Holiday time is here again and if you want to leave a good impression on your business partners or your colleagues here are six tips on how successful people take advantage of the holiday season:
- Raise your Game
Holiday cards are fairly standard throughout most companies, but that’s a pretty generic way to show someone you’re thinking about them. Take it a step further and personalize your holiday cards for those that have been vital to your success. Spend the extra few minutes to reach out to those who you’d like to work more closely with in the coming year. It isn’t news that if you want something, you’ll need to put in the work for it, and that includes your relationships. If there’s one way to leave a lasting impression in someone, making them feel special and thought of is a sure fire way to do it.
- Work the Room
Holiday parties are in full swing by this time of year, and while many people see them as a way to get free drinks and leave work early, don’t miss this opportunity to pave the way for your future. Building relationships is as much about keeping your old ones as it is creating new ones. Your goal should be to solidify current business relationships while opening the doors to new ones. Offer to grab your new acquaintance their favorite drink, have some conversation-starters in your back pocket so you don’t end up looking like a fool, and be prepared with a business card in case the conversation goes even better than expected.
- Host a Cocktail Hour
A great way to boost new relationships with others is to host your own event. Planning a party is time-consuming, but hosting a cocktail hour at a local restaurant can be a great way to introduce new faces to your current group. Invite a variety of people including those that you know well and those that you’d like to get to know better. Encourage them to bring their colleagues and friends as well.
- Meet Face to Face
With the year coming to a close, schedules tend to be a bit more flexible. This is an opportune time to schedule coffee and lunch meetings. This small gesture can go a long way in making a new relationship blossom while reconnecting you with old colleagues and friends.
- Pick Up the Phone
In our digital world, we are all pre-programmed to shoot over a quick email or text message when reaching out to someone. We’ve forgotten about the power of a phone call, which has only gained effectiveness since becoming phased out by the keyboard. This is the perfect time to pick up the phone, whether you’re inviting someone to a holiday get-together or just calling to say hello. Can’t reach them? A short but sweet voice mail is almost as good and will leave an unexpected grin on the end user’s face
This is an often overlooked, yet important aspect of the holidays. With the abundance of family get togethers, work happy hours and travel on top of your already hectic schedule, the stress of the season rings high for most. Book yourself a massage, take a weekend getaway with a loved one, shut your computer and cell phone down for a day, or just take some time with yourself to go for a long walk. Keeping your cool and staying at ease through the holiday season will help you to be as efficient and successful as possible, while setting you up for a prosperous year ahead.
Happy Holidays and successful New Year by P&BC Team!