How you speak, look and act at social events can have consequences on your career. Holiday parties are one of the most important places where executives and managers are rubbing elbows and where you may be seen by individuals that you may not usually run into. Here are quick tips to keep you confident and making a positive impression:

Your voice reveals education, background, self-confidence, trustworthiness and credibility, all of which can impact your future success. Speak in a focused, motivated and confident manner.
Your attire should not be too casual or revealing as that impression will carry back to the office and can affect promotional opportunities. You still want to be remembered as the polished (and engaging) individual, not for what you wore. If you’re not sure what works best, put another shirt/blouse (dressier or more casual), different shoes and socks, and possibly a different jacket or fancy sweater, and fancier or more casual accessories in the car. If you notice others dressed quite differently from you, slip into a bathroom and make a quick change.  Then…go in with confidence and impress them with your fantastic personality!!!

Is it OK to shoot between two or three parties?  At business social functions, shyness or indifference may be misunderstood by management as being socially unskilled. Try to exhibit friendly bravery by introducing yourself to as many people as possible. Even if you really don’t want to be there, stay at least 1/2 hour and makes the rounds before leaving. This can keep you in the winner’s circle by exhibiting a team player attitude and be good for your working relationships. If this event could have a noticeable impact on your career, be sure to spend a good length of time conversing.

Conversations: Converse with a variety of people. This is your chance to talk with those you may not get to see in a typical day. It is a good way to get to know others outside of the “work environment.” Keep the subjects light and avoid gossiping about co-workers or delving into heavy topics like religion or politics.

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