The Challenge of Professional Writing

“Good writing is clear thinking made visible.” – Bill Wheeler

I write awesome emails. Well, at least that is the feedback that I have received. Don’t get me wrong – I have been prudently coached on how to write awesome email messages. Not to let all that coaching go to waste, I have perfected the art over the last 15 years of my professional life. Now the time has come to share the wealth. Let’s make the world better – one email message at a time.   Continue reading “The Challenge of Professional Writing”

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The Challenge of Impromptu

“You’ve got to go out on a limb sometimes because that’s where the fruit is.” – Will Rogers

I am sure you have heard that the fear of public speaking is THE number one social fear of all. But do you know what number two is? It is the fear of starting a conversation with a stranger. This means that if you are ever at a networking event where you do not know anyone, you cannot wait for someone to approach you. It is up to you to start the conversation.   Continue reading “The Challenge of Impromptu”

The Challenge of Small Talk

“It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.” – Mark Twain

I am sure you have heard that the fear of public speaking is THE number one social fear of all. Can you guess what number two is? It is the fear of starting a conversation with a stranger. This means that if you are ever at an event where you do not know anyone, you cannot wait for someone to approach you. It is up to you to start the conversation and, most likely, to keep it going.  Continue reading “The Challenge of Small Talk”

The Challenge of Motivation

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

Although I am usually not the one needing a kick in the pants, I have had to renew my library book on emotional intelligence three times. Something kept getting in the way of my reading it – sometimes it’s work stuff, sometimes it’s my ERG-related tasks, sometimes it’s Sudoku, sometimes it’s AGT, sometimes it’s shopping. Whatever it was – there was never a good time to read the book.

Since secretly we all love a sense of accomplishment, I have set out on a quest to find motivation. Continue reading “The Challenge of Motivation”

The Challenge of Style

“You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure.” – Zig Ziglar

I have been meaning to write about my fashion obsession for quite awhile. No better time than now, right? Plus, I have recently learned from my interesting new boss that the wisdom of office politics is to position yourself as someone who belongs in the circle you aim to get into. Continue reading “The Challenge of Style”

The Illusion of Inclusion

“The first step toward change is awareness. The second is acceptance.” – Nathaniel Branden

This TED Talk by Tanvi Gautam is a great example of how societal norms distort the definition of inclusion for all of us. Conforming to the norm does not make one feel accepted. Asking everyone else conform to your norm makes everyone feel uncomfortable. Is there a synergy that is possible when we strive to find a middle ground between the two extremes?

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The Challenge of Inclusion

“When you judge others, you do not define them; you define yourself.” – Earl Nightingale

Over the months of my involvement with the Women’s Inclusion Network (WIN), I have discovered that I have a true passion for inclusion. I will never claim to be an expert on “all things inclusion”, but it deeply resonates with me, because life has taught me what it is like to be different, to not belong, to be explicitly excluded. Thus, I genuinely believe in the concept, and I would like to promote it within my organization as well as in my personal life. Continue reading “The Challenge of Inclusion”