Reputation management at Christmas parties

Posted on: December 18th, 2008

With Christmas fast approaching, our thoughts turn to eating, drinking, presents and of course… the office Christmas party.

Some see this anticipated event as an opportunity to show off their extra curricular skills – kung fu dancing, ear-splitting karaoke, jumping through their own leg (I’ve seen this and it’s awe inspiring!). Sound all too familiar?

You may think of the above as such tom foolery; that surely we, as PR extraordinaires, would keep our own Christmas parties as high end and stylish as our clients’. Ha ha, think again. Between us, we’ve seen and done it all!

So in the interest of saving you potential embarrassment (and possible retrenchment) here is our list of dos and don’ts for your office Christmas party.


1. Carefully consider your party outfit. Anything that makes you look like you’ve fallen out of a lap dancing  club is probably not the most appropriate choice for advancing your career

2. Drink slowly. I’m not saying drink in moderation as, let’s be honest, that’s not going to happen, but do pace yourself. A flaming Sambucca over lunch is only going to lead to trouble

3. Ban all cameras and camera phones. Facebook can’t wait to get its little paws on that shot of you dancing with your dress over your head. Or, as Bono found out, sitting with a half dressed floozy on your lap


1. Assume that because the work experience boy smiled at you that it’s a green light to clamber across the table and pash his face off. He was probably just concealing a burp

2. Complain that you hate your Kris Kringle gift. Your colleague probably spent hours trudging round the shops to find the offending diamante i-pod cover, so just pretend you love it and move on

3. Corner you boss for a quite one-to-one about your desired pay increase whilst spilling your drink all over their new shoes and telling them how much you love them. You may find your desk cleared the next day

These are merely our tips for the big event, the rest is up to you. If necessary, we are always available for reputation management should the need arise.

If you have any funny Christmas party stories we’d love to hear them.

Posted by Helen Lear

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