NEW YORK (MainStreet) The holly jolly holidays are finally around the corner, which means a couple things are fast approaching: presents, joy and (duhn, duhn, duhn)...company parties. Often these types of events are tacitly mandatory and can either make or break your reputation within the company. But have no fear; here are some tips and tricks to sounding smart.
Usually the most nerve-wracking part of the whole party is talking to your boss and the higher-ups at your company. Some decide just to say hello, while some take the daring journey to start a conversation. Not only is it important to start a conversation with your boss, but it is also important to talk to your associates. It is the art of networking, which drives every businessman to success. But...there is a trick. When networking, you want people to like you and like what you know. You can't just walk around and talk about your local sports teams. You have to "know" what you are talking about. But it goes beyond that: not only do you need to know what you are talking, but you also need to look like you know what you are talking about.
When attending these parties, it is very important that you look the part. The more professional you look, the better. You never want to be underdressed, always overdressed. Perception is everything in life.
One of the most important techniques that used while talking to anyone in general is to sound confident in what you are saying, even if you have no idea of what you are talking about.
There is no need to tell a fake story, yet don't make it look like you are oblivious to what is going on. Owners of companies and large corporations want you to sound sure of yourself and know what you are doing, because their reputation is on the line. Stand up proud and talk as if you have a form of purpose or meaning, so they know that you mean business and you won't be "put you on the back burner". Make sure to give a strong handshake and look the person who you are talking to in the eyes. This shows that you are comfortable in casual business scenarios and you know what you are doing.