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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Overwhelmed and over it?

September 27, 2018
Do you feel like you’re never going to catch up? Guess what? You’re right.

Don’t be so quick to quit

August 20, 2018
Thinking about exiting your company? Conventional wisdom holds that employees leave managers, not companies. But recent LinkedIn surveys reveal deeper truths.

Stop and launch at 80%

July 25, 2018
Everyone is expected to do more with less and the only way we’re going to survive and thrive is to stop at 80% and then move to the next task.

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.
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