I just received an e-blast from a major New York steakhouse with the subject line, “Need a drink?” Um, it’s 10:00 a.m., so the answer to that questions is “no.” Obviously the steakhouse is advertising a new cocktail promotion but at this hour of the morning, people are still on their first or second cup … More Timing is Everything
Today I am blah-gging. Not blogging. Blah-gging. I, along with many it seems, have the Monday blahs. It’s been chilly and rainy all day, after a weekend that saw 60 mph wind gusts, thunderstorms, even snow in some places. Opening Day at Yankee Stadium? Ain’t happening today. Happy Spring… Okay. Enough venting. So what to … More Getting Motivated on a Soggy Monday
An image of women taking a selfie in front of the tragic East Village explosion has sparked outrage – and rightfully so. It’s just wrong and in the poorest taste possible. Unfortunately, instant clicks of a smartphone photo and vanity often lead to poor judgement. People become enthralled with being part of the action and … More Know Your Selfie Etiquette
Remember when business professionals always carried a card on them? “Here’s my card,” was an undeniable part of business speak, especially when wheeling and dealing. Now, you don’t see that as much anymore. You’re referred to people’s LinkedIn profiles or Facebook pages or Twitter handles. One quick search on all these sites and you’re able … More Long live the business card
An email. A phone call. A meeting. If you’re communicating to employees, all of the above work well but you have to know when to use them. I like email for prodding. If you’re inquiring about the status of a project or to set up a meeting, email is ideal. No need to bother someone … More Vary your channels for optimal communication in the workplace
The other night, while I was having dinner with my friend, there were two young women seated next to us. As my friend and I were enjoying a nice meal and stimulating dinner conversation, we noticed our “neighbors” weren’t saying a word to each other. Why, you ask? They were texting! No, they weren’t texting … More Look Me in the Eye – or Can You?
In corporate communications, storytelling has long been recognized as a successful tool to communicate important messaging. It’s easier to reach employees with engaging content that pertains to them. People want to read about people – the faces behind the words. Of course, the power of storytelling extends beyond the workplace. We might enjoy a good … More Everyone Loves A Good Story
Remember when we used to wait by the phone to ring or when we checked our answering machines when we got home, in anticipation of a special phone call? We relished the communication and our hearts skipped a beat when we heard the person’s voice. Now, it’s Facebook. Or Twitter. We get a ping. Or … More Has technology made us lazier communicators?