As much as we’re clinging to the idea that there is still plenty of time, it’s wise to remember that it’s only a few weeks until Christmas. That means Christmas party season is just around the corner and that’s a big deal if you’re the one organising it for your company or joining clients on theirs! It’s a pretty big job arranging a works Christmas party, you’ve got to think about the venue, a theme if you’re having one and, of course, the entertainment and food!

In the next couple of weeks alone, I have two industry award evenings, I have a weekend away in Paris which was a company incentive, our company Christmas party and no doubt some client socials to thank them for their custom this year.

I believe it's really important to make an effort at your Christmas party with your colleagues. It usually gives you the opportunity to get to know people you don’t typically spend as much time with in the office rather than hanging out with your usual partner in crime. And although it's supposed to be fun, you should know your limits and keep it professional. You obviously want to enjoy yourself, relax and join in with your colleagues but slurring your words and spilling your drink won’t leave the best impression!

It's also that time of year when the increased revelry and holiday atmosphere means it's harder to get hold of clients and to arrange interviews for candidates as diaries get booked up well in advance. From a sales perspective, since moving into recruitment a couple of years ago, one of the biggest learning curves for me has been how to sustain and continuing building a pipeline as it's absolutely vital to be organised going into both the party season and the New Year. Manage it and you'll reap the rewards with both your sales forecast internally and management of expectations externally.

So enjoy the next coming weeks, it's a brilliant time of the year. There is certainly some work to do beforehand but I can’t wait for party season to begin!