Read This BEFORE You Leave for Your New Year’s Eve Party

We need to talk before you go out tonight. It’s about what you plan on doing…

Both you and I know that you’re a real estate agent. Both you and I know that you’ve probably taken a beating this year and deserve a little fun…

A little time where you can let your hair down–if you have hair–and be yourself and not think about business.

You know what? Tough. You need to work tonight. But there’s hitch.

Have a blast.

Have a blast while you generate leads. Something like 25 leads…which is more than most people produce in 2 weeks.

Even 2 months.

However, there is one situation where you can generate 25 leads in 2 hours…with a martini in one hand, a smile plastered across your face and a stack of cards in your other hand.

The stack I’m talking about is full of business cards. And the event…

That’s right…I’m talking about the New Year’s Eve party you’re going to tonight. Listen. It’s a fabulous time to meet many new people. And start 2010 out with a bang.

If you do this right, when you wake up tomorrow, you’ll have a tidy little sum of leads.

So, with that in mind, here are nine tips you can use to make your 2009 New Year’s Eve party a networking smash.

1. Arrive early. Before people are engaged in conversations. It’s easier to start a conversation than it is to break into one.

2. Zero in on the wallflowers. You never know what kind of potential is lurking around those shy, quiet types. Never discriminate.

3. Shake hands firmly.

4. Wear something out of the ordinary…a top hat or bright orange scarf. When you follow up with the leads mention, “I was the one wearing the top hat.” That will ring a bell.

5. Pick something up. Anything. A tray of drinks or hors d’oeuvres. “Hey, would you like one?” is an excellent way to introduce yourself. And, “Got to keep passing” is an excellent reason to move on to the next person. This trick will help you to keep conversations short.

6. Memorize your elevator speech.

7 Be happy…regardless of whether or not you had a tough day. People want to work with upbeat, outgoing people.

8. Don’t drink too much. Sober and in control, you’ll stand out.

9. Stay until the end. The later you stay, the more contacts.

Bonus: If you’re hosting the party and know everybody who is showing up…get on the phone quick and start inviting strangers around your neighborhood.

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