Confidence Tips


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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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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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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Confidence: Step by Step

Confidence: Step by Step


Posted By on Aug 28, 2017

This summer, I walked 275 miles, halfway across northern Spain, along the Camino de Santiago. Before we left for the Pilgrimage, my husband, Henry, and I emailed our family and friends: “We would love to carry your prayer requests with us. If you are interested, please send us your list and we will offer up your requests as we walk along ‘The Way.'” What we received added up to a 6-page, double-sided,10 point font,...

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How Your Voice Sounds to Others

How Your Voice Sounds to Others


Posted By on Apr 17, 2017

Jerry Seinfeld jokes that “Speaking in front of a crowd is considered the # 1 fear of most people. Number two is death. Death! This means to the average person, if you have to be at a funeral, you’d rather be in the casket than doing the eulogy!” “Funny and true,” laughs, Linda Brice who is an international voice coach. She says that singing and public speaking elicit primal fear because we are terrified of being shamed, humiliated,...

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Imagine you’re a hot shot professional ready to advance your career. You’ve won awards for your competence. You’ve been promoted and received bonuses for your extraordinary work. But as you work to climb the ladder, you discover that despite your success, you don’t feel confident in the interview process. Competent, yes. Confident, no. A Hewlett Packard internal report, which has been widely quoted, states that...

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