The holiday season has officially begun with American Thanksgiving this Thursday and a host of parades, tree lightings, shopping trips and get-togethers with family, friends and colleagues as well as exchanges of gifts and good wishes leading up to Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and the start of a new year!
It’s the most wonderful time of year for your life as you have an opportunity to spend time with the people who matter most to you. You can also set aside time to do a detailed review of the past year: the people and situations that you want to remember and those that you choose to forget; what was gained and what was lost; what was learned and what was shared. Another year has passed and whether it was an easy or difficult year, use this time to do what’s best for you: rest and relax, listen and learn, energize and socialize.
It’s the most wonderful time of year for your business as you have the opportunity to connect with every one of your clients/customers personally and wish them the very best for the season and the new year. Rather than send them a greeting card, deliver your wishes on the telephone or in person. In late January/early February, you can follow this up with a small gift of gratitude for their business. It’s also an opportunity for you to discuss future business opportunities with your clients/customers in an atmosphere of festivity and possibility.
This is the most wonderful time of year for your career as you often sit down and review your performance with your management and, if you are fortunate, you may receive some form of reward and recognition for your efforts. It is also a perfect opportunity to build and maintain your professional connections by attending as many holiday functions as you can fit into your calendar. Many companies hire in December as they have the time to interview candidates and are looking to get an individual placed in a role by the start of the new year. Whether you love what you are doing or think it’s time for a change, take the focus off gift shopping and do some serious job shopping both inside and outside of your organization. It’s also an advantageous time to set up information interviews as people are more in the mood and available to speak with you.
Make this the most wonderful time of year for your life, business and career and remember to spread plenty of good cheer!