Category Archives: Workplace Soft Skills

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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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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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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I Overheard My Coworkers Talking About Me

When you've got something confidential to say, find a private setting. If you've got something unfavorable to say about a coworker or boss, keep it to yourself.

What do you do when you overhear a conversation that involves you?
Picture it, you're walking down the hall and as you approach the conference room you overhear...
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12 Ways to Improve Your Online Engagement

Improve online engagement; how you connect, reply, and what you share can help or hinder your image and potential relationships.

When a potential employer sees the astounding number of contacts you have, they don't think, "Ooh, he's popular, let's hire him." They are looking for the bigger picture. Your online image includes...
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12 Ways to Respond to Personal Questions

Responding to personal questions requires communication and social skills.

Tell me about...I politely replied, "I'd rather not talk about that."

Okay, I agree, that was not assertive. But should a person have to be? In this case, yes.  They pressed and pressed, "Come on, you can tell us..."  Exasperated, I broke down and spilled the...

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4 Reasons to Stop Using The “f” Word At Work

4 Reasons to Stop Using the "f" word at work, at home, in public...

The "f" word has lost its impact.

Saying the "f" word used to raise eyebrows, especially if it was overheard in public. People would make conclusions about the type of person you were; shady, common, or at the very least, lacking...
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Civility, It Starts With Me

When we're so busy pointing out how everyone else needs to change, we don't see how little we've done to better the world, our community, our workplace, and our home.

Start With Yourself

When I was young and free and my imagination
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