2 Words To Delete From Your Communication

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” What a crock!  I used to hear this statement all the time when I was in elementary school.   I get the idea.  Words don’t physically cause damage.  But, words are ridiculously powerfully and always last longer than any physical damage could.…

5 Things You Can Do To Connect In Conversation

As a speaker, one of the things that makes me take a REALLY deep breath is looking out into an audience and seeing a sea of glazed eyes.  I’ve seen it before and it just makes you want to pull a quilt over your head and slither away.  At that moment, you just KNOW that…

5 Ways To Leave A Conversation

Whenever I give a talk on networking or relationship-building, one of the questions I’m inevitably asked is, “Robert, how do I get out of a conversation that I’m no longer interested in?” Now, before you get upset with the person who asked this, admit to yourself that you have either been IN this situation or…

Stop Networking & Start Building Real Relationships (Part 2 of 2)

Why is networking so hard for some and so easy for others?  In Part 1 of this series, I mentioned the first-timers and the barriers they create for themselves.  Being a “new networker” can be a pretty scary event.  There are several reasons for this: You’re intimidated by the sheer number of people in the room…

Stop Networking & Start Building Real Relationships – Part 1

[Photo credit: Dell Networking Event – NYC] I walked into the event and there he was, there she was, there THEY were.  You know them.  The first-timers.  The ones who feel like they have to go to networking events in order to build their business.  But, the problem is that they are scared out of…