You’ve just been invited to the office Christmas party! Although the event is supposed to be a blast where you celebrate the holiday with those you’ve been working hard with, you’re not so excited. The problem is that since this is your first company party, you don’t know exactly what to expect.
Internal questions arise like what do you wear?, should you bring a guest?, and how much should you drink? Besides obviously wanting to make a good impression, you’re also focused on not embarrassing yourself in front of your co-workers and managers.
Don’t stress about it because you’ll be fine after you use this guide to get set straight and make the most out of the office Christmas party.
The Office Christmas Party Guide
1. What to wear: Simply because you’re off work doesn’t give you the green light to show up in risqué or casual attire. Shade on the edge of conservative so you are more remembered for your charming personality than wild outfit. And if you’re completely clueless, ask a co-worker what he or she is wearing to get enough information to dress accordingly.
2. Bringing a guest or not: Assuming the invitation doesn’t mention guests, your decision to bring someone depends mostly on the office party venue and amount of people going. If the party is inside the office or at a co-worker’s house, odds are bringing a guest will crowd the location and be frowned upon. However, if the office Christmas party is at a large restaurant or bar or outdoor location, then bringing a guest will most likely be normal.
3. What not to talk about: Although it’s an office party, leave all work-related frustrations, gossip, and comments at the door. The goal of the event is to have good fun and celebrate the organization’s success, not stress about next month’s project or your disagreement with Bob from the third floor.
Since office parties can lead to looser tongues and then “I can’t believe they said that” moments, it’s also wise to be mindful of what you say. Jokes can be hilarious, but first consider if they disrespect or make certain people uncomfortable before you speak them out loud. As long as you don’t talk about work or something inappropriate, you’re probably on the right path. And knowing the words successful people don’t say can help.
4. What to talk about: You can make the greatest impression by learning about the people you work with each day on a personal level. People love to talk about themselves, so you’re bound to find success in asking about your co-workers’ interests, hobbies, and outside of work involvement.
I also encourage you to introduce yourself and get to know a co-worker who you don’t often see at work. For one, learning about their interests and hobbies can help you discover something in common that you never would have known. Two, introducing yourself to someone you don’t know well is a great opportunity to practice your social skills since you don’t see them at the office much, so there’s less pressure. And lastly, this isn’t the reason to be friendly but just a nice benefit, you never know when your positive impression at the party can get you a huge favor later at work.
5. Keep your phone in your pocket or purse: Having your phone in front of your face is neither inviting for other people to talk to you or helpful in engaging other employees, so do without it. It also sends a rude message that you have better things to do or give your attention to, and that’s an impression you don’t want to make.
Also, you bringing out your phone could lead to a cascade effect of others getting on their phone and ruining the environment of the party. Once you see someone on their phone, for some reason humans are inclined to check their phone, too. For these reasons, it’s best to use your cellphone at a minimum.
6. Drinking and eating limits: Planning on drinking as much as you can imagine to show your co-workers that you’re fun and cool? Bad idea. Take it easy on the drinks so your boss doesn’t have to take care of you and get you an Uber. If you need specifics, a two-drink maximum is safe and three drinks is borderline aggressive, in my opinion.
Also, stuffing your face the entire night won’t help you introduce yourself and get involved in good conversations. And the less you eat, the less you have to worry about embarrassing sauce on your face or food in your teeth. A good solution is to eat before or after the party to curb your appetite.
This guide isn’t designed to stop all your fun at the office Christmas party. But to protect you from having too much fun to the extent that your job is in jeopardy when Monday rolls around. Let your goal be to get invited to the next office party, and you’ll be a hit!
Related: How To Make Friends At Work
Why Your Salary Is Costing You Millions In Earned Income
The average person craves a salaried job the for comfort, security, and the guarantee they can pay their bills.
But a salary will cost countless people millions of dollars in earned income throughout their career.
It’s ironic that we want a guaranteed income so we can live comfortably leading up to and through retirement.
That’s what society promises, at least, until things become uncomfortable.
Once something bad happens—you get fired, laid off, don’t save enough, salary increase doesn’t keep pace with inflation, make bad financial choices, have expensive kids, get divorced—and now you’re far away from a comfortable retirement nest egg plus have less skills and determination to go make your own money.
The salaried gig looks great on the outside, until you dive deeper to see that it’s often the single biggest demotivator and limiting factor to earning more money.
Your Salary Kills Urgency And Entices Laziness
Though not entirely similar, a salary shares some common characteristics of communism.
You get the same paycheck every month regardless of your performance—pretty close to communism.
