Mirror, Mirror on the Wall Who’s the Fairest…it’s My Selfie!

Instagram SelfiesThe selfie craze started with the growth in popularity of Instagram. This photo-sharing site enables you to choose a filter to transform the look and feel of a self-image posted from your smart phone to Instagram or other social media networks.

President Obama made headlines when he took a selfie of himself, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and British Prime Minister David Cameron at Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

Selfies can serve a purpose in presenting yourself to the public, but there are guidelines you should follow, like …Read more…

Working the Stage and Staying “In the Moment” During a Presentation

Working the stage

Working the stage

Every presentation is also a performance. Like an actor you need to know your lines and stay “in the moment,” always in character and focusing on what you’re doing when you’re doing it.

Actors are trained to stay in the moment and not think about what they’re having for dinner after the show or lose their concentration if a cell phone goes off in the audience.

Staying in the moment – or mindfulness – is a skill that is getting a lot of attention these days as our busy lives and the Internet intrude on our ability to focus, as The New York Times recently reported. …Read more…

To Hug, or Not to Hug: That is the Dilemma

When did hugging become so popular? People are still learning how to give a proper handshake – no limp fish – and all that. But now shaking hands is so passé.

Should I Hug?

When I visit with clients it isn’t always clear what I should do – and what the client prefers. hug-happy-smileIf it’s a woman client of many years’ standing, it’s almost automatic to share what’s called an “air kiss.” We simply brush cheeks; not exactly a kiss, but close.

It’s more problematic with a long-standing male client – an air kiss, a handshake or a hug? An older gentleman may prefer a formal handshake, while a Millennial may go for a big hug, or maybe a high five.

Michelle Obama joined the trend, along with other celebrities New York Magazine identified in The Power Huggers. The hit reality show The Voice features more hugging than you normally see at a wedding. The singers who win a competition get a big hug – not only from their coach …Read more…

Preparing for TV and Broadcast Interviews to Promote Your Holiday Products

The holiday shopping season is about to go into full swing and so are the spokespersons who will be talking about and demonstrating products on television.

Holiday Spokespersons

Holiday Spokespersons

As you watch the plethora of spokespersons this holiday season, see how many of them not only nailed their interviews but compelled you to take action. It’s a sure bet that the ones who got your attention had media training.

If you represent a spokesperson, or happen to find yourself in a position to advise one, you can help them to be more effective with advance preparation. …Read more…