When there are a lot of people around me, I like to take a step back and observe people’s behaviours. It is sometimes funny, sometimes discouraging but most of the time, I learn something new. This is the time of the year where we all have our Christmas office party. I had mine last week and I noticed some good moves and some not so good moves from my colleagues ;-). So let’s focus on the good practices instead of talking about the worst zozo making a fool of him!
Identify important people
At each Christmas office party, you always have a unique chance to talk with a VP or important people in the company. Even better, you have the opportunity to have a chat in a non-corporate environment. I noticed some good practices concerning important people:
– Make sure you know the full name of the person you want to talk to.
– These persons are always talking with people (you are not the only smart one who wants to be remembered ;-_). In order to introduce you to the conversation, join the discussion as the waiter is offering a drink or something to eat. This will create an opening and once the waiter leaves the group, you stay in that opening.
– Do not talk about business. This guy wants to have fun and he is certainly not doing job interview with a glass of wine in his hand!
– Do not spend all your evening with him; this won’t be appreciated among your colleagues and you might make some enemies.
– Be funny but remains polite. Stay in the conversation 15-20 minutes and leave by thanking him for this nice party.
Talk to as many people as you can
It is always tempting to stay with your friend at a table and have fun with them. However, while you will be having a nice evening, you won’t create any contacts.
If you jump from one group to another ever half hour, you will have enough time to talk to several people and have fun with all of them.
This is the perfect timing to make “new friends” in other departments or in another location than yours. You never know when your network is going to be profitable. One thing is for sure, if you have fun with several people, that makes a lot of phone number to call when you have a business problem to solve!
In the end, office party should not be considered only on the networking power aspect but it should certainly not be ignored. Have fun and don’t drink and drive!
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