Audacity

Audacity

My toddler and I pop over to my sister’s house to see if her cousin wants to play. He is, but he’s in a weird mood, as it goes with toddlers, and so we mope around the garden for a minute before my daughter decides to invite herself inside the house. I say to her, “Cousin doesn’t want to play today. Do you want to go home and see what daddy’s doing?”

“No!” She protests, pointing at Aunty’s house. “In?!”

So we invite ourselves in and that’s not too bad because we often visit each other, but I cringe inwardly as my daughter takes my hand and drags me to the kitchen, saying, “Bowl! Bowl!” Read more

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Who-Ate-My-Chocolate Syndrome

Who-Ate-My-Chocolate Syndrome

I packed a chocolate into my work lunch bag one recent morning. Feeling particularly naughty, I had already decided that I was going to have it for breakfast. (collective gasp of horror!)

I arrived at work, booted up my computer and went in search of a cup of coffee. I pottered back to my desk, and started wading through my emails. As I absent-mindedly opened the chocolate wrapper, an email caught my eye and, clicking on it, I found myself annoyed and indignant at its contents. Someone who just naturally rubs me up the wrong way was just doing what he does naturally – rubbing me up the wrong way !

I flew into an inner fury (inner fury, because I’m an introvert). I hit the reply button, Read more

IMPRESS: Own the boardroom with these 3 tips

IMPRESS: Own the boardroom with these 3 tips

Have you ever met someone that you just know you will always remember? Not in a stalker-ish, weird kinda way – just the kind of person that leaves an impression?

I met one on Friday. It was just a boring business meeting about insurance. And yet I am still thinking about this guy,let’s call him Ronald (because how many Ronald’s are there out there?). Read more

3 Simple Ways to Work Your Smile

3 Simple Ways to Work Your Smile

Sometimes you need to make an impression. You’d like to be remembered – and for the right reasons. Whether you’re a raging extrovert, or a blushing introvert, I can guarantee that you have one particularly potent asset at your disposal: Your smile. I have yet to meet one person whose countenance is not improved when they smile. So here’s some practical ideas to make the best of a social interaction that could lead to a richer relationship, whether personal or corporate.. Read more