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Dear Tracy: Try Introducing Yourself in Rwanda

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Dear Tracy: Try Introducing Yourself in Rwanda

Recently, I received an e-mail from a client and her Rwandan scholars, who shared their experience about making first impressions and powerful introductions. Read more below. Dear Tracy… Last month, I met five scholars from Rwanda. They were bright, ambitious, courageous millennials open to learning communication skills through the Confidence Project. The Rwandan scholars are part of the Portland-based non- profit, These Numbers Have Faces. They are undergraduates who are at the top of their classes in Engineering and Business and are...

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How I Achieved Good Posture From My Visit to the Facebook Campus

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How I Achieved Good Posture From My Visit to the Facebook Campus

In May, I was working on the Facebook campus. It’s huge and cool with an industrial feel. There’s lots of reclaimed wood, so the buildings look unfinished. On purpose. One of the Facebook slogans is “Done is better than perfect.” Around campus, you’ll also see, “Fortune Favors the Bold”, “Move Fast, Break Things”, and “Hack Early. Hack Often.” There’s a bike repair shop, laundry service, micro kitchens, pop-up shops, Philz Coffee (a Silicon Valley favorite), free valet parking, an enormous cafeteria with...

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How to Introduce Yourself with Confidence and Impact

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How to Introduce Yourself with Confidence and Impact

I’ve been a TV newswoman, as a reporter and an anchor, at several CBS affiliate stations on the East Coast. As a newsperson, you need to “connect” with people FAST…because, most people on the street, do NOT want to be talking with a news crew! Typically, those initial “connections” would start, with making eye contact, introducing myself and shaking someone’s hand. It seems like a simple-thing, doesn’t it? Introducing yourself. It is simple, but not always easy, if we haven’t been taught or we don’t get to practice in our everyday lives. And,...

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The Un-Champions

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The Un-Champions

For lacrosse fans, Spring is the best season of the year. Just ask my young friend, Annie. She’s an elementary school teacher in Southern California and the lacrosse coach for a U-11 girls’ team. That’s 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. Girls like Sara, Mackenzie, Katie, Ali, Becki and 11 others. Annie’s first season coaching these girls was rough. They lost every game. In the second season, though, their record rocked: 8 wins and 2 losses. Those 2 losses were to another U-11 girls’ team (2-time Champions) who they were up against in this...

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3 Tips for Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch

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3 Tips for Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch

We can’t help ourselves. No matter what our job, when someone asks, “What do you do?” we tend to take too long to explain. I always know I’m in trouble when someone’s answer is, “Well, it’s complicated.” There is so much competition for our attention today. No matter what pleasant (or annoying) sounds emerge from our cells signaling calls, texts or tweets, it’s still noise. It disrupts conversations and pulls us away from paying full attention to each other. So, the age old “30-second elevator pitch” doesn’t work anymore. People are too...

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Three Tips to Communicate with Confidence

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In January, I was on the East Coast. Towards the end of my trip, I took Amtrak from Baltimore to NYC. I love the train. The seats are comfortable and it’s quiet. At least, it’s supposed to be. Amtrak offers Quiet Cars where it states, Guests are asked to limit conversation and speak in subdued tones. Phone calls are not allowed and all portable electronic devices must be muted or used with headphones (passengers using headphones must keep the volume low enough so that the audio cannot be heard by other passengers). When I boarded, I spotted...

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Hey. Like. Cheers!

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Hey. Like. Cheers!

I love a good fad. Like razor scooters in the 80’s, the Rachel haircut in the 90’s, and American Idol. Language has fads, too. How many times have you heard someone say, “think outside the box, drilling down, that’s in his wheelhouse, and the latest, I’d like to unpack something for you. “Unpack” is the current buzzword for “explain by looking at the components.” And how about solo words like, iconic, epic, awesome, amazing, genius. Really? How many things fill you with awe inspiring...

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The Unexpected Solo

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The Unexpected Solo

On Sundays in the summer, my husband, Henry and I go to church early. The 8 am mass works well, so we have the long, lazy NW Sunday ahead of us with daylight until 9:30 pm. Plus, the service is low key with only a pianist and a soloist while the choir is on summer break. One Sunday last month, we noticed that the young soloist, Rachel was ready by 7:58 am, but the accompanist, Maria hadn’t arrived. A few minutes later, a parishioner came to the podium and said, “Good morning. It seems as if our pianist is not coming today, so we...

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How Confidence was Found in a Blue Volvo

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How Confidence was Found in a Blue Volvo

Back in high school, my best friend, Mary Dougherty, tried to teach me how to drive her Toyota Corolla stick shift, which she loved. I never got the hang of it. I stalled out so many times that we both thought I had burned out her clutch. The first car I bought was a used, 4-door, navy blue Volvo sedan. At 21, I thought I was so cool. I owned a foreign car: leather interior, lots of trunk space. I had just graduated from the University of Maryland and was starting a new job in Baltimore. My boyfriend found the Volvo at a dealership on the...

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Public Speaking or Death?

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Public Speaking or Death?

“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that seem right? That means to the average person, if you have to go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” – Jerry Seinfeld Avoid death! Let me edit your speech and coach your presentation either in person or via Skype. I’ll help you put it in your authentic voice. I specialize in “giving life” to your speech. We’ll practice a lot. It will be fun. You...

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