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Business Lessons I Learned as a Teacher

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Teaching is the metaphor for my business, if not the mantra. Most people understand the reference because…they went to school! Remembering My Roots  I have never forgotten my roots as a public school teacher and believe that people who don’t remember where they came from make a big mistake. Although I didn’t plan to be […]

THE NO-FAIL FOLLOW UP PLAN:Staying In Touch

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So You’ve Met at An Event— What’s Next? After I’ve given a keynote speech or workshop, I’m often asked what the best way is to followup with a new contact. The obvious point is that it’s not enough to meet at an event. If we don’t follow-up; and then stay in touch, we don’t build […]

EARN Your “WRITE” TO Speak: -Part 2

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For both the new and the experienced author, the options are many, the banquet is bountiful and best-sellerdom awaits. There’s no way around it; print books still sell and e–books are here and here to stay …on your laptop, ipad or smart phone. Audio books are now either available as CDs or for download and […]

EARN YOUR ‘WRITE’ TO SPEAK: Part One

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ADDING THE B.S. TO YOUR BOOK DREAMS                           (Best-Seller) Over the course of over two decades, I’ve often been asked about what writing a book entails.  In 1995 I established PickmyBrainconsulting.com to help others shorten their book writing learning curve. I’m the best-selling author of the classic Silver Anniversary of HOW TO WORK A ROOM […]

“Lucky” 13 Top Networking Secrets for Success

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For those who are dismissive and critical of networking and even disdain the term, I suggest a shift in attitude. Whatever word you choose to use, the process we have come to call “networking” has existed since time in memorial. Whether it was the people who recommended a barn with a manger, the farmers who […]

Are You Ready To Hear How To Work a Room?

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So excited! I’m learning how to work Podcasting with Garageband … However I’m not in a garage and I don’t have a band but I do have some tips you’ll find useful. Take a listen.

An Altruistic Approach To Working Any Room

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BEST Impression-ism? Try this one on for size. Instead of thinking about yourself, the great impression you want to make, the connections you need, how nervous you are or how horrible you think it is to have to put yourself in these group situations (a newly-branded classic whine), REFOCUS. When we think outside of ourselves, […]

Create Your “Luck”

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St. Patrick’s Day is my favorite holiday.  Growing up in Chicago made it a memorable experience.  The Chicago River turned green in honor of St. Pat who was given a huge parade.  In San Francisco, I’d buy green bagels for my students and wear my green leprechaun hat…but didn’t dye the cream cheese. Luck is […]

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 […]