Business


  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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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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Are You Civilized?

Are You Civilized?


Posted By on Sep 7, 2017

In a divided country and increasingly cruel and crass world, civility is needed more than ever. Families are splitting apart over politics. Students are disrespectful of their teachers. Business “professionals” hurl insults on social media. People don’t even look at each other when they pass by. And, even if they do, they can’t hear you say, “Good morning,” because they’re wearing earbuds. In the midst of the noise and chaos, there...

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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...

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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...

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