Is it OK to Tell a Little White Lie?

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Lie and grow a Pinocchio nose

How often have you heard that a presentation, or a media interview, is no more than story telling? And that’s true. As a speaker, you’d grab your audience with an opening such as “Imagine that you are about to find a cure for cancer.”

That is sure to get everyone’s attention. But then if you go on to say that cancer has been eradicated, you’ve crossed the line into lying.

That is an egregious  example, but little white lies can turn into big ones and eventually …Read more…

It’s OK to Have an Accent as Long as You’re Not Faking It

America is a melting pot of people from just about every country in the world.Fake Genuine Signpost Means Authentic or Faked Product Most newcomers learn English when they get here and, if they’re already adults, will almost always speak with an accent. There is nothing wrong with having an accent.

It’s important to articulate your words correctly, but an accent can actually make a speaker sound more interesting. Have you ever noticed that people with a British accent are often taken more seriously? Their accent gives them an air of authority and superior intelligence. …Read more…

All That Preparation and Your Product Demonstration Flopped

Woman Making a Banana SmoothieYour worst fear is happening, live and on air: the product you’re demonstrating doesn’t work. When it happens on TODAY, it’s more than a bit embarrassing and certainly diminishes the company’s product and brand.

You Can’t Slap it Together

It takes intricate planning for a product demonstration, or to prepare …Read more…

No Point in Apologizing if You Can’t Admit You’re Wrong

Do you find it difficult to apologize when you’ve done something that hurts or offends someone? It isn’t easy to admit when you’re wrong. But you risk damaging your reputation and relationships if you don’t offer a sincere apology.

Hillary Clinton learned this the hard way when the media and public didn’t buy that she used her private email “for convenience” in government correspondence while she was Secretary of State.

Jon Stewart skewered her in this skit using portions of her press conference …Read more…