Office parties are an accumulation of a number of things that introverts don’t particularly like.

Crowded spaces, small talk with acquaintances and potentially meeting new people is exhausting for anyone with an introverted personality, but this doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time! There are useful introvert’s guides for work gatherings available online which will give you some pointers on how to best go about these tricky events.

If you have an office party coming up and the thought of it is making you nervous, firstly remember that there is a good chance that it is not an obligatory event! If you really can’t stand the thought of attending, it is important to put yourself first, even if what is best for you means not attending the gathering.

However, while work parties can be extremely tedious and require a lot of precious energy, they do have their benefits. These social occasions provide a great excuse to get to know your colleagues who you wouldn’t usually get to speak to, which can boost your motivation and productivity in the workplace. This could even make the next office party a little less daunting!

Showing your face at the office party will also mean that you are a more prominent name in the company, allowing people to understand your role and turn to you for help if needed. This has an added benefit of meaning that when promotions or other beneficial opportunities arise, your name will already be known to key decision makers.

So, if you want to join in the festive fun but feel as though you need a little preparation, there are some tips and tricks that you can employ which might make the event run more smoothly.

One of the most useful tips to follow, is to arrive at the party on time with a group of colleagues who you feel comfortable with. While the expression is ‘fashionably late,’ arriving at the event when everyone else is already settled will make it harder to break into groups and conversations – which is the last thing you want.

Arriving with a group of trusted colleagues will also mean that you already have a select few people to bounce conversation off of, which is helpful if you are dreading any awkward silences. It will also mean that when you want to take a break from speaking, there are people to fill in the gaps!

While that is a good start, there are plenty more ways to set yourself up to have a good time. Follow the tips below, and you’ll be partying the night away to your heart’s content.

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