When You Learn Your Employee is an Alcoholic

Alcoholic woman carrying a bottle of liquerIt’s not only disheartening but also disruptive when you learn one of your staff members has a drinking problem. Just this past week, a business colleague had a very upsetting experience that almost lost her a client. She called us in frustration because she didn’t know what to say to her employee.

Don’t Become an Enabler

She said that she finally accepted this employee couldn’t control his drinking. Let’s not mince words; she’s pretty certain that he’s an alcoholic. He had gradually been taking longer and longer lunches and often came back to the office …Read more…

Did You Pack a Plaid Jacket for Your Next Virtual Presentation?

Sleazy BusinessmanHow are you doing to dress for you next new normal virtual presentation? If you haven’t thought through your wardrobe, you may find yourself wearing clothes that detract from your next presentation. We don’t need to mention that you shouldn’t wear a loud plaid jacket, do we?

If you’re presenting in another city, you won’t have time to search for more appropriate attire. You need to plan your wardrobe prior to packing for your trip. …Read more…

How to Make the Camera Work for You in a Virtual Appearance

Answer questions, Reporter Q&AWhen we’re coaching clients for a TV appearance, we always remind them that they are not the star of the show and should not expect “star” treatment.

Over the years we’ve had clients complain they didn’t get the best camera angle or lighting so we tell them the “best” is reserved for the host. But when you are in a virtual meeting you can control the camera angle, lighting, background and much more. …Read more…

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

Holidays used to mean celebrations. Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, New Years and Kwanzaa all meant parties in pre-Pandemic days. Now, most parties have to go virtual if they are going to happen at all.

Parties frequently mean toasts. Toasts will still be part of most virtual parties. 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. …Read more…