Category Archives: Quickies

Just Say ‘No’ to Small Talk

A reporter recently asked for suggestions on appropriate small talk at networking events. I surprised him by saying that small talk really didn’t work that well and to focus on Big Talk instead. The rest of my rant … Read More »

Tone of Words?

This month’s ‘Workplace Writing Power Point’ deals with the Tone of your Words. We all learned about Tone of Voice in freshman speech class – the way your words sound can overshadow their meaning and have a profound impact on your listener or audience. Good stuff – hope you still use it. Read More »

I Don’t Get it – Elevator Pitches

Some of my business friends hate the Elevator Pitch concept and refuse to do them. While I do like the concept, I don’t get the name. Read More »

Sail the Seven Cs

Effective Workplace Writing should pass the ‘7 Cs Test.’  Is it:  Read More »

I Don’t Get It – 3 x 5 Note Cards

A reader recently asked me about using 3 x 5 note cards to hold speaker notes. I don’t get 3 x 5 cards … at all! Read More »

Overcoming Stage Fright

A blogger was doing research on stage fright for speakers and asked me how people can overcome it. My short answer was ‘They can’t – it’s a perfectly normal human response to fear or stress.’ Here are the highlights from the rest of the interview. Read More »

Start Ups

A reporter recently asked what entrepreneurs should ask themselves before beginning a start-up. I suggested these five questions: Read More »

I Don’t Get It … Memorizing Presentations

I Don’t Get … why some people think it’s a good idea to memorize a typical workplace presentation. Some authors even suggest it. Allow me my monthly rant in response. Read More »

Powerful Pitch

A reader recently entered a local business pitch competition with a grand prize of $5,000 and asked for feedback on her ‘script’. I thought you’d find my comments interesting. Read More »

My New Year’s Non-Resolution

Again this year, my New Year’s Resolution is not to make any New Year’s Resolutions. They’re lame, obsolete and no one keeps them for very long.

But … I do plan. I’ll continue to refine goals, objectives, strategies and tactics to keep growing and improving my workplace communication consulting, training and coaching business. I’ll search for five specific ways to do what I do faster, smarter, better or cheaper. I’ll also identify five new clients to acquire and five new allies to collaborate with and support.

Ask me on New Year’s Eve how well I did with my Non-Resolution plans.

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