My Heart is Racing So Fast I Think I’m Going to Faint!

Being a little nervous before a presentation, or media interview, is only natural.overcome-stage-fright3-150x1501 However, it’s not natural if you panic and your heart starts racing, you break out in a sweat and want to throw up.

If that describes you, then you need to work at reigning in your stage fright. Preparation and practice are essential. …Read more…

You’ve Lost Your Audience – Now What?

You’re feeling good, you’re well prepared, the room set up is just right, and you’ve launched into your presentation. BoringAudienceThen your heart sinks. You can feel the negative vibes coming from the audience.

They’ve tuned out. …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…

Brush Up on Your Small Talk if You Want to Land That Dream Job

Bloomberg SurveyCommunication skills and the ability to engage in “small talk” is the #1 asset for job candidates according to a survey conducted by BloombergBusiness. That’s also sound advice for working executives and those who want to advance in their organizations.

Small Talk is an Ice Breaker

The next two most important assets cited in the study are analytical skills and the ability to work collaboratively. It’s not surprising that communication skills and small talk are essential to working collaboratively.

Small talk isn’t a waste of time. It plays an important role in establishing an emotional connection in one-on-one conversations and also among team members. Individuals can feel each other out before beginning a substantive discussion. …Read more…