Holiday Networking Tips for the Season

Ho Ho Ho – it’s the holiday season and all the holiday
parties, events, and family visits provide
some of the best networking opportunities of the entire year!

To help you make the most of your holiday season cocktail parties, gatherings and events, here are the 7 tips you’ll need to succeed:

1) Say Yes to all those Parties and Events!

Well, maybe not to everything, but if you’re looking to fill your
pipeline with new people, you’ll meet them at everything from the
neighborhood open house to the office party, as well as those
special holiday business networking events. Be selective and choose the ones where you feel you can make the best connections for your business.

Attending holiday
events is also a good way to follow-up with the people you already
know, such as your clients, business acquaintances, associates,
referral partners, and friends and family.

2) Host a Holiday Party

Have an open house at your home, or host a party at a bar or
restaurant. This is a great way to reach out and reconnect with
people in your network.

3) Be Prepared for Each Event You Attend

Be ready to clearly and concisely tell people what you do and who
you do it for, have a prepared introduction that rolls off your
tongue. And don’t forget your business cards! And while you’re
at it, bring your calendar and a pen so you can schedule follow-up
meetings in the moment.

4) Ask for Introductions

Know who you want to meet and don’t be afraid to ask your friends, relatives, and old and new acquaintances for introductions.

5) Prepare some questions to get the conversation going

“How do you know the host/hostess?”

“Who do you know at this event?”

“What has been the highlight of your year?”

“How’s the family?”

“What plans do you have for next year?”

“How was business this year?”

“What kinds of clients are you looking for these days?”

(Be prepared to answer these questions as well!)

6) Talk about something other than business

In building relationships, which is what networking is all about,
you want to get to know people on a personal level, as well as a
professional level. Take advantage of the holidays to relax and
socialize and get to know people a little better.

7) Focus on other people

Listen at least as much as you talk. It’s better to err on the
side of listening too much rather than talking too much about
yourself and your business.

8) Have fun but don’t eat or drink too much!

It’s the holidays, so relax and enjoy yourself. It’s fine to have
a good time, but you don’t need to be the life of the party. Act
like a professional at all times.

You never know who you’ll meet or where you’ll meet them. The holidays provide plenty of opportunities to meet up with great connections, new and old.

Happy Holidays!

Share this post


Featured Articles

Stay in Touch With Us

Sign up for our blog updates where we share valuable networking and sales tips.