Engagement and Communication

Learning to Take Breaks that Work: Seven Things You Should Do for Yourself Regularly

Let’s face it. Life and work can be stressful. Whether you are trying to wear all-the-hats running a small business (like me), have a pressure-filled position in corporate America, have to travel a lot for work or are under or unemployed, your professional life can be challenging. And when you add in personal pursuits and …

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April Freebies, Features and Fun: Discussion Cards and Productivity

2019 is certainly flying by, isn’t it? The first quarter of the year is done, and Spring is occurring in many locales. What form of growth are you looking forward to in the second quarter?  How about making adding some new life into your relationships at work? This month’s freebie is a downloadable set of …

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Five Exaggeration Words that Can Ding Your Credibility

How accurate are your claims and statements about your business or professional life? If you are in business for yourself, marketing often falls on your shoulders. It’s hard to find the delicate balance of confident self-promotion while remaining gracious and humble. One temptation in marketing ourselves and our businesses–that can often be unintentional–is to use …

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How to Handle the Workplace Nag (How-to)

Hope received an early morning text from her colleague, Von.* “Please don’t forget to (insert task here) sometime early this week.” Sigh. She’d already put a note on her desk as a reminder to do the task when she got to work.  He’d already talked with her on the weekend about the task. He’d already texted …

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Five Things a Real Professional Should Not Say (3 minute read)

We’ve all let out the snippy retort or the thoughtless response to an email. But a true professional will be conscientious about how he/she responds to others at work, knowing that good relationships are the foundation of professional effectiveness. The following examples are based on real-life dialogues I’ve experienced or heard about. “You obviously missed …

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“As an Executive, I Don’t Have Time for This” (Microlearning Exercise)

“Please communicate with my (support staff) because as an executive I don’t have time for this.” Yikes. That was the essence of an email received from a busy executive. How does it strike you?   One phrase or sentence can give an impression to others that you may later regret. (I don’t know if this …

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