How to Be Awesome

A few weeks ago found me lunching with a new group of women. These women were powerful. They could connect me to potential clients, potential opportunities. They were also perfectly polished. Their nails, their teeth, their hair…all perfect. They spoke in high, delightful voices. Their laughter tinkled like bells. It was like I was part of a show filled wi...
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How to Kill a Conversation

Conversations drive our lives. They mean everything. Yet we all face the temptation to do something every day - sometimes several times each day - to mess them up. I dare you to tell me the following hasn’t happened to you. You’re in the midst of a conversation and someone else is speaking and – BAM! – you are hit with a brilliant point. But the other pe...
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The Thing That Makes You Less Likeable

Recently I attended the wedding of a former colleague. It was an amazing affair, filled with premier entertainment, succulent food, lots of people in attendance I wanted to know. And one I didn’t. At least not anymore. I actually knew him already. We’d met once, several years before. But that was enough. At the time he’d just moved to San Diego, and hated...
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The Great Temptation You Must Resist

A few weeks ago I attended a business luncheon and found myself on the very long buffet line. As always, I was ravenously looking over the stations ahead, trying to figure out just what was lying in that tin tray up ahead. That was when the woman waiting in front of me caught my eye. Turns out I knew her, but barely. Amy and I met at another luncheon, jus...
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