5 Soothing Tips for That Burning Rejection

Awkward Networker Guest Post with Dennis Sheahan Have you heard any variation of the word "no" recently?  Possibly a euphemistic alternative to protect your feelings, such as "love the presentation, but unfortunately..." or "if it were up to me, I'd say yes... but..."?  Rejection is like a curse word in 2018 - a feeling we... Continue Reading →

10 Social Skills We Learned From Our Fathers

Our fathers have significant influence on our social skills.  Every time my spoken vocabulary gets trite and lazy, I hear my dad's voice in my head saying, "Words have specific meanings, Sean.  Use them appropriately."   Every door I've held, every "please" and "thank you", every big smile and "Good morning!  How are you?" before... Continue Reading →

Practicing the Lost Art of Eye Contact

Let's face it, engaging in prolonged eye contact is awkward.  It's especially awkward while focused on introducing yourself properly, remembering the person's name, and presenting yourself as the witty, interesting, successful person you know you are.   Eye contact was one of my weakest attributes when I started networking.  My mentors and coaches would say, "Try... Continue Reading →

Why You Should Never Irish Exit

St. Patty’s Day Weekend! Time to dig-out those "Take me Drunk I'm Home" t-shirts, Amazon Prime a few reserve packs of shamrock face stickers, and queue-up Dropkick Murphys on your Spotify.  Because, lads and lasses, it’s time for Irish potatoes, Irish whiskey, and of course... a well-timed Irish exit. Here's a quick live look at... Continue Reading →

What’s Your Q?

Earlier this week I attended a National Association of Corporate Directors breakfast.  I arrived just before the program started, missing the networking session, and had to sit in the last seat in the back of the room for the panel discussion. Bummer. At the Q&A portion of the panel discussion, I raised my hand and... Continue Reading →

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