How to Talk About Workplace Diversity

You can find Tina Varughese on Twitter @TinaVarughese   Ever feel like you’re walking on multicultural eggshells? Diversity is a valuable asset to any organization – it increases things like happiness, profitability, and functionality – but it can be intimidating for people who are worried they’ll say the wrong thing or who feel like other…

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How to write an awesome speaker’s bio or introduction

You’re going to be speaking at an event – congratulations! Now comes the awkward, nail-biting task of writing your speaker’s bio so that you can be properly introduced. But what to put in the bio? How do you highlight your skills without sounding like you’re bragging or have an over-inflated ego? I know I’ve felt…

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How to Make Dry, Boring Presentations More Interesting

Today we’re tackling a question that I get All. The. Time. This question from Sandy is on a lot of people’s minds: Hi Lauren – you’re a very energetic presenter, and I’m hoping you can help me inject some energy into my presentations. I’m an civil engineer and need make lots of technical presentations. The…

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How to Bring More Humor to Your Workplace

You can find Mike Kerr on Twitter @HumoratWork   Does your workplace have an office clown? Is your office environment one that encourages a hearty laugh, or is humor seen as something that isn’t sufficiently serious – or even unprofessional? Workplace that have a hearty dose of humor as part of their culture often boast…

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How to Keep Conversation Civil at Family Holiday Gatherings

Gearing up for a big family dinner party? Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Eid, a wedding, or any other kind of family get-together, keeping the peace is no joke…especially when it feels like you’re constantly being provoked by relatives looking to pick a fight. In this Q&A, we have a sticky situation coming from…

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Can I drink before giving a speech?

Are you among the many (MANY) people who like to “take the edge off” before giving a speech with a drink or two? Whether you’re giving a speech at a corporate gala, acting as emcee for an event, or making a toast at a wedding, a quick drink before taking the microphone is a common…

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How to Make Small Talk at Corporate Parties

Holiday party season is upon us! Once the ides of November hit, so to the holiday festivities, and you may  find your calendar packed full of events that require schmoozing and small talk. Whether you love or dread these events, they’re important to go to – especially if you see them as an opportunity to polish…

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Manage Your Energy, Set Your Goals, Find Your Balance

You can find Michelle Cederberg on Twitter @Cederbergspeaks Do you ever find yourself struggling to hit a decent balance between all the activities and responsibilities you have on your plate and the energy you have to actually do all those things? Heavens knows I do, and I know plenty of others who do as well. The frustration…

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