Free Site Registration


What Not to Do at the Office Holiday Party

With the holidays come parties, and with parties come opportunities to create good, or bad, impressions. The annual office party in particular presents a chance for employees to enhance their professional image by socializing with people they don't typically work with. Toastmasters International, a global organization devoted to communication and leadership skills development, offers strategies that can help anyone build relationships by turning small talk into smart talk at holiday functions.

Holiday Parties Holiday Parties

Follow these techniques to make a good impression at office parties or any social function.

Image: Shutterstock

Plan Your Topics Plan Your Topics

Think of two to three topics you can discuss with anyone.

Image: Shutterstock

Keep It Lighthearted Keep It Lighthearted

Avoid office gossip and controversial topics. Stay clear of topics related to sex, religion and politics.

Image: Shutterstock

Meet Someone New Meet Someone New

Take the initiative to introduce yourself to the CEO. Or talk to someone new while waiting in the food line.

Image: Shutterstock

Advertisement
Spark a Conversation Spark a Conversation

Ask open-ended questions about the person you're getting to know.

Image: Shutterstock

Listen Attentively Listen Attentively

Ask follow-up questions about the person or group you're conversing with. Listen more than you talk.

Image: Shutterstock

Be Gracious Be Gracious

If you're recognized for your accomplishments, gracefully accept the praise, thank the host and acknowledge your manager and your team.

Image: Shutterstock

Introduce Others Introduce Others

Be sure to introduce a newcomer to those you're conversing with.

Image: Shutterstock

Advertisement
Consider Cultural Differences Consider Cultural Differences

Take into account figures of speech, how you present humor and personal space.
Image: Shutterstock

Limit Alcohol Consumption Limit Alcohol Consumption

Know your drink limit or avoid alcohol altogether to keep your composure.

Image: Shutterstock



10 Ways to Be More Memorable

Tips to help professionals stand out (in a good way)

View the slideshow >>


6 Tips to Prevent a Data Breach

The steps businesses should take to protect against a credit card breach, according to the AICPA

View the slideshow >>


7 Signs Your Best Employees Are About to Leave

Tell-tale indicators that your rock stars are eyeing the door

View the slideshow >>


The Top People in Public Accounting - 2014

The most influential people in the field of accounting, as chosen by their peers.

View the slideshow >>


Top 10 Cities for Accounting and Finance Pros

Accounting Principalsí list shows where your next job should be

View the slideshow >>


Most Unusual Things Employees Were Caught Doing When They Should Have Been Working

Productivity can be a big problem, even at major accounting and tax firms and other types of businesses. Employers recently shared some real-life examples with the staffing company CareerBuilders of some of the more unusual things they've seen employees doing when they should have been busy working:

View the slideshow >>


Back-to-School Tax Tips

Rising education costs mean clients canít pass these up

View the slideshow >>


The Top 10 Retirement Issues

Critical challenges facing Americans and their advisors

View the slideshow >>



10 Best Practices for Accounting Firm Online Content

BKR International hosted a panel of some of the best accounting marketers in the country in conjunction with the Association for Accounting Marketing Annual Summit in Austin, Texas. Putting their smart brains together, they agreed on 10 best practices for building the reputation and visibility of accounting firms in a high technology, but still high touch industry.

View the slideshow >>



Subscribe to the Tax Pro Today newsletter
Twitter
Facebook
LinkedIn
Follow Accounting Today