Category Archives: Quickies

What’s in a Name?

A business reporter recently about the term ‘Motivational Speaker’. I really enjoyed sharing this load of steaming rant. Hope you do too: Read More »

Why I Love Uncommon Phone Courtesy

Here’s a simple technique that will differentiate you from most other people when you make a simple phone call. It works very well whether you’re following up on meeting someone at a networking event, returning a call or simply asking a question:

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We Know Where Cleveland Is!

I regularly attend networking or business events in Cleveland, where everyone introduces their businesses. Lots of people mention that they’re located in Cleveland, Ohio or Lakewood, Ohio or Beachwood, Ohio. They don’t bother to realize that they don’t need to remind people that these locations were in Ohio. Everyone knows that. Now, if they were in an obscure town like Lameville Heights, some people might need to know that was in Ohio. Read More »

Why I Love Meeting Math – And So Will You

I thought by now there’d be no point for this rant. I started facilitating workshops over 30 years ago, based on time honored best practices for planning, leading and following up on workplace meetings. With the evolving workplace culture, new communication tools and the impact of technology, most meetings should have become obsolete, like manual type writers and micro fiche. Apparently, that’s not the case. Read More »

Says Who?

I regularly use quotes in my training, speaking and writing. However, I’m adamant about identifying the sources and putting them in proper context. Few people are so well known that they don’t need any reference, like Jefferson, Mark Twain, Churchill, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., etc. Read More »

Why I Love ‘Show Password’

Does this ever happen to you? Your entering your password on your phone or iPad with your finger or stylus, but you make a mistake and the site blows you off. You try again and still mess up. Then, the site locks you out for a period of time due to too many ‘suspicious’ attempts to log in. Read More »

That’s Good Advice

I recently responded to a blogger’s question asking for the best advice we give people about starting their own businesses.  So, here are three bits of advice I learned from a combination of input from colleagues and expert authors: Read More »

‘Letter B’

Your laptop or PC keyboard has 26 letters on it along with numbers, symbols and punctuation marks. When that keyboard is connected to a projector to run PowerPoint slides, my favorite is Letter ‘B’. Curious about why I love Letter B? … then read on. Read More »

‘Right’ is the New ‘Ummm’

This month’s Rant is all about the new ‘Ummm’.

At a recent business conference, the experienced and otherwise effective speaker had a conspicuous habit of saying ‘… right’ all the time. It was as if she replaced the annoying ‘ummm’ with the equally annoying ‘right’. Read More »

Speakers’ Notes

A reader recently asked if using speaker notes would reduce his opportunity for effective eye contact.

I responded that notes would interfere with eye contact if you talk while looking at them or start reading them to your audience. Read More »