1-Minute Strategy

Are you sure that thought can't wait?

One of the most subtle ways to undermine your own credibility is to be an interrupter. At a meeting or presentation, make sure a clarification is something you truly require in order to keep from getting hopelessly lost, and refrain from offering ane...

Thanks for sharing, but not really

It's another groggy Monday morning and the coffee's barely started brewing in the kitchen. When you first come across a co-worker who you know well, what do you say right after "Hello"? Immediately springing into anecdotes of your weekend struggles a...

See? Slouching can be a good thing!

Got a stressful phone call to make, maybe one to a new vendor or client? Try making your sitting position as casual and cozy as possible, almost as if you're chatting with a friend on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Putting your body into a state of maximum...

Pass every book check

The question always seems to come up, whether it's at a party, a job interview, or just chatting with co-workers: "Read any good books lately?" More and more of us are having trouble answering this question, but if you want to appear credible and int...

Wheezing and sneezing? Silence is still golden

If you absolutely must show up at work suffering from what's going around these days, remember the etiquette of being sick in the office, which includes this: Don't talk about being sick in the office. Volunteering information about your condition&md...

Judged at a meeting, and you've only just arrived!

What you bring to a meeting indirectly telegraphs your status to the people sitting around you. Arriving with a legal pad is fine, but it says you're mostly there just to write down others' ideas—you're a follower. Arriving with nothing at all ...

Keyboard down!

Did you just spill soda or coffee on your keyboard? Running a paper towel frantically over the keys right away makes it feel like you're doing something constructive, but the best maneuver is to quickly flip it over and just let the liquid drain. If ...

Ditch the quotation marks to avoid being tragically unhip

Bracketing slang or a supposedly humorous aside with quotation marks often tells the reader, "I have it on good authority that the cool kids these days use this kind of lingo, but I wouldn’t want you to think I would ever compromise my dignity ...

Don't fall for the calendar's crafty trap

2015 is just around the corner, and you know what that means—a regrettable moment or two in January when you leave '2014' on a report, a form, a newsletter ... Let's face it, only the superhuman can avoid making this most common of mistakes. It...

Sarcasm's a slow killer

Laughter and good humor are terrific for morale, but there are ways to make people laugh at work that aren't helpful. Cynicism never gives others any kind of boost; instead it gradually dampens spirits and makes people less likely to confide in y...