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Can You Keep a Secret?


        Are You Up To The “Secret” Task? That’s a question that comes with great responsibility. And yet, it’s something we wonder about when we have something to share but not ready to share it with the whole world. Recently, a long-time friend asked me if I could keep a secret. It […]

Create a Network of Colleagues, Cronies, Clients and Friends


        You’ve left stacks of work behind to attend a national convention. But taking notes from dawn to dusk isn’t enough to make it worth your while.Put down that pencil and start shaking hands, talking to people around you and networking. What is Networking? Networking is a reciprocal process in which you […]



My RANT on The RSVP problem It’s increased exponentially since I first wrote about NO SHOWS for the San Francisco Examiner Career Series three decades ago. The (not bright) editor wouldn’t publish the article and said, “That’s not a problem in business.” I shook my head in disbelief and had my article published in a […]

HOW TO WORK A ROOM ®: THE TEN COMMANDMENTS of Connecting and Communicating

  The Silver Anniversary fully-revised edition of How To Work a Room® is now available in local and online bookstores.  It has 3 new chapters,  a new preface, a readers guide, expanded FAQs, new cartoons, quotes, quips and quizzes.  The expanded Ten Commandments of Connecting and Communicating includes behaviors of mingling and socializing in virtual […]

Adventures of 2013 Lead to The New How To Work a Room®


Taking a look back over 2013…What a wonderful year it has been; full of adventures, experiences and changes. Stanford won the Rose Bowl on January 1st and we’re starting 2014 with another Stanford visit to the Rose Bowl. I’ll be in the stands rooting for the team; wearing my Skov Brother buttons and numbers/names on […]

How To Work a Room®: The Infographic


If you prefer to “chart your course”, follow this step by step guide for attending any event and mingling and it will help  you do just that.

Still Fed Up with Feedback, Or, Who Asked You Anyway?


  Times, They Are A-Changing (But People Aren’t) We are in the  21st century and so much has changed due, in great part, to technology. But, people – well, we haven’t changed a bit! We still have the same foibles, follies, fabulous and foolish behaviors. Except now we have the option of “internaughty” bad behavior. […]

How To Work A Room®: 21 Timeless Tips

MANY THANKS to my clients who hire me to speak for their companies, conferences and meetings, and to all the book sellers, book buyers and publishers’ sales reps here in the USA and around the world who helped How To Work A Room® reach its Silver Anniversary this month! I’m so grateful for all of […]

The Downside of Saying “NO”


  By Susan RoAne, The Mingling Maven® “No” May Not Be The Best Answer The downside of saying NO is whatever was going to happen serendipitously…never will. How often do we say ‘yes’ to something that we are not that sure of —and something unplanned and unanticipated that is good— occurs? The first time I […]

Three Great Strategies for Working Any Room


Walking into a room full of people, especially strangers, is increasingly daunting for 90% of adults whether we are beginning our careers, changing them or have moved up in our chosen professions. Our careers, businesses and social lives continue to be enhanced by our ability to connect, converse, interact and make connections. Whether attending a […]