This is the season for office parties. I hope you’re planning to attend yours. Here are a couple to tips to help you get through the event , your reputation and career unscathed.

No embarrassing or unprofessional poses.  Yes…that’s an old one that conjures up images of butts on Xerox machines. But this is a timely reminder since social media blows away the company copier with its ability to swiftly and indelibly share images of you that don’t serve you well.

Plan conversations starters.  If you want to stay away from work topics, plan ahead by coming up with appropriate topics you feel comfortable talking about and that you know are okay with your fellow-party goers.  If workplace topics do come up, go with it, but try not to turn it into a meeting where people walk away with action items.

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