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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 […]

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 […]