved. Most of your time should be spent mingling not eating.

9. Offer clean, dry handshakes.

Hold your drinks in your left hand so the right hand is always free and warm.

10. Listen more than your talk.

Figure out how you can help someone instead of always looking for people to help you.

Karen Hinds is “The Workplace Success Expert.” For a FREE SPECIAL REPORT on Avoiding Career Killers in the Workplace, send an email to [email protected]

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