How to Stand Out by Where You Sit Down

If you didn’t think it was important before, you will change your mind after reading this post about exerting your authority and leadership skills in a meeting.

Where you sit at the conference table during a business meeting really does matter.

At the Head of the Table

Sit at the head of the table and stand out. In that way, all eyes will be focused on you.

How to stand out

How to stand out

In order to be more democratic, some managers sit in the middle of the long side of a rectangular table. …Read more…

Your Voice Mail Message is as Important as Any Presentation

“Hithisisjohnpleasecallmebackat2193046013.”

Who is leaving this voice message!

Who is leaving this phone message!

What? Who? You’ve no doubt received a voice message like this one that is completely unintelligible. These kinds of calls are high on our list of pet peeves.

Speak S-l-o-w-l-y and Clearly

The idea for this post came to us a few days ago when we were listening to a phone message over and over again to retrieve the name and phone number of the caller, one letter and one number at a time. It was frustrating, yet we felt obliged to get the information. It could have been a client who needed to speak to us – or possibly a new business prospect. …Read more…

Getting Your Key Messages into Media Interviews

"Did you get in your key messages?"

Did you get in your key messages?

In a recent post, we discussed techniques to move your name to the top of the list when reporters are seeking experts for media interviews.

Now that you’ve gone through media training and booked the interview, how do you improve your chances of having reporters use your key messages in their stories? …Read more…

Reporters are Searching for You. Are You Ready for a Media Interview NOW?

We can all agree that times have changed … and keep changing. Today, how to pitch reporters is very different from the way it used to be.  It’s still true that a media pitch with a compelling subject line and a dazzling story idea will still likely grab a reporter’s attention.

But the Internet offers reporters a smorgasbord of experts in every conceivable subject. …Read more…