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Office Holiday Party Do’s and Don’ts

The Holidays are fast approaching and with them come the concerns about attending holiday parties; especially the office party. These Holiday Do’s & Don’ts  below are based on my classic  book, How To Work A Room®. You’re welcome to share these with friends , family and co-workers in anticipation of your upcoming gatherings.  You probably […]


SELF-TALK is a mingling menace. It’s a big part of what stops us from mingling, circulating, and from moving comfortably around a room and conversing with people. Thanks to Dr.Geraldine Alpert’s recommendation of Dr. Pamela Butler’s classic book, Talking To Yourself, I’ve been aware of the issue and included it in the inaugural issue of […]

Smarter Ways To Network at a Party

While the September 15th article, The Best Ways to Network at Party,  in Wall Street Journal offered some good suggestions on body language when attending a party, some of the advice, characterizations and suggestions are not the best.  I also found other issues —that would have added value  and important “tips”—were not included. As promised […]

Three Surefire Ways to Make Business Contacts

For those who prefer to think there’s a formula to forming business contacts and relationships, here’s the good news. There is! Combine these suggestions for the sure-fire formula to making new contacts and building business relationships. 1. Say YES! when invited to a business networking event, a meeting, a party. It’s so easy to find […]

The “Thank You Note” of Note

There has been much focus recently about the lost art of the handwritten thank-you note. Many of us have lowered our standards to accepting a text that says “thank you”.  Sorry folks; that doesn’t cut it. I strenuously propose that we reverse the trend. Let’s stop making excuses for people who won’t (not “can’t”) take […]

Business Lessons I Learned as a Teacher

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 […]


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

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 […]


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 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

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 […]