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…

Did You Forget to Answer My Email or Were You Just Being Rude?

Netiquette word cloud with abstract backgroundWe’re all swamped with emails, but do you routinely ignore your business correspondence? Am I not important enough for you to respond in a timely manner, or do you just treat everyone rudely?

What’s Timely?

If you’re in the client service business, then it’s advisable to establish the ground rules for emails. Discuss an acceptable time frame with your client. A fairly common guideline is to answer by end of day. But suppose you’re working on a crisis. …Read more…

Don’t Forget to Wear Your Socks

Don’t laugh. This happened to a client not too long ago. Business, Mann, am Arbeitsplatz 17He’s a very busy CEO, who was so tired that he showed up at a morning press conference in a suit and tie but without socks. It was a tell tale sign that he had mentally checked out because of exhaustion. He wasn’t conscious of what he was doing. …Read more…

Labor Day is Coming: Time to Gear Up for the Busy Fall Season

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Shift Into High Gear

Labor Day is coming and it’s back to school for millions of school children. But this national holiday also signals the unofficial end of summer, when companies shift into high gear to meet their revenue targets for the year.

Many people get the blues but you can avoid the post-summer slump by getting yourself ready for a busy fall season.

Getting Ready

What does getting ready entail?

First, start thinking about how you’re presenting yourself in every aspect …Read more…