This can be a sensitive time for others…give them plenty of room (and yourself) to not be perfect
Even with limited time, we can still make another person appreciate the time we do spend with them.
Share sincere and specific good wishes
Create special time for yourself to savor the holiday. Schedule a:
Special dinner out
An activity you enjoy, but don’t take time to do:
Movie, Games, Special party with close friends only, Day in the snow, Take the monorail into town to do shopping
Select a favorite holiday tune and hum it as you go through your day
Hosting a party:
Appoint a greeter to welcome guests
Show where bathrooms are
Offer refreshments (serve the first drink: punch/wine/etc.)
With punch cup cradled on your palm and the handle facing the guest, ladle in punch – minimizes fumbling.
Introduce guests to others – Share similarities with others to start the conversation. EX: “How do you know the host?”
If you are a guest:
A gift is always appropriate to thank your Host
If you’ve brought wine, do not expect the Host to serve it at the party.
Gifting at the Office
Keep gifts uniform among staff members; no hint of inequality
Best if gift comes from company versus individual managers
Safest gift exchange is “Secret Santa” or “White Elephant Exchange”
Thank you Notes
Always appropriate to acknowledge receiving a gift
Send within 2 weeks of receiving a gift, however, the sooner the easier to recall your personal reaction to gift
If gift is not to your liking, always thank the giver’s intention.
When sending a thank you note, comment on the giver’s good qualities (thoughtfulness, giving nature, etc.) or good qualities of the gift (my favorite color, an item I’ve been wanting for some time, etc.). Always be truthful and positive.
Minimize an impersonal, Corporate feel
Generally these cards strengthen business relationships, not advertise business
Ask company staff members to sign
Always sign full name; not just first name(s)
Use the 2-year rule on sending cards:
If a recipient fails to send a card one year, do not remove them from your list unless they don’t send a card the second year.
When the holidays are over:
Make Key Activities a year-round tradition:
Be personable, available, transparent, connect heart-to-heart
Make eye contact while visiting
Make positive observations of others
LET IT GO (expecting perfection of others and yourself)
People interact (and do business) with people they like and trust
Serving alongside others with your talents and knowledge gets better when it’s based on true friendship and respect…does it get better than that?
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