Angry People Say Stupid Stuff

OK, I said it and I will say it again – angry people say stupid stuff. It happens in the office, at home and online in blog comments. Today was the first day I unapproved a thread of comments on one of my posts because angry people were saying stupid stuff. At first I thought about a leaving it because everyone can form his or her own opinion. However, the commenters were throwing around language that to be honest was a personal...

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Checking Out your Own Body Language
Dec18

Checking Out your Own Body Language

People make decisions on whether to like, work or be with you every day on how you present yourself to them. Your body language or non-verbal mannerisms send instant signals to anyone in your presence. Granted, what your body is saying may not be what you are thinking. So goes the story I heard from a chatty stranger in the grocery checkout today. She asked me if I thought the bus driver would like a package of chocolates as a gift. I...

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How to Effectively Use Business Email Communications
Dec03

How to Effectively Use Business Email Communications

This topic of how to effectively use email communications arose in a discussion with an executive the other day. He was caught in the middle of a situation because he had not strategically used to the tools available to him in business email communications. It got me thinking that if he could be more effective, then others could too. The first step is assess your business environment and how communication is done. In his case, he was...

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What is the best method of communicating with your unavailable boss?
Feb18

What is the best method of communicating with your unavailable boss?

“When is it appropriate to handle issues by e-mail versus in person? Some people are very busy and don’t have time to sit and talk.” This is a follow up question about how effective communication can be difficult from a reader and we discuss how to your finesse communications. I wrote back to ask some questions about whether or not they were the boss or subordinate, here was their response. “The boss is very...

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How To Tell Someone You Are Not Giving Them a Recommendation on LinkedIn

There are a lot of articles about how to give proper recommendations on LinkedIn or how to ask for a recommendation from someone. But what happens when you get a request from a LinkedIn contact and you don’t really want to give them a recommendation? Whatever the reason – you don’t have firsthand knowledge of their work performance or you may believe their work is substandard – the fact is you are hesitating and debating about how to...

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Connecting with Little Known Facts
Nov26

Connecting with Little Known Facts

This week I am attending a networking event and the organizer shared little known facts about himself with the group. The advantage of sharing little known facts is that connecting with others becomes easier. Little known facts become great conversation starters because where there is overlap or interest, people open up and share more about themselves. Try it with your group and see how quickly people connect and interact with very...

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