Actually, I have not personally written the following words of wisdom. This was sent to me by my friends at Project Solvers. I thought it made sense and was worth sharing with you...
It's that time of year again… the holiday office party. Here are some tips on how to turn this into a great opportunity to network!
Mingle with everyone.
Speak with a few people as soon as you arrive (before heading to the bar or buffet table).
Keep your right hand free to shake hands. Any clients you invite are your responsibility; make sure you introduce them to others.
Wear something with pockets, and keep a few business cards on hand.
If you're wearing a name tag, wear it on your right side. It's easier for someone to read while their shaking your hand.
Try to speak to every person in the room, if only to wish them happy holidays. Keep in mind that some people don't celebrate Christmas.
Make conversation with your boss' wife or husband. In fact, be friendly with everyone's significant other. They'll remember your kindness and courtesy, and may prove influential in your future career path.