Colette Carlson, M.A.

Colette is a funny, business communication expert and motivational keynote speaker who engages corporations, associations and individuals worldwide in the art of speaking your truth to maximize results, revenue and relationships! As a highly sought after speaker, Colette's clients include Microsoft, New York Life, Cisco, Boeing, PepsiCo and Procter & Gamble. Her work has been featured in Success, Working Mother and Personal Development Magazines, as well as, motivational movies Pass It On and Riches: 7 Secrets of Wealth You Were Never Told. She serves as Leadership Faculty for Executive Women International and is a contributing author in two books: Conversations on Success, along with Deepak Chopra and Mark Sanborn and The Book of Riches, along with T. Harv Eker, John Demartini and Brian Tracy. Her own book, "Liar, Liar, Skirts on Fire" is due out in 2014.

Colette is someone who learned her message the hard way. She started out a big, fat liar. Literally! Only by telling the truth on herself was she able to break through her fears, lose over 50 lbs. and take healthy risks. After applying the strategies she now teaches, Colette found the courage to leave the safety net of a monthly paycheck as a top-notch administrative assistant to CEO’s and step out into the realm of a bold, commission-only sales livelihood. Working for sales legend Tom Hopkins, she quickly ascended to become the #1 sales producer. Her immediate success led to an opportunity to join sales guru Brian Tracy's international organization, and shortly thereafter she became a National Sales Trainer for US West. While raising her two daughters, Colette went back to night school to earn her master's in Human Behavior, which certainly helps now that they're in college!

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3 strategies to end a slump

It’s not uncommon for even the best admins to find themselves in one now and again. Listed below are three situations within your control that either promote or perish slumps.

Drop the gavel--nobody likes a workplace judge

If you recognize yourself in any of the following scenarios, it's time to learn to deal with others' quirks and maximize your relationships.

Rejection: Friend or foe?

Like all pain­­­­­ful experiences, rejection can either devastate you or be an opportunity for growth. Learning the five strategies to make rejection your friend can determine the difference.

3 strategies to up your empathy

Once in a while, we all need a reminder that our co-workers' behaviors are not necessarily designed just to drive us crazy.

Tame your job interview terror

While it’s completely normal to feel some level of nervousness before and during a job interview, there are several ways to ease our anguished psyches.

Rising above a bad boss

Whether they’re a screamer, a blamer, a nit-picking perfectionist, an over- or under-delegator, or just a plain old bully, bad bosses are as common as the jobs they supervise. Here's how to stay sane and get ahead.

What's the underlying message?

Written words, especially in emails or texts, often can be misleading as they are void of vocal inflection, body language and other cues. How often have you written something with a hint of sarcasm only to discover the reader took it at face value?

Focus on small wins

Sometimes, reaching distant goals can feel like an unending quest, especially if our objectives are months or years away. So how do we stay focused for the long haul?

3 tips for remaining relevant

Con­­sider these resources to refresh you on your career path.

Get down to the nitty-gritty

There’s an old adage, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Researchers, along with the popular media, have given the attribute of mental toughness the catchier label “grit.” So how do we get more of it? I’ve found three things that help to strengthen this quality.