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The rate in which you speak could be hindering your communication.

The rate in which you speak could be hindering your communication. Do  you  know why? This post is in a response to an article called, “How to Look and Sound

How do you manage to remember anyone’s name right after being introduced?

When meeting new people, immediately say, “Tom, it is nice to meet you.” The key here is really listening . For some reason, most of us do not listen to their name

What are some good ice breaker discussion topics when you meet someone new at a networking work function?

There are many topics you can bring up. It is not so much the topic as it is how you bring it up. Meaning, use open-ended questions so that the

What are some ways to stay aware of your body language? For example, body language is an important factor; however it may not be on your mind constantly while you are networking. Is there a way to help ourselves be more consciously aware of the message we are sending?

Self-Awareness is key here! We all have what I call “home base” with body language, in other words, what is natural to you. And we all have nervous habits or

Even in Hollywood, performance can go just so far! Personal Branding is key:-)

Performance impacts your personal brand! Most of us think that performance is everything to your career. Sure, you have to perform to keep your job, but what distinguishes you from

I have a friend that says he always uses one word of profanity such as “damn” or “hell” during an interview to show maturity and that he is relaxed. Is this a good thing?

Absolutely not! Using any type of profanity does not show maturity, in fact it is the opposite. Being too relaxed is not where one should be during an interview. Of

I was at a networking function and this one person tended to get too “close” when speaking with me and others. It made us a little uncomfortable. What is the rule-of-thumb when it comes to distance between people when doing business?

Whether you are doing business or socializing in our culture, (North America) the norm is what scientists call the “social” distance. This is about 4-5 feet distance between people, which

What is the best way to start a conversation besides making a statement about the weather?

Using an ice-breaker to start a conversation is sometimes more difficult than the conversation itself. Whether it is a networking event or meeting someone in a restaurant where there is

Nervous habits tend to me more prevalent when you are under pressure or stressed, particular in business meetings, interviews or giving a presentation. How can you reveal your nervous habits to maintain better control??

Nervous habits tend to surface when a person is under pressure or stressed; however, being nervous is normal. It is important to control them as much as possible. If you

I had a job interview and I kept fidgeting with my hands. I caught the interviewer “take note”. What’s the best way to avoid showing nervousness with my hands since that is the way I show it?

If you play with your hands, or tend to play with items when you are nervous, then do not allow your hands to touch. You can gently hold your wrist

During a business meeting, if someone is crossing their arms does this mean they are shutting you out or they are not buying into what you are saying?

Experts themselves have different philosophies on the nuances of nonverbal communication. And although this is a very complex subject matter, let me simplify it for you so that you learn

I just had an interview. Because of today’s technology, should I send a thank you note via email instead of a handwritten note card via snail mail? I am confused, please help!

You should send a thank you letter or note within 24 hours. The purpose is not only to thank them for their time, but to reiterate why you are the

What is the best way I can sit during an interview? I often times feel too stiff. Any suggestions?

Having your lower and upper body facing directly to an interviewer gives you a more authoritative presence. Aside from your posture the position of the chair can impact your presence.

The other day I was waiting to see a client in their reception area. I took notice of what others were reading while waiting to be seen. One was reading a novel of some sort; the other was reading a People magazine. It was then I thought, what were they “saying” to their client by what they were reading. Does this have an impact on what others think just by what you are reading?

When waiting in the reception area for a meeting you should select literature about the company, such as a brochure or an annual report. If those are not available consider

When visiting a client’s office and you are waiting to be seen where should you place the items that you have brought with you?

When sitting, you need to be thinking about getting-up. This is very important because when someone comes to great you, (hopefully you can see them coming) you should be able

I read that having good eye contact is the most important part of an introduction. The other day my client introduced me one of their new team members. When being introduced, she had great eye contact but not a good handshake. So what is the most important? The whole thing made me uncomfortable. Any suggestions?

When being introduced to others you should begin looking them in the eye, while starting to smile, begin the dialogue of introducing yourself, while reaching to shake their hands and

When going to a client’s office for a meeting, is it best to sit on a sofa or a chair while waiting in the reception area? I heard chair but do not know the reasoning.

Actually neither of them should be your determining factor. You should sit facing where you believe where someone may be coming from to greet you. For example, if there is

Personal Branding…Self-Awareness is Key!

Self-Awareness is Key when building a personal brand! When it comes to personal branding the key is Self-Awareness. CHUVA group created the 4-Level of Awareness when it comes to branding

I heard that there are a number of words per minute one should speak in order for their message to be comprehended clearly. Is there any truth to this? I speak fast and want to make sure I am being understood!

An average of 180 words per minute is recommended to keep your listener interested allowing them to better comprehend the message. Speaking too slow can make you appear very boring.

You are having a meeting with your boss and you disagree with what is being said, you can either react or respond. What is your typical style?

Oftentimes when one feels that someone is questioning his or her knowledge or abilities he or she can get defensive without even realizing it. When one does this they are