Artisan Creative’s holiday party is being held today so we thought it was a good time to talk about some of the potential pitfalls of these traditional gatherings—and, of course, how to avoid them.

While we are lunching at Artisan Senior Account Manager Margaret Jung’s lovely home, we will be following these guidelines:

  1. Being the first to arrive is fine; being the last to go home may mean you’ve outstayed your welcome. If it looks like most people are calling it a night, go find your coat.
  2. Chances are you will get a chance to mingle with people you don’t normally run into at the office, maybe even the CEO. Don’t interrupt a conversation to do it, but take the opportunity to offer a warm holiday greeting and handshake to the higher ups. But no pitching!
  3. Don’t talk about work. This is the perfect time for that funny thing your kid said last week or what breed puppy you are putting under the tree. Just keep it brief.
  4. If you know there will be Karaoke at the party, pick a song you know well ahead of time and practice. I recently had a friend come to me for a vocal coaching before an office party and it went well because he took the time to prepare. And if you know you can’t sing, don’t be tempted!
  5. Think ahead about your ride home. Even a couple of drinks can leave you uncomfortable behind the wheel. Carpool with a teetotaler or call a cab.
  6. Have fun (but not too much)!

And don’t forget to buy a Secret Santa gift!

Wendy Stackhouse, for Artisan Creative