Greetings and Salutations!

Have you noticed the different ways people address their emails? I have seen everything from the old-fashioned formal, “Dear Sir or Madam”, to use of the informal first name (“Hi, Bob!”), to addressing the department (“HR Department”) instead of a real person, to “Dear Customer,” to well, really nothing. The letter just begins. I know…

Motorcycling Through Life

Marie, a good friend of mine, is on a long, cross-country motorcycle trip. She is traveling alone. She is 71 years old You might think, well, she must be in fantastic shape to do this. Sort of a female Jack LaLanne – swimming and towing 70 boats with 70 people 1.5 miles across the bay…

Interview Strategies – What is Your Face Saying About You?

I was having coffee with a businessman the other day…just a standard networking situation. Pleasant enough. Until. Until I started noticing that facial twitch or grimace that he did every 5 minutes or so. It was sort of a frown, a pulling downward of the facial muscles. Rather like stretching. He turned a normal frown…

Feel the music….

I went to a Mexican restaurant last week. Complete with Mariachis! (The Mariachis were great fun.) Followed by music with a DJ. I was told to bring earplugs and glad I did. Talking with my dinner partner was pretty much out of the question. Actually, we did shout a few sentences, but I found myself…

Shark Tank!

My son, David, called me the other day to tell me that former neighbors of his were going to be on the show, “Shark Tank”. How exciting is that! The whole family, the mother, father and all 3 children, appeared on camera in front of the Sharks and all of America. How did they do?…

“Ummm…..hello…”

I was a guest speaker at Baker College last Saturday and had a great time! I was asked to speak to an English Composition class on oral presentations. No other requirements or specifications….just talk to the students about public speaking because they will have to give an oral presentation as part of their final. So,…

My Son, the Actor!

My son, Mike, is an actor in New York. I used to say, “That means, he’s a waiter.” But, no more. He now sells real estate (apartments, condos), manages a wine store (he studied for a while to be a sommelier), works the teleprompter on “The View”, and is still an actor.Everyone in NYC needs…

First Impressions

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at a meeting of the Blue Marlins, the big fish of the LBN, or Local Business Network. LBN is a business networking group that has been around for a while, but the Blue Marlins are a recent offshoot. Their focus is mainly business to business networking. The…