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The Holiday Office Party Is The Best Time To Introduce Yourself to the Executives

Dr. Ivan Misner

The holiday office party is not just a place for free food and drinks. It can be the best time to introduce yourself to an executive. Making an impact on the boss can be a real career booster, it opens the door for a raise and even a promotion - if you keep these tips in mind: 

Networking Strategies for the Holiday Office Party - Dos and Don’ts:

  • Be Prepared!  Know who you are talking to, what their job role in the company is and what they’ve done this year that has improved the overall performance of the business. Use this info as a way to start a conversation, “Hi Mr. Boss, I was so impressed by the way you handled the Jones Company’s campaign, how did you know that would work?”

  • Have A Teaser Topic Prepared. We’re approaching the end of the year and every executive wants their company to increase profits and performance in the New Year. Have an idea ready that describes how you can improve you sector in the coming year. Don’t give away the goose, set up a meeting to discuss the details.

  • Don’t Over Do It.  Yes, the holiday party is a good time to introduce yourself to the execs but remember, it’s still a party. Don’t act as if you’re in the boardroom giving a presentation, keep it natural, and leave them intrigued.

  • Don’t Have More than One Drink.  It’s a party, but it’s not YOUR party.  You don’t want to be stinking of liquor when you approach the higher ups. Remember, the holiday office party should be considered a work event and you should never over do it on alcohol or you could potentially lose your job.

  • Use the Introduction as a Segway. The end game here is to open the door for follow up. You want to be able to connect with the Boss after the party, one-on-one.

  • Be Confident. Know Your Value. Introducing yourself to the company executive can be an intimidating experience, so give yourself an informed pep talk.  Know your value; make a list of the things you have done for the company over the past year and understand your role in the company’s success.  Once you have this down, there’s no reason you shouldn’t feel good about yourself.

Dr. Ivan Misner is the Founder & Chairman of BNI, the world's largest business networking organization. BNI was founded in 1985. The organization has over 5,000 chapters throughout every populated continent of the world. Last year alone, BNI generated 5.5 million referrals resulting in $2.2 billion dollars worth of business for its members.

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