How to Get Your Point Across

There is so much to say about effective communication, but here is one thing that has arisen afresh for me in the past couple weeks. Communication style. It matters. Quick: Which method do you prefer for important business communications? Face-to-face? Phone? Email? Text? Other? I was speaking to two engineering types this week – one […]

I’m Fed Up

  Rant warning: most of my writing is analytical, calm, cool, and collected. This post isn’t. This post is about something I don’t do very well or very often: feelings. I’m truly pissed off about some things (which also means passionate), and I have been for years. I hide it too often under dispassionate analysis. But here […]

The Joy of Networking

As a businessperson and a solopreneur, it’s very natural to approach my networking with other professionals as a strategic endeavor. Networking is truly the strategic heartbeat of my business. But then I’m reminded what a joy it is. I mean, just plain wonderful! I had a delightful coffee this week with a new friend, who was introduced […]

How Can I Help You Today?

  I sent this out to two of my e-mail newsletter lists today: The variety of requests coming in is fascinating. I think I’ll do a live update (anonymous, of course): – How can I gain respect back from some co-workers after some mess-ups, including miscommunications? (this recent post is relevant, actually: http://www.stevewoodruff.com/two-simple-ways-to-be-a-better-communicator-this-week/) – I would […]

Networking is Gold-Mining

I had such a great time this week meeting with three different people for coffee, on 3 consecutive mornings. One is an emerging musician and entrepreneur. Another is a fellow local networker with an over-full plate of responsibilities. Another is someone considering a new career direction. In each instance, besides mutually shared empathy and advice, potentially […]

Are You a Business Mayor? (not a misspelling)

I spent most of this past week in Scottsdale at a major industry conference for Life Sciences Trainers and Educators (LTEN) – much of my consulting and network-building over the last 2 decades has focused on that community. (quick hint about Arizona: when it’s over 100 degrees out, that’s probably not the time or place to […]

In Praise of…Bob Burg

I’ve been involved in social media for many years, and there are a few people who really stand out. People who create solid content; who are engaging, smart, nice; and – how else can we put it? – committed. In it for the long haul. One of those folks is Bob Burg. Author, blogger, speaker, […]

Regular People

I was at a networking event last night in downtown Nashville – part of Chris Guillebeau’s new book launch tour – and really enjoyed the time with old friends (that’ll be you, Dave Durham!) and new. Chris was talking about the quest – having the courage to take on an adventure. But one of the […]

Networking? Surrender To Serendipity (the results can be amazing)!

Serendipity. You know what it means, right? You take a vacation – let’s say an Alaskan cruise – and as you’re walking the deck one evening, lo and behold, you stumble into one of your long-lost friends from high school! Unexpected. Unplanned. What are the chances? That’s serendipity. My friend Dave Delaney underscored the importance […]

Baby, It’s Warm Inside (this network)!

  Way back in the day, when LinkedIn was pretty new and social media was beginning to emerge, I intuitively “saw” the power of digitally-fueled networks (as many of us did). But, I must confess that, on my part, a lot of this was (initially) logic-driven. Maybe a little calculated and opportunistic. The power was […]