Susan RoAne’s HOLIDAY Tips for the Shy and Not So Shy

1. RSVP and say “yes” and show up!
2. Focus Your Conversation on the Event: The season is the reason.
So, bring your O.A.R. Start with small talk and the items you have in common.
Observe — The venue, food or entertainment: “What fun decorations! And, the food is fabulous.”
Ask — The host or a guest: “Have any special plans for this holiday”? OR. “Who do you think made this delicious crab dip”? Did you encounter traffic (or parking) problems?
Reveal — Your ideas, thoughts, plans; “My plans to be on the slopes for the holidays didn’t pan out.” OR “For the obvious reasons we decided to stick closer to home for a more low-keyed family holiday.” Add humor.” We’re calling it a “holiday-cation”.
3. Act Like A Host (and a gracious guest): Be interested; pay attention; listen and introduce people to each other.
4. Treat Spouses/Guests (yours and theirs) With Respect: Introduce them with enthusiasm and include them with eye contact, comments and questions.
5. Remember: the Holiday/Christmas party is still business. Act accordingly.
1. Don’t Drink Excessively. Enough Said. There is no such thing as “free drinks”. If one overindulges, there’s a price to pay.
2. Don’t Assume Everyone Celebrates Christmas. (And if you don’t, be gracious about the error.)
3. Don’t do anything foolish that you wouldn’t want to see uploaded on YouTube or posted on the internet or a gif.
4. Don’t forget to detach from the techie toys especially smart phones, ). Refrain from text messaging, emailing, status updating or tweeting, Intagramming or WhatsApping when talking to people. Don’t post pictures or comments without permission!
5. Don’t Kvetch, Ridicule, Interrupt, Compete, Correct, Interrogate, Brag or Talk Politics!

BONUS Tip: Dress appropriately for the occasion. Consider time, place and type of celebration. Tuck away your Tux unless it’s a black tie event.
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About Susan RoAne

Susan RoAne leads a double life as a sought-after professional keynote speaker and a bestselling author. Known as The Mingling Maven®, she gives diverse audiences the required tools, techniques and strategies they need to connect and communicate in today’s global business world. The San Francisco Chronicle says she has a “dynamite sense of humor.” To hire Susan to speak for your company, association or college, 1.415.461.3915