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Saturday, November 26, 2011

How to Work a Room: HOLIDAY DOs and DON’Ts

Filed under: Guest Author Articles,Happy Holidays!,Networking Tip — Larry James @ 9:00 am

Susan RoAne, Guest Author

Since “How To Work A Room” was published, Susan RoAne been been asked for the best tips to make the most of Holiday parties, because they can be so daunting. Here are a few Do’s & Don’ts for holiday parties.


• RSVP and say YES when the invitation arrives.

• Organize a potluck if the company has cancelled their party. People love the comradery.

• Focus Your Conversation on the Event: The season is the reason. If it’s a company sponsored party you already have a subject for conversation.So, bring your O.A.R. and start the small talk with the items you have in common.

Observe – The venue, food or entertainment. “What wonderful ambience! Didn’t Pat and Joe do a great job planning this party and the food is fabulous.”

Ask – Other guests seasonally topical questions. “Do you have any special plans?” “Do you plan to travel for the holidays?”

Reveal – Your ideas, thoughts, plans. “I plan to be on the slopes for the holidays.”OR “For obvious reasons we’ve decided to stick closer to home rather than fight the crowds.” Add something lighthearted: “I’m still trying to find a low calorie eggnog recipe.”

• Act Like A Host: Be interested; pay attention; listen and introduce people to each other.

• Treat Spouses/Guests (yours and theirs) With Respect: Introduce them with enthusiasm and include them with eye contact, comments and questions.

• Remember That Holiday/Christmas Parties Are Still Business Networking Events: Dress and act appropriately.


• Don’t Drink Excessively: Free drinks have a cost.

• Don’t Assume Everyone Celebrates Christmas: (And if you don’t, be gracious about the error.)

• Don’t Touch Inappropriately: keep hands (and lips) to yourself; “handle” with care and caution.

• Don’t indulge in foods with garlic or onions; bring breath mints.

• Don’t forget to detach from the techie toys (Smart phones, Bluetooths and iPads) and refrain from text messaging, emailing and IMing others when talking with others.

• Don’t Kvetch, Whine, Ridicule, Compete, Correct, Interrogate or Brag.

HowtoworkaroomCopyright 2011 – Susan RoAne – Reprinted with permission. Susan RoAne is the leading authority and original expert on how to work a room. She is a speaker and author who has worked trade shows, conventions, planes, and the bleachers at Wrigley Field, and taught others to do the same. Her latest book, How to Create Your Own Luck: The You Never Know Approach to Networking, Taking Chances, and Opening Yourself to Opportunity, is out and her other books include How to Work a Room and The Secrets of Savvy Networking. To learn more call 415-239-2224. For further information:, or e-mail @:

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