I know it's barely November and it seems way too early to be talking about holiday parties, but I also know you've already seen Christmas decorations at stores. If retail can rush the Holiday season, then damn it, I can too!
To that end, I have come up with a quick list of thoughts pertaining to networking and partying during the holiday season. Consider this a "do or do not" kind of list. Just always remember, "There is no Try" (Benji bet me a dollar I couldn't get the word "Yoda" into a post).
So here's the list:
10. Host your own network gatheringBring your network to your office, house or favorite joint and introduce them to one another. It's a great way to help many at once.
9. Learn other culture's holiday greetingsI speak to a lot of people who miss saying "Merry Christmas". So say it, but also be able to wish others a festive holiday of their choosing too.
8. Setup weekly 4 tops for lunch between now and holidaysThis is a great way to bring your network closer together. Look for the synergies and let them happen at the table in front of you.
7. Instead of sending clients cards and gifts, send them referralsWhat can I add to this?
6. Get the attendee list in advanceYou will be able to make the most of your networking time by having this information. Hopefully that adds to your cheer.
5. Use your holiday networking time to help get a jump start on your new yearStart filling up your January calendar with the folks you are meeting now.
4. Don't be that GUY* at the partyYou know the one who either is throwing their card in everyone's face or falls down because they drank too much.
3. Know what your follow up plan looks like before needing itIf you know your target client and target business partners, you will know who the people you need to follow up with immediately.
2. Help others connect by introducing them to the people you know they need to meetAsk questions. Listen. Understand how you can help and make the appropriate connections. Both parties will appreciate it.
1.5 Ask the host "who are the three people here that I must meet"?They know everyone so they are in the right space to play matchmaker.
And the real # 1...Don't Network in the Punchbowl!It's just bad form
*GUY is an acronym for Gender Undetermined Yet
What seasonal networking tips do you follow?
Here's to a most magnificent holiday season. Cheers!