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The Survival of The “Greatest Weakness” Question

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Answering the TRICK Job Question is No Career Treat       Job interviews can be dicey. What to say? How to answer? When to ask questions? What questions to ask? But the most discomfort appears when the interviewer asks the trickiest of trick questions: What is your greatest weakness? Interviewed by a reporter for […]

“Watercooler” Conversation Is NOT Chit Chat

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Small Talk Counts      Reading business magazines, social research and trade journals gives clarity to many issues. One fairly recent finding may have surprised a few efficiency experts, but not smart and savvy executives. According to an article in Psychology Today on The Water Cooler Effect,  cohesion contributes to both productivity and job satisfaction. It […]

Bite Your Tongue…Seriously

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Filter Ourselves On occasion, my parents would me to “bite my tongue” when I had said something they thought should not have been said. Or if they worried that what I said could possibly happen. It merely meant to “think before you speak”.  As retro as that may sound, it’s sound advice. We need to […]

How To Connect With Your Audience: Tips for the Shy or Introverted Speaker (and the rest of us).

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NOTE: A very, very brief “appetizer” version of this post appeared in Speaker Net News. Because the edit was an appetizer, I wanted to offer to speakers the Full Course. We’re fortunate that, as professional speakers, we are hired to help, serve, inform and inspire our audiences. In other words, we’re aware that the speech […]

Are you a Mastermind Groupie?

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Master Mindset I have a colleague who told me he’s in several different MasterMind groups that he finds useful. I’m of a different mindset with regards to having a MasterMind group or a few of them. While many of my colleagues and associates find them to be valuable, they aren’t “my thang”. What I’ve done, […]

AND WE’RE BACK…SORT OF (Guest Post)

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“They”  (whoever “they” are) say that finding a job is a full-time job. Some of the situations are fodder for comedy writers and some characters we meet along the way are caricatures. And they all give the clever writer material for articles, blog posts and Open Mike Nights. My guest blogger is  Elizabeth Alterman; a […]

The Bill Clinton Guide to Networking

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I’m thrilled this guest post was authored by my friend, John Corcoran , who worked at the Clinton White House.  John is also an attorney recognized as a Super Lawyer Rising Star. He not only writes for Art of Manliness, but also for forbes.com and Huffington Post.  Most important, he  is someone who connects people […]

Happy 10th BLOG Anniversary….

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to me!  I can’t believe that this month of August I’m celebrating a decade as someone who weekly  (if I remember to do it)  put fingertips to keyboard. Many thanks and kudos to Todd Sattersten, then with 800CEOREAD,  for suggesting that I venture forth on this incredibly interesting blogging path. For 10 years I’ve paid […]

12 Common Mistakes Salespeople Make

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In My Fair Lady, Eliza Doolittle sang, “Words, Words, Words— I’m so sick of words.”   The reality is that our words are important, even crucial, to our effectiveness as communicators in every line of work. I’m delighted to host this  guest post by Patricia Fripp, Executive Speech Coach, Keynote Speaker , Sales Trainer and President […]

How Not to Be a Networker: The Don’ts To Avoid

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By Susan RoAne, The Mingling Maven® The Don’ts The Don’ts are a compilation of ideas, tips and suggestions on how to avoid being labeled as unsavvy…or worse. You may have more to add. My suggestions may seem remedial, but this article would not be germane if there hadn’t been so many transgressions. If we avoid […]