holiday_party[1]A few major opportunities remain for business networking before year’s end. Do it wisely so you are remembered favorably.

    Be subtler. Start conversations with small talk about the holidays, the surroundings, the weather, etc., rather than with “What do you do?” Have your printed and verbal business cards in your “back pocket” in case you can use them diplomatically.
    Look and act professional. People are still deciding 10 things about you within 10 seconds of seeing you and will carry that impression with them into the office in 2015.

        o Don’t overeat or over drink. Moderation is the key, and you know your limits.
        o Don’t tell off-color jokes or use crude language just because the atmosphere is more relaxed. Such behavior offends many people, including coworkers, their spouses, partners and families who can carry a lot of weight.
        o Dress properly for the occasion. Inquire ahead of time regarding appropriate dress for men and women. Women, don’t show excessive cleavage if you want to be taken seriously in the office or are looking for a new job.
        o Practice behavioral basics. Exhibit good posture. Give a firm handshake. Maintain eye contact at least 85 percent of the time. Keep your gestures understated, especially in a crowded room where expansive gestures can lead to touching someone else or even spilling your food or beverage … or theirs!


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