At many jobs, a guy like Bill will voluntarily show up at 6 AM every work morning and leave at 8 PM, while slacker Johnny over there shows up at 8 AM and leaves at 6 PM and is paid the exact same wage as Bill.
The paycheck doesn’t reflect the reality that Bill worked 20 plus more hours than Johnny and got a heck of a lot more done than Johnny.
Talk about unfair? The salary gig is cruel, I’m telling you.
And since that situation isn’t fair, human nature will get Bill to think, “Stop working so hard. Why bother to put in the extra hours if I’m not rewarded? I’m going to start acting like Johnny because he’s doing just what’s asked of him and the boss doesn’t notice my performance.”
Now I’m not naive to think that bonuses, raises, and promotions aren’t a thing in the workforce—a differentiator from communism.
However, those are just too much out of your control to count on and you’re not rewarded until months or years later. And they often require smart salary negotiation, which is difficult if you’re not practiced, on top of luck.
Plus, in the example above, if Bill decides to work less and deliver less value then he won’t get the bonus or raise even if there’s one available.
The idea is that a salary often persuades workers to do the bare minimum to keep their job and keep getting paid.
It doesn’t entice individuals to give their all each and every day to not only make themselves double the income, but the company double the return on investment in them as well.
Knowing a paycheck is coming has a cocaine effect where you’re addicted to that monthly guaranteed income even though it’s not in your best interest to rely on it.
What’s worse is the damage it does to your overall net worth.
Guaranteed Income Costs You Millions Of Dollars
The addiction of needing a salary will costs millions of people, millions of dollars in lost income.
Let’s take a look at the multiple reasons why a salary sets you up to fail in the chase towards wealth.
For one, the average salary increase in the US doesn’t match the potential of a hustler who gets to decide their own income based on their work ethic.
A May 2017 forecast from WorldatWork predicts that salary increase budgets for U.S. employers will grow 3 percent on average in 2018 across most employee categories.
Say you make $50,000 a year at your 9 to 5 job you despise. Are you going to bust your butt for 261 work days in the year for a 3% salary increase? I’m not. We’re only talking about $1,500 at that rate.
The work compared to the payoff doesn’t add up to a good deal. It’s not motivating to me. It shouldn’t motivate you.
I could work at McDonald’s and come out with more dollars per hour than that thievery.
You’ll drag your feet for a 3% salary increase (+$1,500), but perform like a workhorse if you have a definite opportunity to double your current income (+$50,000).
That’s a difference in $48,600 between the two of them for the year and this is just the beginning. The difference is exponential over the lifetime of a career.
Second, when your income is entirely in your hands—be it as a beginner entrepreneur, commission sales rep, recruiter, or other job—your butt is on the hot seat from the get go to perform.
There’s no room to take it easy if you want to eat that week and keep your business alive.
Plus, you’ll be motivated to save extra money since this can turn into the business’ emergency fund or a payroll account to hire some contractors or full-time employees.
Meaning each dollar you earn has a higher purpose than eating expensive meals and treating yourself to materialistic clothing purchases.
And by investing in your business, your company and you personally will take home more profits than if your income was tied down by a normal 9 to 5 job.
I’m not surprised when I look at the richest people in each state only to find that none of them are salaried works but entrepreneurs and business owners.
Now you don’t have to be an entrepreneur, but you do need a job with no ceiling on your income if you want to get maximum performance out of yourself and the rewards that come with it.
Third, the rate of your learning is immensely sped up when you have to rely on your own work ethic to make money and pay the bills. You can’t afford to be out of the know in your industry if you want to compete with your competitors.
This is the pressure that forces you to gain knowledge and then use that experience to win more deals for yourself.
Plus, you can compound your knowledge to make more money in the future or consult others on the keys to success based on your experience. These opportunities aren’t there in the corporate world.
By getting off the addicting salary drug and choosing your own medicine, you force yourself to provide value to others so you can ultimately get paid what you’re worth.
And the more patient and skilled you become, the greater this income increases over years then decades.
That’s how your income grows by hundreds of thousands of dollars every year, which adds up to millions, instead of 3% and $1,500 (if that) every year.
Work Like You’re Not On Salary
You only get to do this thing called life once.
Why take the safe and boring road with a salaried job that is like driving a minivan straight on a flat road until retirement, when you can take the thrilling road in a sports car up a mountain with jagged cliffs and unbelievable views?
Bet on yourself. Work your face off. And work like you’re not on salary.
By mixing things up, you’ll discover if your company rewards you for going above and beyond what’s asked of you.
And if they do incentivize your efforts then you don’t need to find a different job. Maybe it doesn’t though and you see the writing on the wall: you’re worth millions more than you will ever earn here so you find a better job you love.
