Are You Always an Expert?

I saw a magazine advice column recently where a professional was wondering how to respond to those who asked for her advice when she wasn’t in her office. She’s a well-known medical professional in her community, and when she’s out walking, at a store, or even out for dinner, she’s sometimes asked about how to…

How Welcoming is YOUR Organization?

Networking

Have you ever attended a business networking event where you knew very few people . . . maybe no one? How did you feel when you were walking in? Confident? Curious? Cautious? Comfortable? Uncomfortable? All those are possible, of course, but I think most of us would admit to at least feeling a little uncomfortable,…

Networking Success Tips: Secret #1

Have you ever gone into a room full of laughing and talking strangers, all seeming to be having a great time? Have you noticed that they’re mostly not paying attention to anyone who isn’t right in their immediate twosome or small group? Have you stood there at the room’s entrance, almost paralyzed by the thought…

What’s in a Name? (Quite a Lot, Actually!)

Name

When I was just three days old, my adoptive parents gave me my name: Susan Betsy Rooks. Easy to say, easy to spell, and easy to remember. Susan was for my mom’s mom, Sara. Betsy was for my dad’s mom, Bessie. And yes, I am very glad they made those slight changes (I never could…

How to Deal With Social Media Trolls

Are you familiar with this term? We’re seeing evidence of them everywhere on social media, which is a shame. As a verb, troll can mean “to post inflammatory or irrelevant material on an electronic forum to provoke responses; as a noun, it can mean “a person who posts such material.” But no matter what the…