Ask Now, Get Later

I was recently at a networking event where a woman I had just met totally blew up my spot by talking AT me for way too long. As I silently begged for the floor to open up and swallow her alive, my left arm began to quiver from the weight of the mouthwatering raviolis that I was eager to devour. That’s when I knew it was time to shut homegirl down.

As funny (and straight up crazy) as this scenario sounds, so many of us get wrapped up in “selling” our story to others every chance we get. This approach to building business connections and opportunities is way too hard and ineffective. There is definitely a better way...

Should you say "no" to that speaking opportunity?

“Will you be a speaker at our upcoming conference? We can’t afford to pay you, but you’ll have TONS of exposure! Whatcha think?”

As an entrepreneur, how many times have you heard this line? It never gets old for me. And, I am always honored whenever I receive an invitation. Still, to stay competitive and business-growth focused, it’s critical to know when to say “No, thanks”. Otherwise, we risk wasting a lot of time and a lot of effort.

LOL...3 Ways to Get Over Your Nervous Laughter

We can all have moments when we lean on laughter or humor to get us through a nervous conversation. Just remember this, that nervous laughter isn’t fooling anyone. Others can clearly see through it for what it is, and it will always make them feel uncomfortable. No one appreciates repeated laughs or giggles used to conceal nerves, or humor used in a way that is passive aggressive.

Here’s how to get over that nervous laugh...

Getting through it: 3 ways to manage your emotions on-camera or on-stage

My friend cried on the phone with me as he rehearsed his remarks that he was going to deliver at his father’s funeral later that week. His heart was broken and his words stumbled and eeked out from behind a growing lump in his throat. His pain was so palpable, I wanted to reach through the phone to wipe away the tears welling up in his eyes.

“How am I going to do this,” he asked. “I don’t want to turn into a blubbering mess up there, Andrea. But, I owe at least this much to my father.”

“Don’t go up there alone,” I replied...