It’s like any pursuit in life, you need to get out of your comfort zone to truly push yourself, grow, and become the best version of yourself.
Happiness comes from personal growth. So take the jump and make the most of it.
Millions of dollars are nice, but the feeling of personal satisfaction from working incredibly hard and getting rewarded for it will far trump the money—every time.
What You Should Know If You Start A Career In Marketing
Silvia Li, young hustler and marketer extraordinaire, contributed this one of a kind article.
When college students majoring in marketing graduate, they expect to land a job in which they can apply all the skills they learned during their four years in school.
When I was a freshman, that’s what I thought. Looking back, I was naive to think that way.
Marketing strategies are changing every day. Consumers are behaving differently every day. Generations are shifting. And textbooks, unfortunately, haven’t changed in years.
Simultaneously, competition for marketing jobs is insane.
You have to stand out among many other graduates to land a job where you can make enough to pay your bills and loans, while having enough to travel and enjoy personal life post-graduation.
So what should you know before diving into a career in marketing?
What does it take to get a job in marketing?
What do you actually need to know to enter the real world of marketing?
Without real marketing experience or projects, there’s a lot you can learn ahead of time to maximize your chance of landing a marketing job.
In my career working with the world’s top entrepreneurs on marketing, I have learned a number of lessons that I wished I knew on my first day as a marketer.
To all of you starting a career in marketing, here’s a list of lessons and things you can do to prepare before starting your first job.
The list is a collection of advice from all the lessons I’ve learned – including my experience launching the largest startup publication on Medium to trending globally on top storytelling sites to working on digital campaigns that have trended internationally and creating global movements.
It takes more than a resume to work with the best talent in marketing
When I set my sights on becoming the best marketer in the world, I knew I had to surround myself with the best.
I started by providing value.
I reached out to one of the best entrepreneurs in Los Angeles who ran an education technology nonprofit called Yang Camp. And I sent her a list of ideas that I thought would help her grow her organization.
I didn’t know if the ideas were any good, but they certainly got her attention. I didn’t need a resume to get the job.
Don’t get me wrong. My resume was helpful but at the time, but other people might have looked more qualified in paper.
I had told myself and told others that I would find the best ways to provide value and that my resume didn’t completely reflect who I was.
I created partnerships all across Los Angeles with schools and nonprofits to ensure our curriculum was being taught in different schools and afterschool programs across the city.
We worked with Microsoft and Girls in Tech Inc. to bring together over 100 young students to learn about STEAM.
I created campaigns that everyone in the Los Angeles area saw.
Little did I know at the time that in order to work with the best, it wasn’t about my resume. It was about being resourceful, strategic, and resilient.
Since then, I’ve signed up for a lifetime of tackling complex problems and working with the best talent in the United States.
Most of you have had a summer internship somewhere, perhaps a startup or famous marketing agency or well-known organization or nonprofit.
Guess what? So do hundreds of people in your school. The fact that you had an internship helps, but it doesn’t necessarily help you stand out and show that you’re the best candidate.
It might get you an interview but it’s still not enough to show who you really are and what you can accomplish.
Companies are seeking folks who can come up with new things so extracurriculars or projects that show you were a key asset are always a plus.
To show real impact in marketing, you need to show that you’re up-to-date with the latest trends.
As mentioned earlier, marketing is changing every day. Own your resume – show your uniqueness, your value, and your impact.
Find a team that will empower you to learn – Teamwork makes the dream work
To maximize your satisfaction at work, find a marketing gig where collaboration is part of the culture.
Trust me, this will reduce misunderstanding. It’ll establish a well-connected community with ample opportunities for you to grow and learn from executives and other managers.
While companies that let you do your own thing will be fun and allow you to tackle new challenges, working directly with a team will provide you a lot more mentorship and guide you in the early phases of your marketing career.
During the interview process, make sure that they have open communication channels and continuously boost employee engagement.
During your interview, ask your interviewer if the organization encourages everyone to regularly report their likes and dislikes.
Do they help employees feel like an integral part of the company’s grand vision? If their answer doesn’t make you happy, make sure to ask more questions to understand where they are coming from. If you completely disagree, maybe it’s not worth working for that organization.
Corporations with pre-set hierarchies make it tough for employees to give feedback or learn new skills. That’s why you need to find the best fit and balance. Read the job descriptions well and find a place where you feel comfortable.
When I worked at Startup Grind powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, the largest independent startup publication in the world inspiring and connecting 1,000,000 entrepreneurs, I immediately knew that my boss was a leader.
Since day one, he encouraged me to own projects and try new things. I could sense it during the first interview call that he was someone to trust and who would empower me to dream more.
