10 Tips - How to survive the Chrismas revelry

Abi Ward, account handler, Total Media

1

Modern technology

Use it. Ensure that those remaining at the office have mobile numbers for you. Check your mobile regularly during the remaining office hours – “slightly merry” help from the person working on the account is better than nothing! Also, put your “out of office” on and check that the person/or people in it are actually in the office, briefed and on hand to help regarding any inquiries.

2

The diet

Accept the fact that December is a month devoted to drinking your own body weight in alcohol, eating until you nearly explode and then more the next day to cope with the hangover. So forget the diet and start again in the New Year with “detox January”.


3

Filing and your desk

Make sure the filing is done and your desk is clear before the festivities start. It might be a mundane and boring task, but a “tidy desk is a tidy mind” and it helps you cope when everything is in the right place.

4

Organisation is key to a successful Christmas party

Write your invitations with lots of notice and ensure that you invite everyone you need to. Pick a suitable venue, it’s all about – location, location, location! Take into consideration the personalities of the clients and their usual eating and drinking activities.

Check numbers and confirm the venue booking.

5

Hangover cures

Hangover kits for you, your clients and colleagues are crucial. If a client is partying with you, send them a hangover kit to be on their desk the morning after the night before. Make sure your kits consist of Nurofen, sugary drinks and carb-loaded munchies. Facing the next day in is unavoidable, so it is better to do it with the best help possible.

6

Time is precious

Accept that your time will be stretched and you simply won’t be in the office as much as you think. Mistakes, however they are made, are not acceptable. Try to ensure that all campaigns for the New Year that need to be planned, booked and confirmed are sorted well in advance.

Admin and paperwork can be done at a later date.

7

Schmooze

Christmas parties are an excellent vehicle for team bonding, impressing clients and cementing relationships with contacts. It’s a chance to let your hair down and see people in a new light, get the office gossip and find out who’s doing what with whom. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to keep your ear to the ground and scout for new business.

8

The boss

Impress your boss – how you behave at these functions and events will be duly noted. You are there to represent your company as well as enjoy yourself. What you do and say can either reap rewards or put you at the back of the line for the next promotion.

9

Pre-Christmas rush

Look out for features across national press and magazines that your client should be in. Your clients will love you for thinking of them and being on the ball, you may save them money and extra activity could help toward that Christmas bonus.

10

Mistletoe and wine

Finally, keep a spare wardrobe in your desk drawer, remember your high heels and a clean shirt, a quick spritz of perfume/ aftershave and go and have fun...

it’s a perk of the job!.

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