When You Make a Toast Keep it Short and Not About You

June is the month for new beginnings and happy endings.

Many couples marry in June and start a new life together, while graduates with degrees in hand have finished long years of study, ready to conquer the world.

So what if you’re asked to make a toast to celebrate any occasion?

It’s Not About You

A toast is a mini speech, so prepare for it just like you would get ready for a presentation at work. Many people avoid giving toasts because they dislike speaking in public. It’s nerve wracking to summarize your best wishes in two minutes. It will be easier if you speak from the heart.

Remember, it’s not about you. …Read more…

Don’t Let a Misspelling Torpedo Your Presentation

"Don't let misspellings torpedo pressentations"Spelling makes headlines  this time of year as the annual National Spelling Bee takes place in the nation’s capital. A few years ago at the same time Mitt Romney’s staff goofed by misspelling “Amercia” in its iPhone app. That’s supposed to be “America” in case you wondered.

The twitter hashtag #Amercia exploded with thousands of tweets, as did “sneak-peek.” One tweeter made this astute observation, “If you’re applying for a job, and you misspell the name of the company you want to work for, …Read more…

Do You Stand for a Phone Interview With a Reporter?

Do you stand for a phone interview is a serious question. An in-person media interview with a reporter is less likely these days than the return of the manual typewriter.

So how do you make the best impression when you can’t see the whites of a reporter’s eyes?

Preparing for the Phone Interview

In an earlier post, we discussed developing your key messages and you’ve practiced them until they roll off your tongue smoothly, right? …Read more…

How to Network in Business Without Being Rude

You’ve met an interesting person, had a nice conversation and exchanged business cards. Now you want to move on to meet other people. No doubt you’ve experienced this yourself when you were at a networking function.

Networking in Business

Networking in Business

Plan Your Escape

You don’t want to be rude and just turn away, leaving the other person standing alone in the middle of a crowded room. After all, you were taught as a child to be polite and considerate of other people. …Read more…