Throughout my time at Startup Grind, I learned all things about marketing including public relations, content marketing, SEO, social media, and influencer marketing.
Crazy thing is that I learned by example and by doing my own research.
Because my team trusted me and worked with me, I was able to grow and launch the largest startup publication on Medium.
Early in anyone’s career, you’ll have multiple ideas to make your organization grow. Write them out on a list and share them with your supervisor. She’ll have feedback.
If my boss, hadn’t given me an opportunity to try this new project, I wouldn’t have grown this publication, which at this point, has been read by millions of people.
The content of the publication has now been syndicated to large media outlets including BBC, The New York Times, and more. It has even surpassed the White House’s Medium publication, which is pretty incredible.
As a marketer, I’ve been lucky to work with the smartest people on Earth. I’ve been able to work with serial entrepreneurs and New York Times Best Sellers.
But none of these collaborations would have happened if I didn’t work with a team that trust me and empower me to grow.
Make sure you find that early in your career.
Marketing isn’t all about brand awareness and viral campaigns. It’s about business impact.
Marketing innovation has made huge leaps and shifts in the last few decades but there’s something that hasn’t changed.
Marketing strategies need to be tied to creating revenue or reaching a goal in the short-term and long-term.
When you launch a new strategy, you need to ensure that you have an overall vision on how each thing you create leads to a greater impact in the organization. Your video went viral! Great!
But did the right audience see it? Did they share it with other people that are interested in buying your product? Make sure it does!
During my time as Head of Marketing at Hostfully, a venture-backed startup focused on the vacation rental space based in San Francisco, I built a marketing infrastructure that ensured that every single marketing stream would lead to possible sales.
To do so, we needed to figure out where our users were and where they spent the most time.
I spent days researching and building the different personas of vacation rentals. I created a content strategy that would promote our brand without mentioning our name.
Instead, our main goal was to provide value to customers, which would ultimately lead to more people referring others to our blog. Our blog became a large percentage of our traffic and led to more active and paid users. In a few months, we brought tens of thousands of users.
Business impact needs both quantitative data and qualitative data. They will both show you what’s effective, what’s not effective, and whether your hypotheses made sense.
Effective marketing campaigns focus on creating content that users get value from and eventually will convert to paid users.
You need to be ready to think critically and understand who your users truly are. How can your company serve them to be better?
Make sure you know this in every organization you work at.
Mentorship and freelancing – Learning outside of work
Early in my career, I learned the importance of mentors. From day one, I found people who I looked up to and wanted to learn things from them.
I found Twitter to be one of the best tools to network. Twitter, in fact, changed the face of my career as a marketer. I met the best talent in Silicon Valley through this social platform.
I followed their conversations and engaged with them on a daily basis. Little did I know that I would get to know them in person. Because of these initial Twitter conversations, I had the privilege of working with them to launch the first Startup Weekend focused in the Latinx community.
This event held in Oakland brought together entrepreneurs in the Bay Area who were eager to build products.
Do you know what else has helped me to become a marketer? Freelancing. As you see, I’ve worked with all sorts of organizations throughout my career.
How did I find these? By building a brand online.
People have read my blog for years and have seen my thought process and experience. This has led to getting cold emails from founders and venture capitalists reaching out to work with them.
Last year, I worked as a content marketer with devAcademy, a tech company in Peru where I developed the company’s first content marketing strategy that led to ten thousands of unique views in just a few weeks.
I also revamped their website content to improve their user experience and conversion rates.
This job was very fulfilling because I got to work with an entrepreneur who is a hustler. Not only did I learn about the tech ecosystem in Peru, but I also learned more technical skills and what it takes to become an entrepreneur.
If you’re a marketer, you need to learn multiple skills. Go learn outside of work – network, read a book, freelance, and volunteer on projects that you’re passionate about.
These are all of the things I wished I had known before I started my marketing career. If I could go back in time, I’d try to accomplish all these things earlier in life.
I hope you found this list beneficial in planning a successful marketing career.
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Why The Medical Field Is Always An Attractive Career
A lot of people choose careers based on their skill level, a lot choose a job because of the money involved, and a lot of people combine these two factors and don’t settle for anything less.
However, there’s the idea of having a career solely based on the opportunity to help people. That’s what makes the healthcare world so popular to go into and so demanding as a result.
Yet there’s a few factors that make the medical field arguably the most attractive career, and it isn’t just helping people. So what makes people flock to practice medicine?
We’re about to find out below.
Plenty of different positions
The amount of diverse careers means there’s something for literally everyone to fit into.
