December 12, 2013, 4:30 PM — Attend your office holiday party, you can make it worth your while.
Sure, you don't want to go, but career coach Kathleen Brady tells Next Avenue it's an opportunity you shouldn't miss.
"A holiday party is the perfect place to renew old relationships and establish new ones," she notes. "Bring a friend, promise yourself a treat, do whatever you must do to motivate yourself to go!”
Right, you say, but I hate that party with the burning passion of 1,000 hibachis. Duly noted, however, the gathering is worth your time if you want to expand your LinkedIn network.
At this point you're wondering, "Does everything circle back to LinkedIn?" Pretty much.
One of the more difficult LinkedIn activities is making first-degree connections, especially with people you want to know, but don't. If any of these people are attending your holiday party, Brady says meet them, socialize a bit and then, post-party, extend a personalized invitation to connect on LinkedIn.
Voila, it's far more successful and painless than the LinkedIn version of a cold-call.
And while you're in the meeting/socializing stage, Brady offers the pro tip: limit shop talk.
"Ask your co-workers questions about their families, hobbies or interests. That’s a nice way to get to know them better. You’ll undoubtedly discover new connections and commonalities," she says.
You'r far more likely to be remembered - and remembered fondly - if you have a great conversation about your subject's favorite hobby or a shared interest than, say, the fact the mail servers keep crashing.
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