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How To Create Your Own “Luck”

With a Little Bit of  Blooming (Good) Luck and an Apology to Lerner and Loewe St.Patrick’s Day is my favorite holiday full of stories, humor, spirit and LUCK. In Chicago, Mayor Daley The First turned the Chicago River green. The practice continues. My mother, who learned the Irish jig in her hometown of Toronto, taught […]

ONE Doesn’t Have To Be The “LONELINESS” NUMBER

After chatting with a lovely, older widower at the next table at one of our local restaurants, my friend mentioned to me that she had met him the day before at another local breakfast cafe where he also dined alone. After our chat, she said she thought he was lonely. But one doesn’t have to […]

A Sense of Humor Makes Sense

A Funny Bone To Pick   Having a funny bone means that you have a sense of humor.  It doesn’t mean you are necessarily a good joke teller or storyteller but that you appreciate those who are. And it demonstrates that you have an appreciation for that which is ironic, satirical, oddly juxtaposed …and funny. […]

Holiday Party Do’s and Don’ts

The season is upon us and invitations to parties, gatherings and events will soon arrive. I’m often asked if attending a holiday party is necessary and, if, you do go, what to do and say and what to avoid. You can call it what you will : “Best Practices”, Strategic event management or common sense […]

Knock Off the KNOCK-OFFS, Plagiarism & Infringements

  Knock-offs, Plagiarism and Infringement Are Stealing  Sadly, the problem of plagiarism has only increased with our copy, cut and paste possibilities. Some people have explained away the issue with that old, untrue cliche: Imitation Is The Sincerest Form of Flattery. Folks: IMITATION is NOT the sincerest form of flattery. Here’s what is: “Susan, you […]

A Database Does Not A Viable Network Make

There’s no dancing around the issue. There seems to be some confusion between a data-base and a network.  Although they may be interrelated, they are NOT the same thing! You may have collected 200,000 names for your database but you don’t have a viable network of 200,000 people. And you certainly don’t have 200.000 friends. […]

How I Turned a Layoff Lemons Into Lemon… Souffle

People have often asked me how I went from being a public school educator to an internationally-recognized expert, speaker and (legitimate) best-selling author. Here’s the long tale of what happened and what I did about it.       The Postman Only Rang Once When USPS rang our doorbell to deliver the layoff notices from […]

Audience Behavior Style

When you’re in a movie, at a concert or attending a conference or meeting, you’ll be able to identify my former students. They are the people whose audience behavior is worth of an A+ It’s more common these days to be surrounded by people whose audience behavior is flunk-worthy. They talk during movies, plays, religious […]

BOTTOMLINE ON BRAGGARTS

Showing off Your Toys “You got to come over and see my new (car, BMX bike, kayak, boat, stock options, horse ranch, lawnmower, home theater, etc),” says The Braggarts. You can substitute any gizmo, gadget, tchotchke or THING and the sentence is the same. Look what I own, can afford, deserve —is showing off— mindset […]

How To Work A Room®: Face To Face in A Digital Age

Walking into a room full of people, especially strangers, is daunting for 90% of adults according to research on shyness. Whether it’s a professional association event, a convention, a trade show, a fundraiser or a Chamber of Commerce networking event, most people are not mingling mavens® whether or not they self-identify as shy or as […]