Should you network at a Christmas party? Wouldn’t that be—crass? It depends on the party. Networking might be a little over the top if it’s a family get-together at Aunt Wilma’s. It also depends on your networking needs. If Uncle Ben, who owns a business, is at the family party and you need a job—just sayin’. It also has a lot to do with your approach. If you’re all about yourself using a scripted elevator pitch that is too “salesy” and self-serving, it might not be well received at a holiday function. So, should you network at the Christmas party or not? Maybe, but only if you follow a few guidelines.

How to Network at a Christmas Party 

Don’t be the Grinch; don’t make it all about you and your work

Talk about the holidays. Ask folks what they’re doing special this year.

Dress the Part

Whether formal, business casual, or ugly sweater, dress appropriately. You don’t want to stand out for the wrong reason.

Don’t have a “Blue Christmas,” share the love

Don’t spend all evening with a few friends. Spread the cheer, meet new people, and network.

Do you hear what I hear?

Listen and learn. You know what you know. Let others talk. You may be surprised by what you learn.

Our finest gifts we bring pa rum pum pum pum

‘Tis the season of giving – before asking for your needs, ask about the needs of others first.

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

Have fun, just not too much fun, like indulging adult beverages to the point of wearing a lampshade as a holiday chapeau.

He’s makin’ a list and checkin’ it twice

And you should check your list as well. Make a list and be sure to thank the host for their hospitality, and follow up with a call, note, or email.

Bring “Joy to the World” 

Stay in the spirit, don’t be pushy, self-centered, or overzealous.

Remember, it’s a Party

So, the answer to, should you network at a Christmas party is yes, but don’t overdo it. Have fun. Listen and learn, meet new friends, and share holiday stories. “We wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas and happy networking.”

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