Company Holiday Party Etiquette: 10 Tips for Being a Good Guest


Tis the season for ugly sweaters, the big man in red, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, and of course the annual company holiday party. It’s that time of year when sales and marketing teams get together to relax, celebrate, and have some fun. Although technically a party, it’s no time to channel your inner Animal House toga days. We have all heard the horror stories about that one employee, in that one instance during a company holiday soiree, so it’s never too late for a quick refresher on how to be a good guest, while maintaining a standard of professionalism, at your company’s holiday party – or any company party for that matter!

Play the name game, in your head! Forgetting names is a common problem, but also costly if it prevents you from approaching an unfamiliar colleague or their spouse. Check out these tips for great advice for networking events as well as holiday work functions

Make a good toast. It’s not always the best idea to offer up a random toast, but if the moment strikes and you are a host of sorts, check out Entrepreneur’s guide to giving a good toast.

Don’t hover in the corner.A good guest mixes and mingles. Try to talk about something besides work; it can be quite refreshing. Stick to topics that can keep the conversation rolling such as music, movies, television shows, art openings, marketing automation (kidding, but not really), and favorite restaurants around town.

Don’t overdo it on the booze. If you have a tendency to overindulge, limit yourself to 2-3 drinks tops, and drink water or club soda in between alcoholic beverages.

Don’t double dip. Heed the advice from a classic Seinfeld episode. When you double dip, “that’s like putting your whole mouth right in the dip. When you take a chip, just take one dip and end it.”

Check out the other 5 tips on the Marketo Modern Marketing Blog

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Jason Miller
Jason Miller

Jason Miller is a leading digital B2B marketer, who’s held senior roles at LinkedIn, Marketo, and ActiveCampaign. Before entering the B2B space, he spent ten years at Sony, developing and executing marketing campaigns around the biggest names in music. He is a prolific keynote speaker, digital marketing instructor at UC Berkeley, and best-selling author. Also an accomplished rock concert photographer, his work appears in books, magazines, and album covers.

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