|NETWORKING: How to turn a professional party into|
a networking opportunity
It’s important to understand how to navigate these events so you can network effectively and build connections. This knowledge can also come into play at parties with friends and family. Here are four ways to turn your holiday party into a networking opportunity.
Identify who you want to speak with. If you’re attending a larger holiday party, it can be the only time you get to speak with certain individuals in attendance. Research who you want to speak with in advance that aligns with your interests. If you’re attending your work holiday party and are currently looking for a promotion, be sure to chat with your department head. If you have your eye on switching departments, use this time to get to know the people in that branch. If you’re at an industry event, make sure you circulate and speak with as many individuals as possible to build connections down the road. Just ensure that you’ve completed some research in advance to understand who you want to speak with and the role they play.