Online Presence Not For All

Before you go to a meeting what's a natural thing for you to do? Google the person you're meeting, right? It's become a way of business life so much so it's second nature -- at least for me. You don't always find much, but at least vague information as to the person...

Business Groups Needs to Define Purpose

Joining a business networking group sounds good in theory, but unless you follow some important guidelines it can quickly become just another social distraction on your calendar. Group members commonly complain that they have neither generated qualified leads nor the...

What-Do-You-Do? Calls For Honest Answer

A word of caution to those who have embraced the concept of the 30-second elevator pitch, have used it in business settings or spent hours crafting your message around it: You may not like this column. Actually, you may feel annoyed that all the time and energy you've...

Pre and Post-Event Also Good for Mingling

Every business or charity event has its own agenda, but all events follow a typical flow. After attending hundreds -- make that thousands -- of events, I've become increasingly aware of how important it is for professionals to understand this flow. It allows you to...

Repetition of Name Technique Doesn’t Work

The other day I was channel surfing and caught an interesting episode of Dr. Phil sharing Secrets to be Happier and Healthier. The preamble for an upcoming segment was that Liz Vaccariello, editor-in-chief of Prevention (www.prevention.com) magazine would share tips...

Over-Involved Helpers a Negative

Managing over-involved volunteers in not-for-profit organizations is a delicate process for human resource managers, executive directors and volunteer co-ordinators. There is a fine line between positive contributions to an organization and being so involved that the...