Greenbrae, CA, October 24, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- 'Tis the season again for schmoozing with colleagues, clients and superiors at office parties and attend holiday events. Have you ever felt uncomfortable at a holiday party while watching others glide through the event chatting, laughing and just making the rounds? They appear to be natural-born minglers who, when it comes to meeting people and making great personal and professional connections, seem really natural.
First step – Be sure to say yes and RSVP. Here is what we can do to smoothly and successfully manage holiday events, and really enjoy them.
Based on her best-selling classic, How To Work a Room®, author and keynote speaker, Susan RoAne, shares helpful Holiday Do's and Don'ts to make the right impression.
1. Schmooze, Don't Lose: Small talk leads to big talk. It helps us establish what we have in common with others and that leads to big rewards. Read the paper and come with three to five items for comment and discussion.
2. Focus Your Conversation on the Event: The season is the reason. You know the host or sponsoring organization, belong to the group or you are a guest. Remember: The roof is the introduction. If you are in the same room for a holiday party, you already have something in common.
3. Act Like A Host: Be interested; pay attention. Bonus tip: Make it your goal to make every person comfortable with you.
4. Treat Spouses/Guests (yours and theirs) With Respect: Introduce them with enthusiasm. Be sure to focus your attention on all people in the conversation group.
5. Remember That Holiday Company Parties Are Still Business: Dress and act appropriately and graciously.
1. Don't Drink Excessively. "Free" drinks always have a cost.
2. Don't Touch Inappropriately. Keep hands (and lips) to yourself.
3. Don’t forget to Listen as well as observe, ask and reveal.
4. Don't forget to Detach from the Techie Toys (cell phones, PDAs) and refrain from text messaging others when talking to people. Lose the Bluetooth.
5. Don't Interrupt, Kvetch, Complain, Ridicule, Compete, Correct, Interrogate or Brag as these are conversation killers that will close the doors to opportunity.
If you remember to do the Do’s and avoid the Don’ts, you will mingle memorably at every holiday event.
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