Category Archives: World Class Seinfeld

Sorry to Bother You, But…

I’m sorry to bother you, but people tell me I start conversations like this too often. It’s verbal filler that I over-rely upon. You know what I’m talking about…the “um”, “uh”, “like”, “I mean”, “basically” that people unconsciously use in public speaking and interviews. It’s a bad habit that I’m working on.

“I’m sorry, but…” didn’t start out as unconscious for me. I used it intentionally because I HATE being interrupted. Many times it’s an unwelcome distraction. In my mind, giving a pre-apology would smooth the transition. I wouldn’t come off as pushy because I showed empathy before I started. I understood I was interrupting the other person’s day, and I was trying to make it as minimally intrusive as I could. Continue reading Sorry to Bother You, But…

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The Limits of Persistence

I have a general policy to not answer my phone from numbers I don’t recognize. seinfeld telemarketerMy thoughts are if the person on the other line is calling about something important they will leave a message. Most of the calls I receive must not be important because I rarely get the voicemail notification, and even when I do get a message it’s usually the tail end of some stupid automated call. (Man those are annoying!)

So you can imagine my surprise when I heard “Yvette’s” voice on the other end of a message I received last week. Continue reading The Limits of Persistence

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Learning From Failure: Always Have a Back Up Plan

Runner BonkWhat do you do when you fail? The trite answer is to learn from your mistake and apply your lessons in the future so that it doesn’t happen again. That’s easier said than done; especially when you’re in the middle of failing.

That’s what I was thinking about two weeks ago as I was standing in a McDonald’s parking lot soaked to the bone in my own sweat and waiting for my parents to come pick me up because I was too exhausted to run any more. This was the first time I can recall ever starting a run that I could not finish myself. Continue reading Learning From Failure: Always Have a Back Up Plan

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Following Through: My Unsexy Strength

Interview QuestionI started interviewing last month. It’s why I didn’t publish a blog post for the last 2 weeks. Sorry to all 5 of you who may have noticed. Thanks for not saying anything that would make me feel guilty. Because I do feel guilty about missing blog posts. I’m committed to this blog and I take it seriously.

Getting back to interviewing, it’s not like riding a bike. It takes regular practice to be good at answering many of the questions an interviewer will throw at you. A common interview question is “What is your greatest strength?” Continue reading Following Through: My Unsexy Strength

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My Mother’s Day Lesson: How to Make a Lasting Impression

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Happy Mother’s Day!! What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of your mom?

Last year I wrote a blog post on Father’s Day about the biggest lesson I learned from my dad. It was so well received that I’m writing a book based on that lesson. Maybe I’ll have the same luck writing about my mom’s lesson to me:

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