Tips for a Professional Holiday Celebration
The holidays are (finally) here! Have fun while attending a professional holiday celebration. People all around the country–whether they are family, friends, or businesses–are gearing up for holiday party fun. The holidays celebrate faith, loved ones, and the passing of a year into the birth of a new one. Each of these celebrations hold special moments to be remembered for a long time. One of the wonderful things about holiday celebrations is that they present the opportunity to meet new people, to network, and to establish lasting relationships with attendees. While taking place in fun and relaxed settings, holiday parties are also a time to keep up your professionalism. Here are some tips on how to make your holidays pleasant and professional while creating memories for years to come.
There are three major points to consider:
- Just go! Not everyone enjoys parties. This is completely understandable, and it is difficult to get ready for a party when you just don’t feel like going. It becomes harder when you are not sure how many people you will know – or because your favorite showing of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is on TV and you don’t want to miss it! DVR the show and get yourself out of the door. Here’s why:
- Holiday parties are relaxed, yet still professional, environments where you can meet new people you otherwise may not have had the ability to do so.
- They open opportunities for you to grow your network.
- You won’t have the memory of the party or make any connections if you don’t go in the first place.
- Being professional is still important. It is true that holiday parties are more relaxed settings than the regular work day. While a certain amount of formality can be dropped, it is still important to behave in a professional manner. You can do this by:
- Knowing the dress code
- Knowing whether you can bring guests
- Being on time and not leaving too late
- Treating those around you with politeness and respect
- Regarding alcohol, it is important for you to know your limits when drinking.
- Establish if you will be drinking, and if so, know your limit before you go out for the night. Keep this in mind so that as the night progresses you are able to keep a clear mind for networking purposes, and so you can keep your personal brand in tact (in the case that alcohol makes you act differently than you normally would).
- Don’t hold alcohol in pictures. These pictures will be posted online, and it will easily become a part of your personal brand which reflects on you as well as your company.
- If you do decide to drink, have a plan of action about how you are getting to the party and how you are getting home.
All these things speak to your character, especially when you are meeting people who are gaining a first impression of you through the holiday event. Have fun while allowing your professionalism to shine!
Our guest blogger, Olivia Hettman, is a second year student at Montclair State University. She volunteers at a homeless shelter in Dover, NJ and is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success at Montclair State University.