Managing Anxiety

12 Things you can do about your inbox right now

One of my LinkedIn connections, George Costello, a very talented guy who owns Costello Creative Group, put out this query last week: “Tomorrow our studio is closed for a personal development day. One thing on my radar personally is to learn more effective ways to deal with email as it’s the biggest time suck of my day.” I found myself sharing so many tips with him that LinkedIn limited the number of characters I could include in my reply! Which [...]

Virtual Presence Tip in honor of President’s Day

If you have a team of people reporting up to you, and your office is closed today (because of President’s Day) please don’t send them any email.   I know, I know, you are probably using the day to catch up on things. That’s great. Save all those emails in your draft folder and press ‘send’ tomorrow morning.   If you email folks on their day off you are undermining their ability to recharge and signaling that they need to [...]

10 Ways to say NO to Perfectionism this January

My final speaking gig last year was at the annual conference of Women in Communications and Energy. They had a great lunch activity. Sit with someone you don’t know and share the best advise you’ve ever received. Afterward a few people volunteered to share something they heard during the meal that was meaningful for them. This one stuck with me all through the holidays: My lunch partner told me about her Grandma Rose. Grandma Rose had 8 kids and always [...]

Become A More Effective Leader In Just 10 Minutes a Day

One of the great joys of my job is the opportunity to reconnect with participants after a program and do follow-up coaching. I always begin these sessions by asking: “What can I help you with?” Last week a leader told me that she needed to get better at having hard conversations with her employees. “I try to be direct and honest with them, but somehow the conversations always go sour.” She went on to recount the most recent dialogue that [...]

Want to be more confident? Stop doing these 7 things.

Thrilled that one of my clients thought to credit me with helping her build confidence at work. Kerri Palmer is Senior Vice President, Risk Management, and head of the Mid-Atlantic Women’s Network at Capital One. She was recently asked to be a guest blogger for Forbes / Entrepreneur. Her article: Want To Be More Confident? Stop Doing These 7 Things shares some wonderful insights. Have a read.    Share this today! Share List SGMB_URL = "http://carollempert.com/wp-content/plugins/social-media-builder/"; jQuery(".dropdownWrapper").hide(); SGMB_GOOGLE_ACOUNT = ""; [...]

Coping with Stage Fright

Last week I shared a post on the fact that Even Starts Get Stage Fright. Afterward I received dozens of requests for more tips on handling presentation nerves. Plus, a few folks sent me tricks of their own. It’s a rich topic, so here we go: Smile! Smiling is a simple, but powerful way to manage nerves, reduce stress, and look more confident. Wonderfully, research from Penn State University found a forced smile is equally as effective as a natural one! [...]

Even Stars Get Stage Fright

My husband has discovered Pandora, an online streaming radio station. Being the curious sort, he wondered if he could use the app to build a stand-up comedy station instead of just a traditional music station and it turns out—you can. Every night for about 30 minutes before we go to bed we listen to the greats; Eddie Izzard, Alonzo Bodden and of course, Jerry Seinfeld. Last night I found myself actually LOLing at one of Jerry Seinfeld’s early jokes: According [...]