Tactfully Speaking

Colette Carlson is a funny, business communication expert and motivational keynote speaker who engages corporations, associations and individuals worldwide in the art of speaking your truth to maximize results, revenue and relationships. Read additional articles and learn more about her programs at http://www.ColetteCarlson.com.

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Drop the gavel–nobody likes a workplace judge

June 16, 2018
If you recognize yourself in any of the following scenarios, it’s time to learn to deal with others’ quirks and maximize your relationships.

Rising above a bad boss

April 18, 2018
Whether they’re a screamer, a blamer, a nit-picking perfectionist, an over- or under-delegator, or just a plain old bully, bad bosses are as common as the jobs they supervise. Here’s how to stay sane and get ahead.

6 communication gaffes even smart people make

March 17, 2018

Here are six common communication mistakes that people—especially professional women—make in the workplace, according to communications consultant and Business Management Daily contributor, Colette Carlson:

Office politics? You bet. And you better play to win

February 16, 2018

Office politics doesn’t have to be manipulative or sleazy. In fact, it’s one of the most direct, smart and savvy ways to make your mark with those that count. Here are three rules to win the game of office politics.

10 tips for leaving a job

January 14, 2018

Burning bridges is never wise. How you behave during your final days with the company will long be remembered and reveals your character.

Are you thinking big enough?

November 9, 2017

If you feel like you don’t have every skill set you need yet, don’t let that stop you. Too often, women feel they must have 110% proficiency before saying yes to the next opportunity, while research shows men only feel the need to be at 80%. You’re smart and can learn as you go.

The distasteful sandwich

September 19, 2017
Have you been taught to “sandwich” constructive criticism be­­tween two positive statements? I think this is a distasteful way of delivering feedback, and here’s why.

When your boss is a bully

August 8, 2017
Recent research suggests that supervisors target those who are least likely to defend themselves. This dysfunctional pattern can be shifted if you’re willing to take action.

Quit being a weak link

July 20, 2017
Networking is a skill that supports you in the good times and is key to your survival in bad times. That’s why I strongly believe LinkedIn, which bills itself as the “world’s largest professional network,” is an invaluable tool for ad­­ministrative assistants.

Know how to handle a know-it-all

June 20, 2017
In a professional setting, know-it-alls can undermine office morale, along with your credibility. That’s why you need to deal with them effectively.
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