Start Doing This To Increase Your Confidence And Opportunities

Confident people do a lot of things well, and they make everything look so easy and natural. As a result, we see them make great connections, land opportunities, and success appears to just fall in their lap without any effort. But behind the scenes, confident people are doing something to create opportunities. And once you [...]

Avoid Asking This Opener Question When First Meeting Someone

There is a popular opener question that many people ask to start a conversation when meeting someone the first time. We have all been asked this question at business networking events, professional conferences, and even social encounters. Sometimes it lands successfully and robust dialogue ensues as a result. However, many times it can backfire or [...]

Three Reasons Why Introverts Are Quiet And How You Can Respond

Have you ever wondered why introverts are quiet? They can be misunderstood as being unfriendly, disengaged, or uncomfortable. As an introvert, I know all too well that my quiet nature is commonly misunderstood, and ironically, even I sometimes misunderstand other introverts' silence. Anyone can be quiet for a variety of reasons, but there are three [...]

How To Overcome Three Awkward Social Encounters With These Introductions

No one likes awkward social encounters, but we have all experienced them. And sometimes the gesture that can remedy those feelings of awkwardness is a simple introduction. Following are three common instances in which you can recover awkwardness with an introduction: "Conversation With A Stranger" Awkwardness: You have been in conversation with someone for more than a few minutes, [...]

The Nice But Self-Centered Communicator

No doubt you know people are brash and self-centered. These two negative traits combined will most likely cause you to either minimize contact with them, or begrudgingly accept these behavioral flaws and show grace--even though it is difficult. But what about the person who is nice and even selfless in their actions, but self-centered as a communicator? [...]

Are Your Facial Expressions Preventing You From Connecting?

Have people ever told you that they initially thought you were aloof or unfriendly-- and you're perplexed, not understanding why they are making these premature and false assumptions? Or have you been on the receiving end, where you have encountered someone who rarely greets you with a welcoming expression, and it can feel like that [...]