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.
Follow these techniques to make a good impression at office parties or any social function.
Plan Your Topics
Think of two to three topics you can discuss with anyone.
Keep It Lighthearted
Avoid office gossip and controversial topics. Stay clear of topics related to sex, religion and politics.
Meet Someone New
Take the initiative to introduce yourself to the CEO. Or talk to someone new while waiting in the food line.
Spark a Conversation
Ask open-ended questions about the person you're getting to know.
Ask follow-up questions about the person or group you're conversing with. Listen more than you talk.
If you're recognized for your accomplishments, gracefully accept the praise, thank the host and acknowledge your manager and your team.
Be sure to introduce a newcomer to those you're conversing with.
Consider Cultural Differences
Take into account figures of speech, how you present humor and personal space.
Limit Alcohol Consumption
Know your drink limit or avoid alcohol altogether to keep your composure.
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