Why Networking During the Holidays is a Must

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Holiday networking can be an intimidating concept, especially if you’re just getting into the world of business or if you’ve been working on your own before this point in your career.

Holiday networking is a non-traditional way of meeting new people. It’s not about selling your product or service, it’s just to make a connection with someone in the hope that they will be able to help you out in some way, whether it be providing valuable information, introducing you to a contact or even hiring you.

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In order to do this well, you need to be prepared. What are you going to talk about? Who are your target audience for these connections? What do you want them to know about your business so that when the time comes for them to take action on what they’ve learned from talking with you, they’ll remember your name first thing? Be conscious of the fact that holiday networking can happen anywhere! It can happen at your family dinner table where you’re catching up with relatives you don’t see often, at an office party where you shake hands with colleagues, meet their boss or co-workers and maybe even learn about an open position if one becomes available.

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The office party is a great place to network since everyone there has one thing in common – work! The conversation will flow easily as coworkers share stories of their day. And who knows – someone might mention something interesting like a project coming up or another person they think would be great to speak with at length.

The art museum may seem like an odd place for holiday networking but it could be very effective if done right.