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Plenty of promising careers have been ruined over the punchbowl at holiday office parties. In her nearly 20 years as a business-etiquette guru, Ann Marie Sabath has seen her share of horror stories. "Two investment counselors were in a restroom, gossiping about a third person, who happened to be the spouse of one of their wealthy clients. During the next business day, this wealthy individual transferred his funds to their competitor," says Sabath, founder of At Ease Inc., and author of Courting Business: 101 Ways For Accelerating Business Relationships.
To help you avoid making career-ending gaffes at this year's soiree, we asked Sabath to share her top tips for employees and bosses alike. Here's her holiday survival guide.