Professional Presence in 2021

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What does having a professional presence look like in a world full of zoom calls, masks and working at home? Manal Fakhoury, Guest Writer Let’s start with presence. Presence is letting the most powerful version of yourself shine ...

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AMANDA GORMAN’S INAUGURAL POEM

2E3WH8W Washington, DC. 20th Jan, 2021.American poet Amanda Gorman reads a poem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Credit: dpa picture alliance/Alamy Live News

A Speechwriter’s Thoughts A few days after President Joseph Biden delivered his inaugural address, friends and business acquaintances asked for my opinion on the speech. Some of them were sure I would write an article about it, ...

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RE-READING FOR BALANCE

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4 Books for Promoting Well-Being The first month of the new year, January, presents a new beginning in all aspects of our lives. There are the traditional goals and resolutions: more time at the gym or start working out to lose weight, ...

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WRITING MEANINGFUL THANK YOU NOTES

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Recipients of thank you notes feel valued and appreciate that their efforts, gifts, thoughtfulness, and time is recognized. There are multiple means to send a note of thanks – email, text message, paper cards, electronic cards. I ...

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SEPTEMBER MUSINGS

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The month of September is here. Labor Day marks the last summer holiday, particularly the end of summer. And Patriot Day (9/11) serves as a remembrance of the 2001 attacks in the United States. My contemplation causes pondering on ...

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MY FIRST SPEECH – 33 YEARS AGO

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Staying home more these days due to the coronavirus has provided me with extra time to declutter the household, the office, and reminisce. While going through the old green hanging files and manila folders, I came across copies of the ...

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A Strategy For Difficult Conversations

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By Lauren Douglass, Guest Writer There is a formula to delivering difficult information so it is best received and implemented. Front Load Empathy Deliver Topic Compassionately Listen to The Response Offer Assistance To Strategize Next ...

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