Holiday Season is Great Time for Networking



E. Carol Webster, Ph.D.
Original Copyright © 2011

Tis the season to be jolly and to do some great networking! Take advantage of the many power-packed opportunities to promote your career or business that take place this time of year.

  • Don’t Toss Holiday Invitations

Sure, you’ve already received a ton of invitations to events you don’t want to go to and are likely to get even more. Don’t be so quick to toss or delete them. Stack them up or move them to a “Maybe” folder until you have more time to consider them. But before you do, take stock of where you are in your life and where you’re headed. Who could help move you along? Chances are they will be present at some event you’ve been invited to. Though folks attend holiday functions to enjoy themselves, they realize these are great opportunities to do business at the same time and look forward to connecting with others this time of year. You need to do this too. Just mind your manners — remember to RSVP.

  • Look For New Opportunities

Armed with a sense of where you’d like to be this time next year, look for new opportunities to help you get there. Don’t just stick with familiar networks. New linkages are out there. Can’t identify any on your own? Touch base with mentors and trusted colleagues. They’ll be happy to give you some suggestions — and may even invite you to join them at one of their select events.

  • Enjoy Yourself!

While this merry season may find you paradoxically experiencing some gloom if your life is not at the heights trumpeted by others, push yourself out the door anyway. You won’t feel like the life of the party, but you should enjoy something about the event once you get there. At the very least, listening to others forces your attention off your woes and onto new possibilities for your future. So enjoy the holiday treats, learn from the conversations, and take note of ideas that may give you a boost in the New Year.

Holiday networking can be a boon for those who take time to think about why and what they’re attending and who appreciate the exceptional opportunity to connect with a host of folks at the wonderful collection of events taking place this time of year. Make sure you’re one of them!


About the Author:

Dr. E. Carol Webster is a clinical psychologist consultant in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
She is author of the book for those dealing with the stress of success ―
Success Management: How to Get to the Top and Keep Your Sanity Once You Get There,

The Fear of Success: Stop It From Stopping You! ―
the book to help you overcome fears that may be holding you back in your life and career
The Private Practice of Clinical Psychology in: Voices of Historical & Contemporary Black American Pioneers
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E. Carol Webster, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychology Consulting
Mailing Address: 7027 West Broward Boulevard, #262  Fort Lauderdale, FL 33317

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