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    Workplace Drama Structure Similar to Hollywood Drama Screenplay

    A good friend of mine and former college roommate studied film and screen writing. He’s had a number of his screen plays picked up on option by hollywood producers over the years.

    So, when I began investigating drama in the workplace I reached out to him to learn about how dramatic movies are structured. He …

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    Give Kick-Butt Public Talks—Even If You’re Terrified

    Simple tips for getting past fear, connecting with your audience, and having fun while you’re doing it.

    Whether you are a salesperson, aspiring public speaker, or college student, chances are you will have to speak in front of a group. Are you afraid of speaking in front of people? If so, you’re not alone. In …

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    Mixed Messages Cause Confusion & Drama in Many Workplaces

    “There is no confusion, I was quite clear!”

    So proclaimed my client in a conversation last summer as I was helping evaluate the under-performance of an employee recently transferred to a new role.

    My client made this claim when I brought to his attention that his employee told me he was confused by what was …

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    Open Door Policies Don’t Work

    In interviewing a client at the end of our project I learned how ineffective “open door policies” are by organizational leaders.

    My client said, “Before we started our work together I couldn’t understand why employees who knew I had an open door policy, didn’t come to me when they knew another employee was doing things …

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    Why Every Professional Should Have a Personal Marketing Plan

    Successful business owners leverage marketing plans to gain clarity on market conditions, their brand positioning, and to create sound marketing strategy. The end results of a solid marketing plan are clear-cut goals with date-specific action items.

    As we observe the shrinking U.S.workforce and greater job competition, savvy career professionals should invest time in creating personal …

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    Improving Workplace Communication is Not What You Want

    Upon finishing a recent client project we had a nice discussion to close out our work.

    I used it as an opportunity to learn my client’s feelings regarding the results we achieved.

    We discussed the problems he and his company were facing that motivated him to bring me in.

    He said one word, “communication.”

    Then, …

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    “AGB” Will Ensure Your Company is Always Getting Better?

    While on vacation at a resort last week we noticed a unique looking individual having unfettered access to the dining room and the kitchen areas.

    We commented that he looked like he was doing official duties, but that his dress and grooming was anything but official-looking.

    A couple of days later on a snorkeling excursion …

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    Want to Work from Home?

    Are you tired of waking up and driving to the office every day? Do you want to have a better work-life balance? Do you want to spend more time with your family? Then, working from home might be a good career choice for you. Holding a job where you can work from home is still …

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    The Right Questions to Ensure “Training” Gets An ROI

    Last summer I received this email inquiry:

    Hi Skip –

    My boss would like to train our entire IT department (36 people) on Communication.

    We are trying to improve the way we manage projects and we are finding that communication is our biggest weakness.  

    We would like to have training that would focus on the …

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    How Solo-Entrepeneurs Can Take Guilt Free Vacations

    You are reading this while I am with my wife on a beach in Belize.

    It’s our first vacation (or “holiday” as the Europeans call it) of 2014.

    As a solo entrepreneur vacations stress me out.

    If I’m not connecting with clients and prospects I’m losing touch with my business and may not have one …

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