The New Three-Martini Lunch: Walk and Talk

We’ve all heard of the power lunch, the time-honored office custom in which Important People break bread and decide Important Things. Or the company golf outing, a tradition known to bind rank-and-file employees and executives alike. But, as old-school business rituals go, neither the power lunch nor the golf outing attract the same level of…

Break This Rule: #5 – Open with Your Introduction and Close with Questions

Sound like a dreaded college lecturer? BOOKENDS will hook your audience and send them out singing! The most important moments in your presentation are the first 30 seconds and the last 30 seconds. I call them bookends. The opening hooks your audience and gets them interested, and the closing sends them out energized by your…

Do Your Teleworkers Feel Excluded? 3 Ways to Bring Remote Workers Into Your Office

One-fifth of Americans now telecommute, with the number expected to reach 60 percent in the next five years. As working from home goes mainstream, business leaders are tasked with a variety of new challenges, from ensuring workers remain productive to effectively communicating through phone conversations and email. Another issue gradually emerging is the exclusion that…

How to Overcome the Side Effect of a Work-From-Home Lifestyle

We’ve all heard the stereotypical and sometimes mistaken conceptions about remote workers: We all hang around in pajamas until noon. We wear bunny slippers with business suits for meetings. And we are all constantly struggling to balance time and attention among kids, work and that leftover lasagna in the refrigerator. As a remote worker and…