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A few basic tips for Christmas networking

As the year draws to a close and the traditional Christmas party craze begins, don’t forget that this seasonal fun they call ‘networking’, involving crackers, funny hats and the drinks-laden party, is not the serious stuff, but all networking is personal, it is about human chains of connections, both to other people and to ideas.

1. Get out there and meet people
Make sure you’re meeting people the right way, or to put it another way the serious networkers know that real networking happens all year long.
2. Go with a positive attitude
Don’t go to a party or networking with a negative attitude. It will be obvious to everyone around you that you don’t want to be there if you have a miserable look on your face, nobody wants to associate with a party pooper, so smile and have a good time.
3. Make sure you have a short-and-sweet resume to summarise yourself
So when they ask you what you do, you’re ready! This is called an elevator pitch, and should be 30 seconds or less.
4. Make small talk and strike up conversations 
Find some common ground early in the conversation. Do you have a common interest – sport is often a safe bet, do you have a common contact? It will make building a connection much easier and people are more likely to trust you.
Networking Tip
By spending time with people who are a step ahead will push you to become better, whether it’s through the advice they offer or the level at which they operate.
So there you have it: a few basic rules you can follow to help you at networking, remember the goal is about building relationships — the network — and a good network will pay major returns in the form of new customers, business partners, fresh opportunities and new friends.
Lorna Burroughes
Thrive – developing connections for growth

Networking puts you in the position to connect with people with whom you want to do business and allows you to gain and grow good business relationships from the beginning. Networking isn’t just about making contacts and connections, it’s about making the right ones. Thrive is a forwarding thinking group of like-minded people who appreciate staying connected and helping each other.