This time of the year is rife with Corporate Functions and Events. Most of us will attend at least one during the course of the year but for some the highlight on their calendar will be when they can actually stay at home one night! The thing is that it really doesn’t matter how many functions you attend, what really matters is WHAT you do at them. This is an opportune occasion to make an impression on the right people to further your career. You never know when the impression you leave with someone could be instrumental in your advancement.
Here are 3 ways to make sure that you don’t only leave a decent impression but that people actually remember you.
1. Bring your best – This means that you not only arrive dressed well, but that you come with a positive mind and a winning smile. This way you are mentally prepared to engage with people instead of disappearing as a wallflower. Smile and make eye contact and proactively introduce yourself to others.
2. Be a good listener – Contrary to popular belief it is not the best talkers that are remembered, but the best listeners. Actively listening means you are engaged in what the other person is saying and listening to understand. Ask open-ended questions to get people talking about themselves, their interests, hobbies etc. Every conversation does not have to be about work!
3. Know who you are – When asked know what makes you unique and stand out from the rest. Have a success story ready, people relate well to stories and remember them for longer. Never talk down about your boss, colleagues or anyone else. Rather have a compliment to share about someone that you work with. Importantly be authentic.
If you are planning an Event and need help contact the experts. The O Company – we’ll pull the rabbit out the hat for your Event!