Sound Bites

Sound Bites: January ’20

January 6, 2020
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Sound Bites: December ’19

January 6, 2020
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Words, Words, Words: January ’20

January 2, 2020
Write it right, say it right, spell it right.

Sound Bites: November ’19

November 13, 2019
Rushing to a big meeting? Give yourself an extra few seconds before you burst in. By pausing outside the door, taking a few deep breaths and regaining your composure, you can make an impressive entrance. You’ll make a positive first impression, rather than shaking hands with sweaty palms and panting as you take a seat.

Sound Bites: October ’19

October 28, 2019
In an email, don’t sign off with “thanks” when your message is clear that you’re giving something to, or have done a favor for, the person (Hi Sue, Attached is the report you requested. Thanks, Joan); or even if your note is just informational (Hi Joe, I can’t make the 3pm meeting. I have a dentist apt. Thanks, Dan). You shouldn’t have to thank someone for accepting your hard work or just for reading your email. It’s a weird habit if you think about it.

Sound Bites: September ’19

September 1, 2019
3 phrases that are major ego-strokers … A strategy to quiet nonstop talkers AND encourage the quiet ones … Can you trademark a scent?

Sound Bites: August ’19

August 8, 2019
If one of your employees is recovering in the hospital, what should you, as his or her boss, do? Send flowers? Yes. Send a gift card? Yes. Send a get-well-soon card signed by you and all the patient’s co-workers? Absolutely. That would be most appropriate. Pay a visit? Only if you are close friends outside the office, and as a boss, you’re probably not. A group visit? Definitely not.  

Sound Bites: July ’19

July 8, 2019
If your company brought on an intern for the summer, give that person a nice send-off before he or she returns to classes in the fall. Throw an in-office luncheon or pizza party and give everyone a chance to thank and bid the student “good luck.” This celebratory effort pays great dividends in PR for your company when the student, who is not jaded like other departing workers, returns to school and tells friends, “What a great place to work!”

Sound Bites: February ’19

February 1, 2019
Want to get a chuckle from watching tourists being tourists? … Why do they put the red light at the top of the traffic signal?

Sound Bites: January ’19

January 1, 2019
How’s your welcome committee? … Ditch the shades … Time to bow out … Want your luggage handled more gently by the airline? … Did you know the “ribbon” sticking out of a Hershey’s Kiss has a name?