How to avoid being predictable when meeting someone new

For many of us, meeting new people, whether socially or professionally, can be awkward.  And so many times we gravitate, especially in professional settings, to the dreaded “What do you do?” first question.  While it’s easy and safe and gives us some insight as to the type of person we have just met, it’s boring and predictable.  And let’s face it, none of us wants … Continue reading How to avoid being predictable when meeting someone new

Offices are still empty

Are you still working from home offices?  It seems you are not alone.  As of mid-November, only 25% of people had returned to their offices.  While this is higher than the lowest point in April of less than 15%, it is down slightly from October, which reported 27% occupancy. This decline in office use is also impacting the residential market of many of the big … Continue reading Offices are still empty

Remote workers growing tired of remote working?

For years, working from home was considered a job perk many people wanted from their employers.  Now, after being home for so long, many remote workers are eager to get back into the office.  What’s behind this change in attitude? Yep.  It’s true.  We always want what we can’t have.  For a while, working from home was what many office workers dreamed of.  But it … Continue reading Remote workers growing tired of remote working?

Five Forms of body language confident people NEVER do

Body language is the unspoken word that lets others around us know how we are really feeling.  Want to appear more confident?  Learn the five forms of body language confident people never do. When it comes to communication, we’ve all heard that body language conveys more than the spoken word.  In fact, 93% of communication is non-verbal of which 55% is based on body language.  … Continue reading Five Forms of body language confident people NEVER do

Want to improve performance? Ask for advice, not feedback

Is the best way to improve performance by asking for feedback?  Or are those providing “constructive feedback” just being kind and not sharing their real opinions.  Try asking for their advice instead. When we have just completed a major task and want to improve our performance, we often ask others for feedback.  But studies show that when people provide feedback, they are very vague and … Continue reading Want to improve performance? Ask for advice, not feedback

Looking for a job? Here’s the one sentence that must be in your cover letter

In the market for a new job?  Have a perfectly polished resume that you’re sure will land you that next interview?  Don’t forget to also provide a well-written cover letter.  Starting your cover letter with this one simple sentence will increase your odds of getting an interview. With so many people out of work these days, standing out during the application process is crucial.  And … Continue reading Looking for a job? Here’s the one sentence that must be in your cover letter

Are endless video calls draining you? Your kids? Here’s why…

There are reasons why those video calls feel so draining…because they are!  Having people stare at just our faces for sometimes hours on end requires incredible effort on our part to appear interested and engaged.   There are also very limited non-verbal cues that we can tap into subconsciously, which means we have to focus on participant’s words and maintain eye contact more than in-person meetings. … Continue reading Are endless video calls draining you? Your kids? Here’s why…

Motivational books that inspire

The reading options seem endless when it comes to the topic of motivation. One professional coach who has spent much of her career reading up on the topic consistently comes back to one title in particular, “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl.  The book recounts the author’s time at a concentration camp and reminds us that even in the most adverse of circumstances, life … Continue reading Motivational books that inspire

July unemployment data is out… and it shows promise!

July unemployment data is out and for the 3rd consecutive month, unemployment has fallen from a high of 14.7% in April to 10.2% in July. It is important to note the difference between temporary (furloughs) and permanent (layoffs) unemployment. July was the first month where permanent unemployment declined, which is a positive sign. Because unemployment is being driven by a medical crisis, job recovery will … Continue reading July unemployment data is out… and it shows promise!