We talk a great deal about how important first impressions are in business, but suggestions are almost universally spelled out for our own self-improvement, leaving out how we affect the first impressions that others make through our introductions. A bad introduction can cripple a conversation, and sour relationships, whereas a good one can make a conversation not only informative, but useful, as it can lead you and people around you to a world of opportunities down the line.
I went shopping today. Those of you who know me will understand why I am now sitting with my feet up, wondering why I was ever born. I am not a shopper. Even if I had some money, I still wouldn't be a shopper. Well, unless you count Amazon; THERE I am a shopper. The prices are better and there are no crowds.Today's jaunt, however, was for milk and bread, which Amazon doesn't have. Hence, I went shopping....more
You know how you learn when you’re a kid that we only use 10% of our brain, but that scientists believe there’s huge potential for that other, unused 90%? I have long insisted that there’s a part of that dormant brain – and it gets bigger and bigger the older you get – which I like to call “Too Late to Ask.” You know the section of your noggin I mean. It’s stuff you knew, but now you’ve forgotten. So you wind up asking yourself questions like:...more
Eleven years ago I created and ran an upscale specialty boutique with excrutiatingly cute home decor stuff, spa stuff (because I can't resist), and a nice baby gift section. Lessons learned there have been extraordinarily useful in learning about people. It's helped with Social Media a lot, in fact. One thing that's very different, though, is that Some people talk very differently online than they do in person. ...more
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