In many organizations, employees have several opportunities throughout the year to socialize at work-related functions.
Whether you’re attending the annual holiday party, a special meeting, a training session, banquet or other social event, keep these tips in mind for socializing with your coworkers:
Break the Ice
A good way to break the ice is to offer a topic of discussion. Examples might include:
Nothing is more flattering than someone who listens to you carefully and shows sincere interest. How do you learn to listen? Here are a few quick tips:
Winding Down a Conversation
All things (no matter how good or bad) must come to an end—and conversations are no exception. A good ending can go a long way, so take the time to end the conversation on a positive note. The best way to leave a conversation is to smile and thank the other person for his/her time. If you’re a talker, try to read the body language of people you’re talking with and gauge when it may be time to politely end the conversation. Some body language signals may include:
If you realize you’ve been monopolizing the conversation, simply apologize and throw the ball into the other person’s court without drawing too much attention to your faux pas. However, if at this point he/she is ready to move on, it’s likely the other party will end the conversation.
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