Sunday, December 13, 2015 9:00 am ·  1 Comment
By Laura Machan
I don’t know about you but the next two weeks on my calendar are sprinkled with pot lucks, lunches and cocktails. This is generally where I roll my eyes and find other things to do.
But this year is going to be different. I am looking at each get together as an opportunity to learn new things.
I am going to try not to gossip about people in other departments or complain about the weather, Instead, I am going to positive and maybe even interesting.wine glass
For example, when someone asks me how things are going, my response is not going to be “busy”. Of course I am busy. Everyone is busy. We would not have jobs if we were not busy.
Instead I am going to talk about one of the search projects I am working on. This opens the door for a much more interesting conversation than “I am so busy”.
I am also going to avoid asking about people’s plans for the holidays. There are lots of people who are not going skiing in the Swiss Alps or dining with celebrities. While it can be fun to hear about those adventures, it can also be depressing too.
I am going to ask about next year instead. “Got any plans for 2016?” has a nice ring to it
If I can stick to this plan, I should be able to come away from this holiday season with lots of new ideas and information, that will build an excellent foundation for my big plans for 2016.