Find a Job at the Party

I’m far more outgoing than I was when I was younger. But even I still get a bit of nerves going into a party . What’s more, I don’t often find plain conversation interesting enough. I want to be engaged, active, and using my creative faculties.

Maybe you’re like me: at your festive best only when the productive part of your mind gets to take on some kind of interesting, purposeful action.

There’s a simple solution to this problem: find a job at the party. Make yourself useful.

For a couple of recent parties, this has meant taking photos and videos – documenting the night. But it might also mean ushering guests in, helping to wash the dishes, or helping to make a meal.

The work proves to be an excellent social icebreaker (for instance, few people really hate to have their photo taken – most people love it). Through service you earn an instant position of belonging within the party.

More importantly, having a bit of work to do will keep you in that beautiful flow of value creation that helps you to thrive. You’ll be in a collaborative, problem-solving mode that will make you even more intellectually and personally interesting to other party guests.

Look for these opportunities. Play and work should go hand in hand.

James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

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