Office parties are a time most people dread. It’s supposed to be unofficial but everyone knows that it isn’t. You are still being seen in a professional capacity and the impression you make at an office party can make or break your career. Office parties aren’t really meant to have fun. They are meant to mix up with your colleagues and make impressions on your bosses, who will be observing you whether you know it or not. So it becomes very important to make a good impression at such parties. Let’s look at the top 10 tips that will help you make a good impression at your next office party.
10. Arrive on Time:
The most important thing in an office party is to arrive on time. It maybe fashionable to arrive late in some parties but office parties are not one of them. Arrive early and let your bosses know that you are a punctual person who values their and others time.
9. Dress Smartly:
Office parties usually have a dress code. Stick to that code and dress as smartly as you can. You don’t need to wear something too fancy. It needs to be neat and clean and should fit you well. Take care of your hair and make sure you look a well groomed person. Don’t go over the top with something too flamboyant.
8. Shake Hands Firmly:
A handshake says a lot about you. When you meet people at a party, your handshake sets the first impression about your personality so work on it. Your handshake should be firm but not too tight. It shouldn’t be floppy like a dead fish either. Have a neutral handshake style and don’t offer your hand palm down to your boss as that is a dominating style of handshake.
7. Stand Straight:
Your posture is going to be what people will see and they’ll make deductions about your professional aptitude based on what they see. If you are a sloucher you need to change that at least during the office party. Stand up straight but not too rigid. Lean in when listening to someone and hold your drink smartly near your waist.
6. Stay Away from Alcohol:
Talking of your drink, remember to just have one little drink. If possible avoid that too. Office parties are not for getting drunk and having fun. This is the last setting in which you’d want to lose control over yourself. If you end up passing out or vomiting in front of your boss, that’s not going to set the right impression now is it?
5. Don’t Stuff Yourself with Food:
While staying away from alcohol you should also stay away from food. I mean of course you can eat but don’t stuff yourself with too much food. Eat in moderation and don’t eat greedily even if you are hungry. If there is a lot of food, it doesn’t mean that you have to try all of it.
The purpose of a office party if to mix with your colleagues so do that. Mingle with people and introduce yourself properly. Have small talk and make jokes if you know any. Don’t make inappropriate jokes that your college friend told you. Once you have spent some time with one group, move on. Try to talk to everyone at the party.
3. Be Pleasant:
While talking to people, remember to be pleasant and speak softly and politely. Don’t get into heated arguments over any topic. Don’t discuss politics or sports or those type of things that can turn into arguments. Be nice to people and use “please” and “thank you” often. Don’t be rude with anyone, even your juniors.
One of the most important thing is to smile. Smiling makes the other person comfortable and puts them at ease. When you smile, they’ll feel good to talk to you. Smile is contagious and when others smile on seeing your smile, their brain tells them to relate you with happiness. That’s the kind of correlation you want to stimulate.
1. Leave Early:
As is clear from the above points, an office party is not fun and might even be considered work. It is tough to put up a good show for a long time. So make sure to leave as soon as you’ve met everybody. Your purpose in the party is to meet everyone and leave them with a fond memory of you. Leave before the night gets old and you do something you’ll regret for a long time.