Category Archives: Relationships

7 Ways to Politely Decline a Request for a Recommendation

When you provide a professional recommendation or testimonial, your name and reputation is attached.

Do you cringe when someone asks you for a testimonial or recommendation?  Do you often get asked by people you've just met because of your position or name recognition? Anonymously filling out a, "Rate my presentation" questionnaire is one thing, but when someone asks you...
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7 Networking Tips and Techniques

Attitude and techniques can help you hate networking a little less. 

Is networking necessary? Not if you are content in your job and never plan on leaving the company. Let's hope the company is willing to along with your plan. Networking can seem dull, a waste of time, and fruitless; except for the freebies that...
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Wedding Day Tip Guide

Wedding Day Tip Guide

5 Wedding Day Tips

Today, weddings are different than say 25 years ago.  It seems that the focus is more on the anticipation of the 'partay' than the ceremony.  The atmosphere seems to be less sacramental. Still, there are time-honored traditions and behavior that is expected at weddings. Traditions like:
  • arriving on time.
  • ...
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Getting Offended Easily

"I'm offended!" How exhausting.  

We can find something that offends us just by stepping outside our home. Or, if you hang out with someone long enough, they will say or do something that offends you.   Nonetheless, to some people, a difference of opinion is a good enough reason to feel...
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National Honesty Day

April 30 is National Honesty Day.

In some cases being honest is not easy or the wisest thing to do, especially in the workplace. Picture this: Only yesterday, your boss was a brunette with a mainstream hair style, but this morning he walks into the office beaming with delight and confidence showcasing his new cut...
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Splitting the Check Without Ruining the Evening

The process of splitting the check can ruin the most pleasant dinner. 

Dining out with friends can quickly turn disagreeable, when the check is presented. And, depending on how everyone handles this all too frequent occurrence, relationships and stomachs can turn sour. Q: If I only order a salad and soft drink, why am I expected...
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When They Come Home From College for the First Time

Returning home from college can be a difficult adjustment for both student and parent, especially when it's the first time back home.

He's coming home from college for the first time! His favorite cookies are baked, his favorite yogurt is neatly stacked in the refrigerator, his bed is freshly made, and all...
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Comparing Your Child to Others

When your coworker compares her child to yours, can it be considered borderline bullying?

Q:  I have a coworker who is always finding ways to compare her child to mine. We both have boys that are about one year apart. She inquires about his height, whether he knows how to (insert her child's latest...
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8 Drama Free Responses to 8 Common Workplace Situations

Awkward business-related situations cannot be avoided. How you respond will either bring on the drama, or deflect it.

Here are 8 common workplace situations with 8 drama-free responses:  
  1. You realize that you were wrong. Apologize. (For some people, apologizing is a painful process. Remember that a genuine apology does not require a lot of...
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Who Gets the Airplane Armrest

Who gets the airplane armrest?

Is it the person in the middle seat?

There have been in-the-air battles over who gets the airplane armrest. On a recent flight I boarded last, knowing I had a reserved window seat. The woman in the middle seat had claimed and was firmly holding her position—both elbows...
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