Five networking tips to digest with that second plate of mince pies (1) Christmas was traditionally a time of togetherness. It did not much matter which god you prayed to or whether you prayed at all but what mattered very much indeed was that you were en famille. Food is such a great leveller. Share it and enjoy it. (2) Don’t confine your only personal communication to a cursory Christmas card. The odd handwritten note might just transform a relationship. People may be surprisingly pleased to hear from you over the year and, of course, it cuts both ways! (3) What are you working so hard to achieve? Hopefully, to enrich your life and those you care about. Give yourself time to savour it. You don’t need to travel the globe to do so. Appreciate the comforts of home and, selectively, invite different individuals into it. (4) Open your mind to open your heart. One day a week, read a newspaper whose views appear diametrically opposed to your own and you may find you don’t disagree with it quite as much as you thought! Differentiate yourself by welcoming fresh perspectives. It is a mark of a leader. (5) Celebrate the joy of Christmas but also the random pleasures of life. But do so with meaning and feeling without being glued to a mobile device. The walls will not come crashing down nor will there be a thunderbolt from the heavens should you completely switch off. Howard Lewis, businessman, author and raconteur, is the founder and director of technology-free networking experience OFFLINEImage: Shutterstock
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