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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 […]


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 […]

How To Be Confident in Any Room

A number of my pals knew that in December I was asked to contribute to a Men’s Health article on Confidence. I then was asked to rewrite/address the issue in light of Donald Trump. I took a very deep breath, reviewed additional research and rewrote. The article was delayed from the March to May issues. […]

Belated Twitter Thanks!

I have erred and humbly apologize. I’ve not immediately acknowledged people for their retweets and “Likes’ or hearts. Although it’s not an excuse, I’m one of those who is a bona fide writer and adore composing my own posts, tweets, blogs.I haven’t “hired out” my social media endeavors which would have made my acknowledgements more […]

How To Work a Room® & Other Secrets of Savvy Networking

Too many people confuse the process we call “mingling”, “socializing” or “working a room” with “networking”.  This article has both concepts because they are different skills but mesh for success. Some people are superb socializers but have no interest in followup or maintaining the connection. I’ve called them the Hail Well-Met and Hardy Boys and […]


Knowing how to “work” a room simply means socializing at any event, meeting new people, reconnecting with others,  mixing and mingling and, most importantly, conversing and CONNECTING. It sounds easy but often can be uncomfortable. These 10 commandments are a good guideline for attending any gathering —be it business or social.  THE 10 COMMANDMENTS OF […]