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‘Tis the Season: Dos and Don’ts of Holiday Party Etiquette

‘Tis the Season: Dos and Don’ts of Holiday Party Etiquette

Anna Hennings |

Whether it’s a company bash, a family gathering or a personal, after-hours shindig, it’s undeniably holiday party season. You might be gearing up for a whole slew of functions, or perhaps just one, but be sure not to leave without considering what behavior is appropriate for each.

What to Talk About

People love — and want — to talk about themselves. All you have to do is exhibit genuine interest to open the door for them.

Ask how and why questions, or use other open-ended lead-ins like “Tell me about [ … ]”, and you’ll easily get conversations flowing with just about anyone.

How Long to Stay/When to Leave

Every holiday party is different. Whether you anticipate it will extend into the late evening hours or it’s simply a dinner or cocktail event, stay long enough to make a convincing and genuine appearance. Even if you’re there merely out of obligation, don’t make it seem that way! And if you’re there wholeheartedly, be sure to leave that impression.

Don’t stay past the time on the invitation, though. You neither want to overstay your welcome, nor want to be part of the clean-up crew.

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