Holiday parties provide a great platform for team networking, which helps you refine skills and lay a strong foundation for collaborating with others.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
1. Be conversational to establish a sense of rapport.
Focusing on something or someone you have in common is a great place to start, but be natural and ask simple questions to engage general conversation. Successful collaborating requires context and foundation. It is difficult to build on shaky ground!
2. Ask for advice, listen and take notes.
It is a great honor to be asked for advice and your peers have a lot of valuable information to share. Ask for it. People are more receptive to being a resource than a means to an end. Ask follow-up questions to keep the conversations flowing. Your colleagues can provide valuable insight, but you need to listen carefully. Have they asked you for advice? Counsel wisely!
“The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.” – Oscar Wilde
“If you propose to speak, always ask yourself, is it true, is it necessary, is it kind.” -Buddha
After any holiday party, jot down on their names, positions, a topic you discussed, or a common interest to job your memory. Even if you don’t have an organizational system for networking and collaborating, taking notes will help you retain the information.
3. Follow up.
If your company doesn’t have a directory, ask for contact information from each new person you meet. Follow up with them – in-person or virtually – referencing something specific from your conversation (see the notes that you took).
Are you ready to start collaborating with your team? What are some tips you’ve found helpful to get started?
At TeamBonding we love having the chance to help our clients give back and helping their communities. It’s even better when we can help companies focus on their corporate social responsibilities and actually have an impact instead of creating vague initiatives. Part of the fun for us is coming up with new ideas and creating new programs to continue giving back. We have a variety of programs from our Charity Bike Build and Team Teddy Rescue Bear programs, Operation Military Care to provide care packages to our troops, all the way to Paws for a Cause where you make dog beds, pull toys, or cat scratchers for animals in shelters – among so many other charitable program options!
Mention team building and you’ll see a lot of eye rolls. Mention that you’ve planned a team building event and the room will fill with groans. To a lot of people, team building feels like a corporate buzzword synonymous with forced participation, uncomfortable interaction and just a means to an end. Some think of it as purely a waste of time, taking them away from work they could be doing.
We have an exciting year of trade shows lined up! From ice sculpting demonstrations to battling with bows & arrows, our team is ready to bring the fun to these events across the country. Will you be in attendance at any of these shows?! If so, be sure to swing by our booth and say hello!
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It’s one thing to create an atmosphere of trust and a feeling of camaraderie between employees when they’re all in the same building 40 or so hours a week.
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