Tis the season for the holiday office party. A time to kick back. A time (for some) to make an ass of yourself. A time to suck up. The holiday party could be the perfect chance to make a good impression on the “big bosses”. Angela Civitella is a business management coach and found of the firm INTINDE. She has some marvelous tips on how to be savvy and not sauced at the big shindig.
Behave yourself. Don’t laugh. You wouldn’t believe how many people forget themselves when staring down a bowl of eggnog. Let’s ration the levels of alcohol consumed in an environment where you can’t afford to lose your mind, or your manners. Oh, and don’t forget to dress like presence matters to you
Crack Wise-dom: Guess we’ll leave the two-fisting for our own holiday party…
Make the first move. Here’s your moment. Here’s where you make it count. Just a little liquid courage (very little) and off you go to introduce yourself to the person who signs your paycheck. Make sure your drink is in your left hand because you don’t want to extend a clammy cold hand to your boss and have that be your first contact with him or her. Remember to clearly state first and last name and do not forget to mention which department you work in. This is very important. Remember, less is more. Don’t be like a bull in a china shop. Be smooth, light and quick. You have eight seconds to make a lasting impression, not eight minutes.
Crack Wise-dom: So we shouldn’t use the boss to balance our unsteadiness on? Check.
Be social. It is a party after all. You certainly don’t want to be seen as a wall flower or as someone who goes to the bathroom all the time because you don’t know how else to circulate the room, right? And don’t talk about work with the boss. Pick any other subject to engage the boss in conversation with. It is considered poor form to discuss at a holiday event something that can be discussed at the office any day of the week.
Crack Wise-dom: But what about a causal conversation about how Sarah is banging three different co-workers? No?
Include their plus one. You would give yourself away as a corporate climber if you do not pay attention to the person accompanying your boss at the event. Be inclusive, ask them questions and show interest in wanting to get to know them. If your boss brought someone to the office holiday party, chances are this person is important to know and to include.
Crack Wise-dom: But don’t sleep with them. That’s bad…
Make an easy and quick exit. Do not overstay your welcome. You are not the only person that should hold the boss’s attention. They need to make sure everyone is enjoying themselves. Be open, be friendly and be on your way.
Crack Wise-dom: Be quick like a dude with whiskey d&ck… Got it.
While the majority of people are all swept up in holiday warmth and sappiness, others want to make the Naughty List.
Our pals at WalletHub have compiled a list of 2019’s Most Sinful Cities in America. To determine the most wicked places in America, WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities based on seven sinful behaviors: anger and hatred, jealousy, excesses and vices, greed, lust, vanity and laziness. (Which makes us want to travel to these horrible places.)
Topping the list, as it should--Las Vegas. The least sinful? Pearl Harbor.
Drop these gems on the family at Christmas dinner:
Irvine, California, has the lowest violent crime rate, 0.56, which is 35.9 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 20.08.
Fremont, California, has the lowest share of obese adults, 15.30 percent, which is 3.1 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 47.40 percent.
San Jose, California, has the lowest share of adult smokers, 8.20 percent, which is three times lower than in St. Louis, the city with the highest at 24.69 percent.
West Valley City, Utah, has the fewest beauty salons & spas (per square root of population), 0.184699, which is 36.9 times fewer than in New York, the city with the highest at 6.812589.
How sinful is your city? Find out.
With Black Friday behind us and Cyber Monday in our face, it’s so tempting to just spend, spend, spend on our family and friends. Because it’s Christmas and stuff. But ringing in the New Year with a hefty credit card bill is not fun, nor credit score smart.
Steve Siebold is the author of the book “How Money Works”. He’s a self-made millionaire who has some advice on keeping your spending in check.
Leave your emotions on the shelf: It’s easy to get wrapped up in the spirit of the season, but when it comes to buying gifts this year, leave your emotions on the shelf and let reason be your guide. This is when you must start using logical thinking in the decision-making process. While your spouse might really like that $1,000 necklace, is that really the smartest move if you don’t have the money?
Crack Wise-dom: Buy your spouse Sweet Tarts necklace instead. Say you’re “reliving your youth”. Get ready to sleep in the garage.
Plan ahead: Make a list and check it twice. Before you head to the store, make a list of each person you need to buy for, and allocate a certain amount of money for each of them. Don’t overspend by even a dollar. This is important because if you start overspending by five dollars here and 10 dollars there, it adds up quickly and you can easily go into debt.
Crack Wise-dom: Make your own “Naughty or Nice” list. Determine that 99.9% of the people you know are assh&les. No gifts for them!
Be honest: The last thing your friends and family want is to see you go into debt, or further into debt. Remember, there’s no shame in telling people that this year will be a lean holiday season when it comes to exchanging gifts. People will appreciate your honesty and attention to your finances.
Crack Wise-dom: “Hey, Uncle Larry. You really are a giant douche. So, I don’t want to spend my hard-earned money on you.” #LeanChristmasForYou
Don’t get caught up in the moment: If your shopping cart is overflowing, step back, regroup and make sure you can really afford everything you plan to purchase. While there are some good deals to be had, don’t fall for marketing campaigns that make you feel as if you’re getting a great deal when you’re really not (i.e. buy it today – pay for it tomorrow). The key is to be mentally tough to know when enough is enough.
Crack Wise-dom: We don’t need an 85-inch 4k TV. Our home isn’t even 85-inches big.
Don’t pull out the plastic: Don’t even think of using a credit card unless you are 100% sure you can comfortably pay it off at the end of the month. The last thing anyone needs is to get hit with high interest rates and a blemish on their credit score. Ask yourself this critical thinking question: Would I rather have the short-term satisfaction of expensive material possessions, or the long-term results of financial freedom and abundance?
Crack Wise-dom: The only plastic we’re interested in is the containers with the leftovers. What are we talking about here?
Learn from the past: Did you overspend last holiday season or some other year in the past? Remember how it set you back financially? Remember how bad it felt when you opened up your credit card statement and realized you couldn’t pay it all? Revisit that pain and how miserable you felt before you start shopping this holiday season.
Crack Wise-dom: Remember how it hurt getting kicked in the nuts? Yeah. That.
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