Turning Crap into Community

I was one of the speakers at the International Conference on Nursing in London last week.It truly was international. There were nursing professionals and professors from Japan to Jordan, Bangladesh to Britain, and Texas to Turkey.That first morning, looking around the...

What If We Stopped Hiding Out?

A friend told me a job search horror story. My initial reaction was “How dare they treat her that way!” Then I started thinking about how I can make similar choices that not only diminish others but me. So I realized it’s time to deal with my own awareness issues. My...

The Terror of Answering "What Do YOU Do?"

They’re wrong when they say public speaking is the #1 fear of business people. I know it’s going to a networking event and hearing someone ask, “What do you do?”Oh the blather and drivel that comes out of our mouths! Here’s what to do about it.Of course you know what...

Who's Your "Guy at the Table"?

After giving a workshop on creating elevator pitches, I checked in with people as they left. One woman said, “This was really useful. Except this guy at our table wouldn’t stop talking. So some of us didn’t get the chance to practice.”I knew this guy. (We all do.) I’d...

The Best Thank You Never Heard

A week ago, we had to let go of our dog Ralph.You may remember him from “Communication Lessons from My Dog Ralph” in May (http://www.yourwordsmith.com/what-can-my-dog-ralph-teach-you-about-communication).Since his sudden loss, I’ve been thinking about ways to become...