Networking, Tinsel and You

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5 Shiny Tips for Working the Room at a Holiday Party

Joy to the World, it’s holiday season! This means many holiday parties and many sparkly, tinsel-covered opportunities for networking. The elves at Fireball Network offer you these helpful and humorous tips for mixing business with pleasure. (We try not to take ourselves too seriously, and neither should you.)

1.’Tis the Season to be Jolly.

Tip #1: Have Fun. They’re called holiday parties – not holiday complaint departments. Lighten Up.

2. Deck the Halls…and Yourself.

The buildings are decked out with elegant ornaments, and you should shine too. The right accessories can serve as valuable tools for breaking the ice. (Pardon our winter pun). For Men: A Christmas/ Hanukkah/ Kwanza tie is an appropriate conversation starter. So are snowman cufflinks, or a Grinch tiepin. A Santa Claus tattoo is over the top. For Women: Wear anything red, green, plaid, silver or sparkly that men can compliment without fear of a lawsuit.

3. Be Santa’s Little Helper.

Keep a stash of extra holiday gifts in your office, car, or sleigh. A box of your own business cards is not an acceptable present. Many organizations ask guests to donate unwrapped toys or non-perishable food items at holiday events. Be prepared to give the gift of giving, and you’ll never be called Scrooge again.

4. Go Easy on the Eggnog.

Be professional and stay sober. Tipsy can be bad for business. Tipping over is even worse. Save the heavy drinking for the time you really need it – when you’re stranded in a snow-covered cabin with Crazy Uncle Mortie, and no phone or internet access.

5. Don’t Disrespect the Elves.

Good help is hard to find, so don’t make fun of the little people. Express your appreciation to all the hard-working support staff who help create the fabulous parties we have the good fortune to enjoy.

And now it’s time to wrap up this post with a big red bow. We offer you the gift of good advice combined with good humor, and we hope it’s a gift that keeps on giving. Please pass along our words of wisdom ~ and party invitations ~ to the people in your network. To paraphrase Irving Berlin, “May your days be merry and bright, may your winters be white, and may all your schedules be filled with fabulous parties.”

Happy Holidays and Merry Networking!

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