Interacting with people you rarely interact with, making small talk with them, can be a harrowing experience, if you do not enjoy it. Here are some tips for you, as an entrepreneur, to enjoy a holiday work party.
Make up your mind to enjoy
Even though you are not too keen on the idea of attending the party, treat it as a venue to have fun and an opportunity for learning. Make up your mind to enjoy the party. Let your hair down, and be determined to relax and make the most of your time spent partying.
Limit the alcohol
You would not want to get completely drunk and behave obscenely in front of colleagues or clients you are going to work with for a long time to come. So, it is a good idea to cut down on the amount of alcohol that you consume at the party.
Consider the nature of the party and the people who will be present there before you choose your outfit. If you are not sure what to wear, it is a safe bet to dress up conservatively.
Don’t hit on anyone
Hitting on someone at the party with whom you are going to work in future might have disastrous results. Try and avoid it as far as possible.
Indulge in small talk
If you do not personally know the people attending the party, conversing with them could be a difficult deal. In this situation, it is a good idea to indulge in small talk with them.
Be polite with everyone at the party. Be friendly and approachable, and talk to everyone. Do not ever lose your good manners and courtesy.
Be genuinely interested
Be genuinely interested in learning about the people you talk to at the party, and do not talk just for the sake of talking. Do not monopolise conversations, and let the other person express his/her views too. Be open to listening to what others have to say.
Don’t get too personal
It is not advisable to get too personal with fellow party-goers, in case of a holiday work party. Stick to safe topics of conversation, and move away if the discussion gets too personal for comfort.