(PRWEB) December 14, 2004
ItÂs that time of year again. The time of holiday cheer with lots of office parties and lots of food and drink. The time to socialize with your co-workers, customers and bosses. ItÂs also the time when you start overhearing the whispers in the hall, ÂDid you see Tom dirty dancing at the party last night?Â Or ÂI canÂt believe she said that right in front of our CEO!Â
People do and say all sorts of inappropriate things at office partiesÂlike the sales woman who brought her dog to her managerÂs holiday party at his home. The dog proceeded to do his business on the dining room rug! Or, the programmer who got drunk and had to be helped home by his co-workers. Or the administrative assistant who wore a very low cut blouse and very short skirt to her office partyÂ the list goes on and onÂ
So with the holiday season fast approaching, how can you be sure youÂre not the person who gets talked about after the next office party? ÂThe first thing you need to do,Â says Cherry Hill, NJ based communications expert Barbara Pachter, Âis to remember that your behavior always matters. Just because you are out of the office doesnÂt means that your behavior doesnÂt count.Â
Pachter, author of the book, ÂWhen The Little Things CountÂ And They Always Count:
: 601 Essential Things Everyone In Business Needs to KnowÂ (Marlowe & Co., 2001), recommends that you view the holiday party as you would any other company event, like a business meeting. You need to attend, dress appropriately and stay sober. It is not the time to let it all hang out!
Pachter also suggests that you mingle. Talk to people you know and donÂt know. DonÂt just stay with your group. Go up to people, say hello, introduce yourself, shake hands. And watch your body language. Even if the party is dull, itÂs bad manners to let others see how bored you are. DonÂt frown, slouch, cross arms or yawn.
Barbara Pachter is the author of ÂThe Power of Positive ConfrontationÂ ($14.95 paperback, Marlowe & Co.). She is co-author of several books including the ÂPrentice Hall Complete Business Etiquette Handbook.Â She is a speaker, trainer and coach specializing in business communications, business etiquette, and assertiveness issues. Her client list features major corporations and organizations worldwide, including NASA, Pfizer Inc., DaimlerChrysler, Merck & Co., Ernst & Young, and the University of Michigan.
Her latest book ÂThe Jerk with the Cell Phone: A Survival Guide for the Rest of UsÂ (Marlowe & Co., 2004) was just published.
For a review copy of her new book, ÂThe Jerk With the Cell Phone,Â ÂWhen the Little Things
CountÂ or for a copy of ÂThe Power of Positive ConfrontationÂ contact Marlowe & Company,
Blanca Olivery: Blanca@avalonpub.com