The upcoming days might include holiday parties and getting stuck in the elevator with a group of strangers. Of course, strangers are just suspects – people with whom you may do business or who might refer you to the opportunity you’re seeking.

You can’t stand quietly next to the person who holds the key to your dreams. You must connect, someone once called that networking – which is an unlovely term for meeting people and getting to know them (and vice versa).

So, given the tenets of your personal brand, consider saying:

“I read this blog on personal branding, and here’s the kind of questions it posed the day before I took off for the holidays. They’re fun to answer. Want to play?”

  • If you had to spend all your vacations in the same place for the rest of your life, where would you go?
  • If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
  • If you could change one thing in your life, what would that be?
  • If you could have one superpower, what would you choose?
  • If you could change one thing to make life easier for your own gender, what would you change?
  • If you could do one job in the world for one day, would you pick to do?

With that last question, you’ve created an opening for you to talk about what you would do. Make it realistic – so start with “Actually, I’m kinda glad you asked.” Then tell your best rendition of what you really, really want. Thank them for listening. Ask if they know anyone who does that – or who needs someone to do that.

So now’s the time to laugh, over-imbibe, overeat, under-exercise, finish off Santa’s leftover cookies and all the things you do when you are recovering from your holidays hangover.

Just keep mind, someone is always a sentence away or maybe a click away from doing what Santa might not have accomplished.

Getting you everything you want for yourself!