Medicine has a lot of nooks and crannies to work your way into once you graduate from school, and you won’t get this amount of variety anywhere else.
You can be in front or behind the camera so to speak, with research departments and hospital floors at either end of this spectrum.
There’s so much variety, making it one of the biggest job sectors in the world.
For example, you can always find out more about this by reading Why Earn A Masters Degree In Nursing Administration. It’s also another facet of the healthcare world that people can get to grips with that isn’t having to perform surgery yourself.
Constantly get to work with people
Human beings are social creatures, and as a result want to be surrounded by other people most of the time.
Doctors, nurses, receptions, janitors and all their like are taught long-term life skills, such as patience and compassion, and how to get a lot of tasks done in a time limit because of it. If you’re an understanding person, medicine is a great career path to move into, as you’ll be able to fully exercise your skills.
Performing medical care for patients, or using your skills to discover new treatments and save lives is the greatest reward in itself.
A person in a medicine career can learn these people skills either from a course at school or on the job if they think they don’t need any training.
Even if you’re naturally empathetic, this skill will be pushed to its limit. Healing with your own two hands in this way is an incredible feat to conquer, and you’ll be gratified about it every time.
Prestige comes with the territory
There’s no denying that the medical field is rife with award and recognition.
Even though you aren’t in the most high paying position in the world, a lot more comes along with a wage packet. Of course there’s a lot of money to be made, but that’s just one slice of the medical pie.
Global work is available for someone who works in the healthcare sector, and third world countries have plenty of volunteering opportunities for undergraduates and people just looking to help out.
With thousands of patients per the one doctor for miles around, there’s a lot to be gained from working at this pace. Responsibility skills, better communication that isn’t just spoken or written, and plenty of patience.
Patience is the main factor in deciding whether you’re up to a task or not when it comes down to it.
Option to work as a team or lead yourself
You’ll be surrounded by other professionals, and have a lot of say in what they do. Similarly, you’ll always be relying on one another.
Getting used to the same people you’ll be sticking with for years to come, even when starting out at college, means you can perfect your teamwork skills.
Collaboration and communication is key to working well whenever you’re not alone, so a person’s skills would be honed to the max.
If a nurse or doctor eventually worked their way up enough to be used as a training tool, research students would look to them as a mentor. This makes this skill ten times more important, as it can be passed down through generations of doctors, and just by talking to each other.
Practicing medicine isn’t going away
If you choose to move into the medical field, you can guarantee a lot of stable work for a long time to come.
People will always need you, hospitals will always need you, governments will always need you.
So it truly pays to become a pharmacist, nurse, doctor, or administrator.
There’s a lot of specialist areas to move into that lack the most workers in some parts of the world, like obstetrics and ppediatricians. This is just another example of how the medical field can help in the best way.
Yet that can also seem like a downside to some. The constant demand means long hours, irregular schedules in which you could be woken up in the middle of the night, and ages on your feet at a time.
It takes a lot of stamina to be able to keep up such a career. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it of course. A lot of medical practitioners take a pay cut as a result to stay healthy in the long term.
Learn latin as a language
A lot of medical terms come from their original latin root, and thus by studying medical research and literature, the ancient language can be learned in a simple form.
A lot of people have an attraction to this specifically, despite its small nature, because of the mysticism and history behind what is now considered a ‘dead’ language.
Otherwise, a lot of what can be studied is written in English, which is the 3rd most spoken language around the world. This can mean it’s pretty accessible to learn, especially in the Western world.
Gain authority and social power
Wearing a white lab coat symbolizes a sense of power. It also means people look to you in crises and trust what you have to say.
Plenty of psychological studies have found proof to back this up, so it isn’t just a social conscience idea.
Doctors and nurses are some of the most respected people in a society, and are rightly recognized as such with their daily acts of heroism.
Pharmacists and biologists do seem less likely to receive the same admiration due to a lot of media bias, but it’s these people who are working the hardest.
Taking pride in an appearance as a doctor or nurse is the key to establishing good practice and excellent rapport with patients. You’re still human even with the coat on after all.
Debate over healthcare rights
Finally, how much medical care should be provided and the discussion over universal free healthcare is one of the biggest issues within the medical community.
It’s interesting to see how much of a debate there is over this, and as a result people move into the health sector career path from a young age.
This is due to the fact that there’s a lot of controversy over this idea of health care, which brings it to the forefront of society.
So there’s a lot to be said for the attraction of working in the medical field. People love to help, they improve upon their innate skills, they’re respected, and there’s always going to be a love/hate relationship between the public and the healthcare sector.
Why do you think so many people see the medical field as an attractive career to pursue?