There’s only one thing left to do before we ring in the New Year: party! A New Year’s party is a great chance to close out 2017 and network with the right people to make your 2018 incredibly successful.
Below are 8 ways to successfully network at your New Year’s Eve party this year:
You may attend a New Year’s party with friends but it will be a waste if you don’t mingle with the other guests. Most guests at a party don’t know everyone that is invited so the easiest way to start a conversation with someone is to walk up and say hello!
2.Tell Your Story
Make sure the other guests at the party know who you are. If you want to broaden your connections it is important that people know who you are and what you’re about. People will remember you if you make an impression so make sure to introduce yourself to everyone and let them know your story.
3.Start With a Simple Question
Struggle with small talk? A simple way to start a conversation is to lead with a simple question. These questions help get the conversation started and allow you to learn more about the person you are speaking with. ‘May I join you?’, ‘How do you know the host?’, and other similar opening questions help to ease the tension and get the other person talking.
Everyone is at the party to have a good time. Don’t be the person that sits in the corner by themselves. Smiling and being happy at the party will attract other people to you. Being personable is a great way to let other guests know you are open to a conversation.
While it’s important to help move the conversation along and have a back and forth with the person you’re talking to, it is also important not to hog the conversation. Actually listening to the answers someone else gives you is crucial to networking.
6.Show Your Passion
While it is very important to let others speak and to listen to them talk it is equally as important to share your interests and passions with the other guests. When you’re passionate about something and share that with others it shows.
People respond to how others speak so when you speak with joy and enthusiasm others will respond positively to that energy and will have positive interactions with you.
7.Manage Your Body Language
Non-verbal cues are just as important as what you say when you are networking. Make sure to portray confidence in your body language and to keep your arms uncrossed.
Maintain strong eye contact and keep your physical appearance clean to portray a strong, kept, and confident demeanor.
8.Follow Up in 2018
It’s important to follow up with any good contacts you make at this year’s New Year’s party. If you have a good connection with someone and are given a business card or any indication they would like to hear from you be sure to follow up in 2018. This will open the lines of communication and show that you were listening and are sincere in your intentions to connect with these individuals.