5 Tips To Increase Your Email Productivity

Email threatens to engulf us. Yet it’s also a boon to productivity if used efficiently. The key to making it a productivity booster rather than drain lies in a few time-saving tips I’ve discovered along the way.
1. Post It and Provide the Link or Attachment
As a writer and speaker, I get the same questions over and over—about editors, ghostwriters, agents, PR firms, speaker bureaus. Chances …Read More

Personal Presence: Energy—The Missing Ingredient for Job Applicants & Presenters

I’ve been giving a lot of thought recently to energy.  Why some people have it, and others don’t.  How it explodes from some people, and how you can’t coax it from others.  How it benefits those who have it, and how it limits those who lack it.
Sixteen-year-old Mason recently confided that he’d aced his first interview for a part-time job and had a call-back for …Read More

Communication Skills: 10 Ways Salespeople Kill Deals by Their Communication

Many times I’ve felt the urge to give a salesperson a piece of my mind after some obnoxious communication habit, insensitive comment, or ineffective process.  But then I need my mind—all of it—so I typically refrain.  But the high performers stand out from the crowd because they’ve mastered “the little things” that the bottom-half on the sales team have not.
  These communication faux pas can …Read More

Communication Skills: Conversation Starters for Holiday Get-Togethers

With all the holiday parties in full swing at work, around the community, and with extended family, you may find yourself face to face with strangers quite often in the coming weeks.  For those of you who always (or occasionally) feel a little awkward in such conversations, here are a few opening lines to get your chat off to a meaningful start:

“So tell me a …Read More

Communication Skills: Know When to Call, Text, Email, or Talk Face to Face

Have you ever received a text message and wondered if the sender was being sarcastic rather than serious? Or have you ever hung up the phone and thought about the time you could have saved by texting instead of talking?

Sometimes the way you communicate can be just as crucial to understanding as the words themselves. So what should it be? Call, text, email, or talk …Read More

Multitasking Leads to Communication Gaffes

But you get my point: In real life, important communication—whether writing or speaking—deserves your undivided attention and concentration.

A new book released today, SuperCompetent® by productivity expert Laura Stack, amplifies this same idea. Check out the third of her six A’s on becoming a supercompetent employee: attention (focus and concentration).Read More

Eliminate Email Irritants

People frequently send me their pet peeves about email. And as you might imagine, I have a few complaints of my own. So rather than rant and rave another day about the productivity problem this email glut causes, I’m tossing out three tips not mentioned in previous blogs or interviews:
Put the Action in the Subject Line
When you send an email with a subject line that …Read More

5 Email Productivity Tips

Email threatens to engulf us. Yet it’s also a boon to productivity if used efficiently. The key to making it a productivity booster rather than drain lies in a few time-saving tips I’ve discovered along the way.

1. Post It and Provide the Link or Attachment

As a writer and speaker, I get the same questions over and over—about editors, ghostwriters, agents, PR firms, speaker bureaus. Chances …Read More

Stop Communicating

Now that’s a statement you don’t hear too often. In fact, you hear the opposite more frequently:  You can’t over-communicate. (I may have been guilty of uttering that cliché myself.)

Have you ever sent out a company-wide email reminding people to be sure the lights in their office are turned off when they go home each evening—when actually only one person forgets and leaves hers on? Ever invited all …Read More