IT PAYS TO BE SPECIFIC

Be specific – two little words that have the power to change your behavior and the behavior of others. Yet, business professionals are rarely specific when giving feedback to their employees, colleagues or bosses. Why is that? Well, the obvious reason is that most people fear hurting others’ feelings. As a result, they give general, […]

You Can Go On!

“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” –Jerry Seinfeld   In the recent New Yorker Article, I Can’t Go On!, Joan […]

Public Speaking Is The #1 Fear In America. It Shouldn’t Be Yours.

Public speaking can seem like a daunting task, and more often than not business professionals underprepare and under deliver when it comes to making an impact on their audience. The truth is that 80% of the time, when you just “wing it,” you are not as persuasive, convincing or dynamic as you would have been […]

Buddha At Work: Keeping Calm in the Hairiest of Situations

Most of us don’t want to react poorly when things aren’t going our way at the office. We don’t plan or rehearse our outbursts. Rather, our “adult tantrums” are the result of poor self-management when stress gets too high—for example, when you hear that your boss is interviewing an external candidate for a position that sounds very […]

Can You Be Cute and Perky And Still Have Executive Presence?

Recently we took a poll asking people to vote on who has more executive presence, Katie Couric or Diane Sawyer. Diane Sawyer won hands down with a whopping 97 percent of the vote. How could this be? Both women have been at the top of the broadcast industry, even being the first at their respective […]

Should Women Say “We” Not “I” When Promoting Themselves?

In a word, no! After two decades of coaching professionals at every rung of the corporate ladder, I want to set the record straight when it comes to females and self-promotion. First, it’s essential. Second, women need to think twice about following the advice in Sheryl Sandberg’s latest book suggesting they should stick to saying “we” […]

New College Graduates—What Employers Are REALLY Looking For

What’s the one thing that many college graduates fail to consider when preparing for a job interview? Overcoming stereotypes! Everyone to a certain extent faces unspoken biases during an interview—or what I often refer to as a second conversation or subtext during an interview that is not voiced by the interviewer. For millennial job candidates, […]