Colette Carlson, M.A.

Tune up your tone

April 7, 2019 Categorized in: Tactfully Speaking

“Can I help you with that?” asks your colleague as you struggle to load an ink cartridge into the printer. If your co-worker says it in a sincere tone, you’re grateful for the offer. But that same question delivered in a sarcastic or exasperated manner leaves you feeling irritated. If you want clarity and connection, pay attention to the following four vocal components.

Showcase your talent at meetings

February 9, 2019 Categorized in: Tactfully Speaking

Some meetings provide a chance to interact and showcase your skills with higher-level staff. But it helps to be aware of the challenges you may face depending on whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert.
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.

5 strategies to reset your mindset

December 11, 2018 Categorized in: Tactfully Speaking

While you may feel like you have no control over the direction of your day, you can still create moments to pause and enjoy a mental and emotional respite from the hectic pace. Consider implementing these five tips to reset your mindset.

3 strategies to end a slump

November 9, 2018 Categorized in: Tactfully Speaking

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

Rejection: Friend or foe?

October 21, 2018 Categorized in: Tactfully Speaking

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.

Overwhelmed and over it?

September 27, 2018 Categorized in: Featured ArticleTactfully Speaking

Do you feel like you’re never going to catch up? Guess what? You’re right.

Don’t be so quick to quit

August 20, 2018 Categorized in: Tactfully Speaking

Thinking about exiting your company? Conventional wisdom holds that employees leave managers, not companies. But recent LinkedIn surveys reveal deeper truths.

Stop and launch at 80%

July 25, 2018 Categorized in: Tactfully Speaking

Everyone is expected to do more with less and the only way we’re going to survive and thrive is to stop at 80% and then move to the next task.
If you recognize yourself in any of the following scenarios, it’s time to learn to deal with others’ quirks and maximize your relationships.
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.
Burning bridges is never wise. How you behave during your final days with the company will long be remembered and reveals your character.
What message are you sending to others when you minimize your job to the point where you believe you don’t need a business card?