Posts by TracyHooper


  What do you do when you get interrupted? Do you get quiet? And then get mad at yourself for not speaking-up? Do you shut down internally and then start listening to the “committee” in your head that says, “Maybe what I was saying wasn’t that important?” Or, do you get angry and speak louder, hoping you can finish your thought, and talk over the interrupter? Most of those strategies don’t help us stand-up for ourselves or boost...

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Smart Skills for a Confident New Year

Smart Skills for a Confident New Year


Posted By on Jan 2, 2018

Oprah, has a great interview on her podcast with Elizabeth Gilbert, who wrote, Eat Pray Love, a book that spent almost four years on the New York Times Best Seller list! During their conversation Elizabeth says, “New Year’s Day is my favorite day of the year, because no matter how much you messed up the year before, they give you a brand new one, with no dings, no spills, no miles on it!” She laughs when she talks to the invisible...

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Are You a Hugger?

Are You a Hugger?


Posted By on Dec 1, 2017

One of the hallmarks of confidence is introducing yourself with impact which, in the United States, traditionally means, looking someone in the eye, shaking their hand firmly, and using your first and last name. But do you ever get a hug instead? And, think, “That was awkward.” The reality is, that “awkward moment,” actually becomes a memory with a lasting impact, because your greetings and goodbyes are part of your professional...

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Best Business Advice I Ever Got

Best Business Advice I Ever Got


Posted By on Nov 9, 2017

In the month of November, in the United States, we celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite national holiday because it’s simply about being grateful. In that spirit, I’m giving thanks and sharing “the best business advice I ever got” because it can open doors and spark new relationships in your career and life. When I was moving along in my TV news career, I was looking for a reporter’s job in New England and interviewed at WFSB in...

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How Do You Deliver Bad News?

How Do You Deliver Bad News?


Posted By on Oct 11, 2017

There isn’t a person in business (or life) who hasn’t had to be the “bearer of bad tidings.” But, we avoid it. Instead, we dance around an issue and hope the “bad news,” will deliver itself. It won’t. When I was a TV news reporter, I applied for a job at WTNH in New Haven, CT. After the News Director looked at my demo reel, he said, “Actually, you’re too experienced for us.” What? Too experienced?” If I had the confidence then, I...

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