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Confident Delivery

Dear Colette, Following my most recent presentation to a client, I’ve gotten feedback from my boss that while the content is fine, my delivery could use improvement. Apparently, I don’t project enough confidence. Any advice? – It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say It Dear How You Say It, The timing of your…

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Seeking Everyone’s Input

Dear Colette, I manage a culturally diverse team, which in theory is great for bringing different viewpoints to the table. What I’m finding in practice, however, is that it can be challenging to draw out some of the softer-spoken, more introverted team members when the group meets. Certain people seem to dominate the conversation, while…

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Get Out of My Inbox

Dear Colette, This past month I participated in a well-attended, two-day seminar filled with like-minded entrepreneurs. Obviously, many of us exchanged cards. In some circumstances, it was simply to be polite and other times to support each other’s growth based on a deeper conversation. Here’s the challenge. My inbox has been deluged with email newsletters,…

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Why Do You Ask?

Dear Colette, I was recently at a networking event and had an awkward situation come up. I’m hoping you can give me some pointers to avoid this type of encounter in the future.   Here’s what happened: In the midst of a conversation with a gentleman I had just met, he asked if I knew…

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Don’t Do as He Does

Dear Colette, I was raised by parents who believed, “If you’re not five minutes early, you’re late.” This mindset has served me well and I value punctuality. However, I now work for a manager who writes up employees for being as little as three minutes late, no excuses. What makes this so frustrating is that…

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Helpful or Hurtful Advice?

We are choosing to post this classic Ask Colette again since this question (or a variation) seems to come in every holiday season. Dear Colette, Help! My annoying mother is coming to town, and I dread her visits. She’s really not that bad, but I get tired of her “helpful” advice, whether it’s a better…

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Fire My Sitter?

Dear Colette, I’ve recently started having an issue with the neighbor girl who babysits my 3- and 5-year-old kids a few times a month. The last couple of times she’s watched them, they were still up when my husband and I got home, well past their bedtime. Not only that, but my 5-year-old mentioned how…

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Politically Speaking

Dear Colette, I’ve been taught there are two things you shouldn’t talk about – politics and religion. Of course, I do discuss these topics among close friends who I know are respectful of varying viewpoints, as I am. But I don’t consider these subjects appropriate in an office setting.  Unfortunately, I have a co-worker who…

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Tagged Out

Dear Colette,     I have a friend who works for a multi-level marketing company and often posts her invitations to upcoming events directly on my Facebook page. It’s awkward because I want to support her business, but I resent having to go in and hide these invites from my timeline. What do you suggest? -Tagged…

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