Everyone loves a great Christmas party, unless of course you are a little like me and you have gone to one too many already. 

Over the years, I have had some serious fun at Christmas parties and I can't say that this Fast Company video is anything like what I have experienced. We have all been there, otherwise we are completely boring - and if you don't agree, then hopefully you've already shut down this blog. Without an embarrassing story or two, the office Christmas party becomes quite the chore.

At Marketing Eye, unfortunately, everyone tends to be a little tame. The one year it probably got out of control, I left by 10pm - because I felt like I needed to be a goody-two-shoes. Everyone else partied on until 5am in the morning and had a hoot.

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These days, like myself, there are too many parties and as we get older, our bodies don't seem to respond in the same way as they use to.

My unforgettable moments at Christmas parties include:
  • The norm: drinking too much and getting ill - never an attractive move
  • Thinking I can drink with the boys and failing dismally 
  • With one drink too many thinking a colleague is a lot more attractive than they may have been in the light of day
  • Dancing like no-one's watching, except they were
  • Encouraging more drinking and finding myself looking after people who perhaps should have stopped long before my encouragement began
  • Dressing a little inappropriately: Dress too short for a big night out with colleagues. Fine at a nightclub, but not in a work setting.
  • Dressing up and finding that no-one else got the memo - oops
This Christmas, don't play by the rules, except HR's of course.

Mellissah Smith is a serial entrepreneur and business leader with more than 20 years' experience in marketing. She runs an international marketing consultancy firm that provides small businesses with a marketing consultant and in-house team of creative, web development and PR experts. Marketing Eye serves small businesses looking for marketing support and management in Atlanta, New YorkSydneyMelbourne.
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Mellissah Smith

Mellissah Smith is a marketing expert with more than 20 years experience. Having founded and built two successful marketing companies internationally, she is well recognized as a industry thought leader and innovator. Mellissah started her career working with technology and professional services firms, primarily in marketing, public relations and investor relations, positioning a number of successful companies to list on the various Stock Exchanges around the world. She is a writer, technology developer and entrepreneur who shares her thoughts and experiences through blogs and written articles published in various media outlets. Brag sheet: #2 marketer to follow on Twitter (2003), Top 150 Marketers to Follow (2015), Top 10 innovative marketers (2014), 60K+ followers on Twitter with 97% authentic.

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