At a recent networking event, I walked up to woman who, like me, was trying to balance a plastic tumbler of wine, a plate of cheese, and a handful of business cards. We laughed at our shared predicament, put down our plates and introduced ourselves.
Anyone who has ever seen the movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” will remember that, while Matthew Broderick played the lead, the show was (almost) stolen by Ben Stein’s portrayal of a boring, monotonous, soul-sucking Economics teacher. He delivered his lines (“Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?”) as if he had been lobotomized,
Author and presidential speechwriter James Humes once commented, “Every time you have to speak, you are auditioning for leadership.”
Talk about pressure! Let’s face it: if every single time you get ready to share your proposal, pitch, or project with your colleagues, clients or boss you think to yourself, “This is an audition for my professional future, so don’t blow it, dammit!” you’re likely to buckle under the pressure
Goldilocks would have a field day with my 11-year-old twins. Their chairs, their beds, and their oatmeal are just right, but their communication styles can be extreme. My daughter Sophie tends to be very straightforward and direct, employing a miser’s economy of words. “How was your day?” is answered with “Fine”—full stop. If I want more, I’m going to have to work for it.