You Are What You Write is an excerpt from the book, Work Hacks: 300+ Cool Ideas to SPEED Career Success. Not long ago, I met a 15-year-old American student who couldn’t spell “Wednesday.” Literacy is important. Tweet This Elmore “Dutch” Leonard, is the author of more than three dozen books. Many of his books have been […]
Our habits make us or break us. Aristotle said, “We are what we do.” Tweet This Indeed, the things we do from the minute we wake up until the time we go to bed become our daily routines. Before you know it, those daily routines become lifetime habits. But where do habits come from? Are […]
Tips are important, especially tips for helping people. Selling is the art and science of helping folks solve problems. People say that selling is a science because it’s been thoroughly studied and we have lots of information about what works, such as the AIDA model (Awareness, Interest, Decision, Action) to pull prospects into the sales […]
They don’t teach it at colleges or universities. They don’t teach it at most companies. Few businesses purposely teach it. Most people learn to be professional by trial-and-error. Tweet This Here are some tips for being professional. The late, Joe Gilliam, one of my early mentors, said that “professionals constantly need to take in good information.” […]
I’m speaking in Jamaica and brought some reading material on the trip.
My September/October issue of AAA Living magazine features an interesting article on the dangers of “deering while driving.” It got me thinking about how humans handle problems.
Apparently, there are 1.5 million car-deer collisions annually. The magazine states that the crashes kill some 150 people. These accidents aren’t healthy for the deer, either, as hardly any of them are wearing safety belts.
Here’s a surprising driving tip
The article lists three ways to avoid an unwanted wildlife encounter:
1) Stay alert. Deer are the most active at dawn and dusk.
2) Deer travel in herds. If you see one animal, there are probably many more nearby.
The third piece of advice is rather surprising:
3) Don’t veer for deer. Experts say that swerving is much more dangerous than hitting the animal. Veering could easily introduce oncoming traffic or an unforgiving bridge abutment into the equation.
Mentors can make your life a lot easier. Mentors and teachers have traveled a little further down life’s road. They can tell you what to expect, give you ideas, and introduce you to other people who can help you. Here are 5 Cool Ideas for finding a mentor. 1. People will help if you […]
So you need to hire a keynote speaker? Your conference, trade show or corporate events are big deals. So much time, energy, and money will be spent entertaining and educating your audience. And now, your reputation is staked on the success of the keynote speaker you select, wow. Hiring the right keynote speaker is challenging […]
Our society has become more casual in the last decade, right?
The examples are numerous:
/Written and verbal language structure has been compromised. Spelling isn’t as important; auto-correct or bust! Complete sentences are a thing of the 🙂
/Formalities are mostly extraneous. Few people address others by “Mr.” or “Ms.” Information overload causes many of us to not bother responding to email. RSVP deadlines are a joke.
/Causal Friday has become Casual Every Day
But a gentleman is still a gentleman
Recently, I ran across a bit of prose that addresses a concept that should never flex and never change–the definition of a true gentleman. I’ve added some punctuation to the original text to make it more reader-friendly.