In order to engage with colleagues professionally and effectively, it’s crucial to eliminate any preoccupations with or insecurities about our own communication techniques. Having a solid handle on our social skills in the workplace assures those communications go smoothly, and that we don’t misrepresent ourselves, or worse, send off mixed signals or open up the…

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We had a sneaking suspicion that exploring improvisation would be an entertaining and laughter-filled exercise for the DRIVEN Professionals in attendance at last week’s live workshop  Using Improvisation In Business, with guest presenter and improv coach Paige Wilhide. But what we hadn’t suspected was just how powerful the lessons would be. What appeared on the…

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If you’ve ever randomly peeked at WAC’s website, chances are you came across at least a mention of our favorite woman-centric e-newsletter The Three Tomatoes. Founded by former NYC advertising specialist Cheryl Benton, The Three Tomatoes (3T) is one of our most exciting and active strategic partners! Their free newsletter (and related website) stands out…

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In any Networking 101 discussion, the topic of the Elevator Pitch inevitably comes up. Its name derives from an old-fashioned metaphor that places you on an elevator when an executive big-wig steps through the doors and shows potential interest in you. You then have the length of the elevator ride (or about 15 seconds) to…

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From that first oral book report in junior high, to those public speaking courses in college, right through to your professional PowerPoint presentations, the obvious factor that has determined the quality of your performance is practice, practice, practice! But haven’t you noticed that simply reciting a speech in your head or in a mirror doesn’t…

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In preparing for my upcoming keynote address, I soberly contemplated what insights to share with a group of impressive young women about the road ahead, their place in the world, and the challenges they would need to overcome. Given the honor and responsibility of inspiring these women, I took the opportunity to reflect on my…

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WAC’s second-ever women’s fashion event was worth every minute spent by the spirited attendees who came with curious minds and walked away with a new fashion sense….business formal and casual. Gurjot Sidhu of Gurjot New York, designer of top-quality custom workwear, presented the lesson in her Madison Avenue location’s event space. Let me just say…

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When it comes to dining, nutritionists like to point out that “you are what you eat”. While this is a fact, it’s not always evident on the surface. In the business world, it’s safe to assume that “you are what you say”, meaning, the words and phrases you speak can define you to others, as…

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It’s inevitable. No matter what career you’ve chosen, you’re going to be speaking to others, and speaking often. In order to further your career, the speech you use will need to be of similar integrity to the speech of those who can provide you with upward mobility. Now, don’t panic. This doesn’t mean you’ll need…

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Polishing our demeanor goes beyond presentation skills, communication styles and workplace EQ. Before we can perfect any of those, we first must get a grip on language….specifically the kind to stay away from. It’s not simply about avoiding F-bombs and mispronouncing the word “ask”; I’m referring to the invasion of 21st century “newspeak” that is…

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