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How do you keep networking when you’re burnt out?

Whether you’re an introvert, extrovert, or ambivert, this is a valid question. It can be exceedingly difficult to network and socialize well and with any degree of enjoyment when we are physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted. And let’s face it, many of us...

Phrases & Questions That Can Enhance Your Conversations

Want to know some easy ways to shift a ho-hum, small-talky conversation into something a lot more interesting, meaningful, and memorable? Try injecting these phrases into the mix. “Tell me about that.”  (Or “Tell me more about that.” Or simply“Tell me more.”) “What...

Preserve your peace of mind via these humble metaphors

Oh goodness. There is SO MUCH going on in the world!  It’s easy to get our knickers in a knot, worry ourselves to death, and become purveyors of negativity on a daily basis. But truth be told, if you’re a history enthusiast as I am, you know there has ALWAYS...

Five questions to improve your thinking and conversations

I’ve always found wisdom (and amusement) from the saying, “Never assume. It makes an ASS out of U and ME.”   So when I came across these five questions in Warren Berger’s “Book of Beautiful Questions,” I felt compelled to share them with you today. See if you can use...

How to move a conversation beyond “What do you do?”

Ugh! We’ve all been there. You meet someone at a party or a networking event and “What do you do?” is the typical question that comes up. A dull or perplexing answer often follows. “How about you?” might be lobbed back as a courtesy. Then the awkward silence sets in....

How do I break into an industry where I have no connections?

Many people are job hunting these days, and some are shifting gears and changing paths in a major way. Might this be you? Try these strategic steps: Design. Ask yourself what “Great” or “Success” could look (and feel) like in a new career. I call this creating your...