Twelve Tips for Holiday Party Networking

Topics: Agent Tips

The holiday season is filled with family, friends, fun and attending the yearly company holiday party. Many of us have attended memorable office holiday parties. But, did you know that in recent surveys, 35 percent of people do not find corporate holiday parties fun and are dreading having to attend the events? However, these parties are actually great networking events, can help to build your business or even advance your career.


Tips for Networking at a Company Holiday Party

This is the year to embrace the opportunities that can be achieved from the company holiday party. It’s the perfect time to network and build rapport with coworkers, executives and potential customers. Below are some tips to help you make the annual company office party a successful networking event:

1. Go to the event with a positive attitude. It will be obvious to everyone if your attitude shows that you don’t want to be there simply by the look on your face. Party attendees will not want to associate with someone who has a negative look.

2. Set goals or a strategy for the event. Do your research about the event and its attendees. For agents who could be invited to multiple holiday parties, make sure that attending a certain party will serve a purpose other than just to have fun. Go into the party with your goal. For example, create a list of people that you want to talk to at the event and try to make those connections.

3. Network with the right people. While it is comforting to stick with your usual clique of people at the holiday party, it is important to break out of that group and socialize with others. In doing your research, you will find the people that you need to network with to meet your goals.

4. Stay off of your phone. Office parties are time to relax and enjoy the moment, not surf the web. Plus, checking your phone every few minutes gives the impression that you’re distracted and unapproachable.

5. Participate in the event. Participating in the event goes along with attending with a positive attitude. Join in the fun of the theme, such as wearing an ugly holiday sweater or taking part in the white elephant gift exchange.

6. Don’t hover around the food table. Don’t spend too much time standing around the food table. The purpose of the party is to talk to people and expand networking and not to eat away the entire event.

7. Bring your business cards. Make sure you have business cards on hand, but don’t overdo it by handing them out to anyone that will take one. Keep them in a pocket until someone asks for one. After you give the card out, ask the person for their card in return.

8. Utilize your business contacts. Ask a business contact or coworker to help with introductions to a person they know on your goal list. When a mutual acquaintance makes introductions, it tends to be less awkward.

9. Be conversational and listen. Start a conversation with current topics (not business-related) after you introduce yourself. Ask friendly questions and pay attention to the person you are speaking with. Always treat everyone with respect and attention.

10. Know your alcohol limits. Set a limit to two drinks at the party. You don’t want to be “that guy or that girl” who people remember because you drank too much at the company holiday party. You want to make a great impression so people will remember you.

11. Know when to leave the party. Note when the party seems to be slowing down and make your exit.

12. Say thank you. Personally thank the host of the party when you are leaving and follow up with a thank you email or personal note the next day. Send follow-up emails or make calls with the people that you spoke with at the party. Also, connect with party attendees on social networks, especially, LinkedIn.

Enjoy Your Holiday Parties this Season!

Use the above tips to help you create a smart networking strategy so your company holiday party is worth attending. Hopefully, you'll make some great new connections or business opportunities – and have fun while doing it!

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This material is for informational purposes only and is not legal or business advice. Neither AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. nor any of its subsidiaries or affiliates represents or warrants that the information contained herein is appropriate or suitable for any specific business or legal purpose. Readers seeking resolution of specific questions should consult their business and/or legal advisors.

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