5 ways to avoid a bad experience at networking events

Recently I attended a networking event which left me with the feeling that I must have had the words, “Talk at me” written on my forehead. Not, "Listen to what I have to say. You may actually be interested." In other words, I didn’t get a word in edgewise. It got to the point where … Continue reading 5 ways to avoid a bad experience at networking events

8 networking tips for introverts

And how not to arrive to an event unprepared. I was once given a ticket to a guest-speaker event put on for a group of young professionals in my community. I was excited and grateful for the opportunity because I'd be seeing Erik Qualman speak about social media—Erik wrote Socialnomics and is a great speaker. I … Continue reading 8 networking tips for introverts

Small talk and 5 other traits introverts must improve upon

When my colleagues are chatting away during lunch, I like to join their conversation which is usually about current affairs, television shows, or other topics extraverts seem to enjoy and master with ease. I do my best to break into their banter, picking the right opportunity to voice my views. But at times choosing my words seems … Continue reading Small talk and 5 other traits introverts must improve upon

“Hey, listen up” revisited. 4 thoughts on listening

I wrote this blog more than a year ago, but I continue to encounter people who haven't mastered the art of listening. These people would prefer to talk over actively listening. The short anecdote below illustrates what I mean. I recall a time when my father was shopping for a car. In his mind he … Continue reading “Hey, listen up” revisited. 4 thoughts on listening

5 ways more business advice sounds like job search advice

I love reading articles on how to succeed in business because they speak to how to succeed at the job search. I can relate almost everything to the job search, but business is by far the easiest way for me to see a connection, as evident by an article written by Richard Branson, founder of … Continue reading 5 ways more business advice sounds like job search advice

A story of paying it forward

Recently I stood in the cold, relentless air in front of Market Basket in Lowell ringing bells for the Salvation Army. It was a great feeling seeing customers, who probably didn't have a lot of money to spend, stuffing a dollar or whatever change they could manage into the slot atop the red bucket. All the while my … Continue reading A story of paying it forward