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, […]

Now What? Here’s How Smart Women Succeed Despite Gender Barriers

T’is our season of discontent, women! Earlier this month what many of us already knew from experience was hugely confirmed by the Lean In and McKinsey & Company, “Women in the Workplace 2015” study. New statistics were presented showing a continued pattern of unequal pay and limited access to higher opportunities afforded to men. Adding […]

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 […]

I Was Not Prepared for This! What My Education Failed to Teach Me

I recently had the pleasure of welcoming a young woman into the office as my new Manager of Business and Client Services. Contrary to popular belief about the millennial generation, her energy, enthusiasm, and dare I say new way of looking at things has definitely put a spring in our step here at Klaus & […]

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 […]

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 […]

Raising Your Executive Presence in Conflict Situations

As much as many of us would like to run for the hills when faced with conflict, it’s part and parcel of our daily business world. Indeed, how you handle difficult situations could even determine your suitability for more senior positions especially with management responsibilities. Here are the top eight behaviors of people that possess […]

Speak Up—But Don’t “Tic” Off Your Audience

Sometimes I feel like a one-woman vigilante on a mission to rid the world—or at the very least the workplace—of vocal tics. No doubt you’ve heard a few of these within your office walls. Let’s start with “Upward Inflection,” originated and perfected by California Valley girls in the 70’s who managed to take a declarative […]

Recommended Reading: “The Secret Ingredient of Success” and “Maybe Management Isn’t Your Style”

A mid-winter shout out about two articles I thought you would enjoy reading. The first  is  “The Secret Ingredient of Success,” by Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield; a wonderful glimpse into the power of shifting one’s strongly held beliefs to attain greater success.  The other article is mine, which some of you may have already seen in […]