5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Posting on Social Media

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Posting on Social Media

There are two truths about posting on social media: everything is public and everything is permanent. Everything.

Perhaps there was a day when you could attempt to keep your professional and social life separate, but social media changed that forever. Your online personality is being viewed—and judged—by your employers and colleagues, landlords, hiring managers, loan officials, college recruiters, people you are (or wish you were) dating, friends, and relatives. While your close friends may enjoy watching video of you downing rounds of margaritas poolside this summer, a potential employer or client may think twice about doing business with you.

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Kindness Pays: Boost Productivity Through Praise

Kindness Pays: Boost Productivity Through Praise

If you were given a choice between a 10 percent raise or a kinder boss, which would you choose? According to an NBC News State of Kindness poll, 70 percent of survey participants would forego the cash for a kinder boss.

Kindness expressed through praise and recognition binds teams together, elevates trust, diminishes stress, improves overall health, and increases productivity. Being praised triggers the release of dopamine that not only makes us feel good, but can also contribute to innovative thinking and creative problem-solving at work.

Kindness pays. A Gallup survey of more than 10,000 business units and 30 industries found that individuals who receive regular recognition and praise:Continue reading

How to Maintain Your Cool When a Conversation Gets Hot

How to Maintain Your Cool When a Conversation Gets Hot

Conversation is challenging enough at times.  When it gets heated, conversation can seem impossible. While some double-down and dig in, others back up and exit—perhaps not physically, but emotionally.  When emotionally charged, increased cortisol levels make you more reactive and sensitive, and decreased oxytocin diminishes your ability to trust others. While you may be able to control your words, your tone of voice and body language will always reveal your true feelings.

Meaningful relationships require honest, respectful conversation.  Words matter; they have the power to bind us or divide us.  So, how do you respectfully converse with someone who strongly holds an opposing belief? What can you do when disagreement arises and a conversation heats up?Continue reading

Practicing Savoir-faire in Life’s Most Memorable Moments

Practicing Savoir-faire in Life’s Most Memorable Moments

Few things can erode confidence like being invited to an event where you are clueless about what to wear or how to navigate a particular social setting. In fact, most people tend to turn down an invitation to an event that is outside of their comfort zone. Their assumption is that everyone else possesses the required savoir-faire. Nothing could be further from the truth. These skills, like any skill, are only learned through training and practice.

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When Should I Text, Post or Make a Phone Call?

When Should I Text, Post or Make a Phone Call?

We love to connect with friends and family, and technology has made that easier than ever.  In a flash, you can text someone about a silly moment you are experiencing or post on social media a photo from your day.

Technology can also be used to say things that are hurtful, mean-spirited, damage reputations and destroy friendships.  Many things are said online that would never be said if standing face-to-face. Sometimes hurtful comments are made on purpose, other times, comments are simply misunderstood. How many times has someone misunderstood you when you were sharing something in person? It happens all the time, and adding a smiley face at the end of a text does not guarantee the other person understands your comment. Communication includes not only the words you say but how you say them.Continue reading