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12 Networking Tips for the Shy, Inexperienced and Reluctant

Q: I recently lost my job of seven years. Some of my friends are encouraging me to attend networking events. I’m not good with crowds and consider myself to be shy and introverted. What should I do? —Kincaid A: In my humble opinion, being an introvert or being shy is not necessarily a permanent state. Admittedly,...
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11 Ways to Become a Better Listener

More and more, listening to someone else express their thoughts or opinions seems to be turning into a chore. And it’s becoming less and less an opportunity to exchange ideas, increase understanding or even amuse ourselves. Look at social media. Many of us post and move on, not really concerned about how our comments are received....
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6 Bad Business Behaviors I Won’t Put Up With

What’s your reason for doing business with someone? Is it the timely service? Geographically convenient? Or is price at the top of your list? Well, you won’t find it at the top of mine. While budget may dictate whether I can go ahead, the decision to engage in a business relationship has already been...
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6 Ways to Be Less Rude at Work

After you’ve rolled your eyes and let out a sigh of frustration the next time a colleague does or says something rude, consider this; could it be their apathetic and arrogant attitude? Is it a generational divide?  Could it be their lack of workplace experience? Or maybe cultural differences? While these are not excuses for...
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Dealing with Quirky Communication Styles in the Workplace

Businesses often have a guide on how employees should communicate with customers. Social media etiquette often has to be followed. Grammar, punctuation, and clarity are always checked when sending a mass text message out to customers using a solution like TrueDialog. Emails need to be replied to in a timely manner. The list goes...
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How to Address Workplace Etiquette Blunders

No matter how diligent and professional we might be, there will be a moment when we say or do the wrong thing, with the wrong person. We may not even be aware of the infraction until we get the cold shoulder from the offended person. Whether or not the slight or workplace etiquette faux pas...
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10 Ways to Avoid Age Bias at Work

10 Ways to Avoid Age Bias at Work

There are lots of disputes and issues that take place in a workplace that often require hr consultants to help manage and settle. There are cases of workplace bullying, tardiness, poor metrics, etc. but one of the most ignored issues is age bias and discrimination. This...

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9 Reasons Your Employees Lack Leadership Skills

There are books, courses, certifications and coaches who "teach," encourage and even insist that everyone can be a leader. Has anyone considered that maybe not everyone wants to be one? I respectfully disagree with the notion that everyone can, or must, seek leadership roles. However, at the risk of contradicting myself, I also believe that there...
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Ghosting at Work May Come Back to Haunt You

So one day you wake up and realize that you are over it. You no longer want to be friends with someone. Or you’re just not into your girlfriend/boyfriend anymore. Or you no longer want to carpool with so-and-so. So how do you handle it? Ghost them of course. Good choice...
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Social Media Productivity Loss in the Workplace

Many employers believe that browsing on social media during work hours is distracting. It requires time to refocus and make up for loss of productivity and mood shifts. Surely you can't help but resist the urge to check your phone when you want to see if anyone commented on your new Facebook post, or check...
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