Office Holiday Party? Use This Slick Move to Win Your Boss's Heart
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Office Holiday Party? Use This Slick Move to Win Your Boss's Heart

by Career Contessa
December 10, 2015

THE INTERNET IS FULL OF LISTS ON WHAT NOT TO DO AT YOUR WORK’S HOLIDAY PARTY. HERE’S ONE THING YOU DEFINITELY SHOULD.

The lights are hung, the cookies spread, and (if you’re lucky) there might be some inexpensive wine or spiked punch on that back table. Cue the annual office holiday party—and all the awkward stories and office politics that go with it. Sure, there are plenty of dos and don’ts you should follow to ensure you don’t make a fool of yourself in front of the HR department, but consider this: why not actually use the party to your professional advantage?

"It's not that sexy of a skill, and a lot of times, it's not that fun to practice. But it works." 

This year, work the crowd. It's an easy trick that anyone can use, but in all likelihood, you'll be one of the few partygoers who do. Why not? Because “it’s not it’s not that sexy of a skill, and a lot of times, it’s not that fun to practice,” says writer Danny Coleman. “But, it works.” {Click to Tweet}

So the sure-fire way to make yourself the most memorable staffer at the party?

Listen.  

Obvious, yes, but also game-changing because we rarely do it. In this social media-saturated world, we spend most of our time talking about ourselves. We Instagram shots of all our fun nights out, we tweet from our vacations, create blogs to document our diet journeys—we’ve even created a hashtag for the anxiety we experience when we feel like other people are better at showing off than we are: #fomo.

Because we’re so used to these sorts of one-sided dialogues, we’re shocked and excited when someone actively listens to us. When you engage and ask questions, you’ll stand out from the dozens of other party attendees who are too busy talking about themselves to bother. And next week? Everyone you listen to will remember.

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How do you put your best foot forward at an office party? Any other tricks?