Social Graces

Add a word – get a third

I have a client who is going to be a country music star. I’m working with her on interview skills so when her time comes she’ll be ready for the bright lights, big hair and big city. One day while we were working together and I looked at her CD cover. I asked her who… Read more »

Be Kind…

“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” ― Henry James

Optimism Rules…(or at least it should)

I thank the editors of Reasons for Optimism  www.reasonsforoptimism.com  for their wonderful little corner they’ve created on the web. And I fully agree, with their statement: “It’s easy to forget that in today’s not-so-optimistic world real progress continues, beauty appears, brave new worlds are explored, and creativity flows. We keep seeing–and occasionally finding–our best selves. There are,… Read more »

Why You Gotta Be So Mean?

“Get your big fat ass in here” those are the words a client of mine recently heard from her grandmother. I can only assume the grandmother didn’t measure the damage of her words. I’m sure grandma thought she was being funny. She wasn’t. Weeks later my client can repeat that stinging phrase that hurt to the… Read more »

The Final Word for June – Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves…

When I was first elected to City Council I was sitting in my chiropractor office waiting to be seen and noticed the TV was on in the lobby tuned to the City of Greenville TV channel. Within a few minutes Council members photos were rotated on the screen. I was puffing up with pride when… Read more »

The Final Word for May – “He Sounds Stupid…”

I have a dear friend who is a smart, bright, well-educated guy and many years ago he was considering running for public office. As he was making the rounds to the different events to judge his “electability” he often spoke about the need for change in our government tax structure. One day, while with my friend at… Read more »

What Really Chips Me Off (in case your wondering)

I work with a number of important people – people who have people waiting for them…but nothing chips me off more than when a speaker makes a plane or limo reservation minutes after a presentation is done so they don’t have to take Q&A. If you haven’t prepared your presentation to answer all the questions… Read more »