Category Archives: Articles

‘I Don’t Get It!’ – Holding Notes

Recently, a reader asked my opinion of holding speaker notes with two hands. I Don’t Get It, because I discourage the habit. It limits natural-looking gesturing, especially with notes in hand. Read More »

Workplace Writing Power Point – Short Words

Here’s this month’s Power Point – whenever a short, simple, familiar word is just as clear or clearer as a longer word, use the shorter word. The extra syllables don’t add anything to your meaning and may detract from your image as a real, down-to-earth person. But don’t trade clarity for brevity. Think ‘Twitter’ and save some of those characters for another message. Read More »

Social Media vs. Face-to-Face

A business reporter asked me about Social Media and how the using it, texting and email negatively impact sales professionals’ ability to communicate face-to-face. My response … for your reading pleasure: Read More »

Ask Good Questions

Because networking is all about sharing information and asking good questions, here are eight good questions to help you plan your networking events and engage in effective conversation. Read More »

Message Best Practices

Last month’s feature on ‘Message in the Middle’ was a real hit, based on reader comments and questions. As promised, here are some message-related Best Practices to help you accomplish your presentation outcomes.

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I Don’t Get It – ‘And’ Networking Relationships

Regular readers may recall that I’m a veteran networking practitioner and often speak and write about the topic. However, I willingly admit that many of my strategies and best practices dance to a different drummer. Read More »

Worthy Networking Events

A reporter recently asked for my opinion on what kind of networking events are worth attending. Here’s a summary of my response: Read More »

A Powerful Message in the Middle

The last two months we’ve discussed powerful audience-centric presentation Introductions and Summaries, as if the two book ends holding your presentation together. So, now let’s focus on what’s left – your powerful Message in the Middle. Read More »

Become a ‘Platinum Rule’ Workplace Communicator

Many business professionals diligently attempt to practice the ‘Golden Rule’ at work that we all learned as youngsters. A workplace communication version of that philosophy would be ’Communicate with other people the way you want them to communicate with you.’  While a nice warm and fuzzy concept, a quick reality check indicates two serious flaws in the logic: the ‘Golden Rule’ assumes everyone is the same and that everyone is the same as you. Read More »

Workplace Writing Power Points – ‘Very’

One of my favorite engaged readers mentioned a one-day ‘English Refresher’ course he took years ago in which the professor stressed never using the word very.  My response was very focused and very brief. Read More »

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