How to networking during the holidays

Again and again we hear that the holidays are a slow time for businesses. And while that may ring true for a few aspects of your work-life, the holidays are actually a great time for you to touch base with your network, to include old friends you might not see often, referral sources, and professionals in related industries.

Here are 3 great ways to get your network ball rolling this holiday season.

Spread holiday cheer

The holiday party circuit has officially kicked into high-gear. Every weekend you’ve got a different function to attend. Take this opportunity to mingle with those who you don’t see very often. There is no doubt you’re going to be drawn to sit next to someone you’re more comfortable with but make an effort to strike up a conversation with someone you may want to collaborate with in the future. What better a place to build connections than a holiday party. Introduce yourself around the room, shake hands and socialize.

Send out a creative holiday greeting

A great way to let people know you are thinking about them during the holidays is to send out a greeting card, but don’t take the easy way out and just send a card signed “Best Wishes”. For a few examples to get those creative juices flowing, click here.

Throw your own party

Another great way to interact with your network in a less formal scenario is to host a party of your own. It can be anything from an open house inside your home to an all-out soiree at a restaurant and bar, depending on your preferences. This is a great opportunity to mingle with not only the people that you currently work with, but also maybe old co-workers, law school friends, neighbors, you name it! And who knows, maybe the people in your circle will make great connections with each other and they’ll have you to thank!