Find an Extra Sixty Minutes a Day: Schedule Meetings Quickly and Efficiently

Scheduling meetings with a number of participants can be maddening. Someone proposes several dates and participants chime in as the email correspondence multiplies with “reply all.” Emails cross, people change their availability, and it turns into a logistical nightmare for the hapless organizer. Continue reading “Find an Extra Sixty Minutes a Day: Schedule Meetings Quickly and Efficiently”…

Wu Wei

I fell in love with the Chinese term “Wu Wei” (pronounced “ooh way”) the moment I heard its meaning: “effortless action.” It’s exactly what’s needed for success in networking and interviewing, indeed, for your whole career. Continue reading “Wu Wei”…

Own the Question

I believe that every good interview has a theme, and the candidate should think carefully about what his theme will be. Continue reading “Own the Question”…

Why Everyone Hates Conference Calls

Conference calls are notorious for combining all the worst traits of meetings with the worst traits of slackers. Continue reading “Why Everyone Hates Conference Calls”…

Speaking the Same Language, but Not Communicating

Americans, British, Germans, Israelis, and people from colder weather places like Scandinavia and Russia tend to be low context communicators. They also tend to value being on time and efficiency in meetings and business communications. High context cultures include Asian countries, Middle Eastern cultures, African, Polynesian and warmer countries anywhere. In these cultures, people understand much more than they say; body language, gestures and the speakers' rank in relation to one another all provide a hidden context that may be a complete mystery to a foreigner. Continue reading “Speaking the Same Language, but Not Communicating”…

An Etiquette Quiz: Couth or Dare

My recent post on etiquette based on Laura Mathewson's book Bottom Line: Manners Matter gave tips on how to make a great, mannerly impression. How much did you learn? Take the quiz and find out. Continue reading “An Etiquette Quiz: Couth or Dare”…