Do You Have the Leadership Skills to Replace a Baby Boomer?

Much has been written about Baby Boomers beginning to retire. Make way for the Millennials!Leadership Skills for Millennials

If you are a professional climbing the career ladder, listen to your elders – and this is said in a most respectful way. Boomers joke about hiding their grey hairs, but know they have a responsibility to mentor new leaders.

Many young people, for their part, are uncomfortable because they don’t want to be viewed as not presenting themselves professionally and lacking leadership skills. …Read more…

Is That You in the YouTube Video — Drunk at the Holiday Party?!

Jingle Jingle

Oh, no. Your worst fears have come true. You had too much to drink at your company’s holiday party and you ended up on the floor. A “friend” captured the embarrassing incident on his smart phone and thought it would be funny to post it to YouTube and tweet the link to his Twitter followers.

Now the video is getting hundreds of views. Your boss and clients are furious to see you smashed and making nasty comments about them. You’ve damaged your reputation and personal brand.

That image of you on the floor will live on in perpetuity. Very likely there is someone …Read more…

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

Holidays mean celebrations.

Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, New Years and Kwanzaa all mean parties.

Parties frequently mean toasts.  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…

When You’re Smiling, the Whole World Smiles With You

"Smile when you're presenting"

Smile when you’re presenting

The famous lyrics from the song “When You’re Smiling” were closely identified with iconic jazz singer and trumpeter Louis Armstrong, whose own smile lit up a room.

You can learn a lot from that song about the power of smiling in your personal and business life.

If you smile during a presentation, your audience will smile with you. If you smile when meeting someone new, you’ve already started to build rapport. It’s almost impossible to feel bad when you’re smiling. …Read more…