The Progression of Wordsmith Titles

Have you seen the October issue of Buffalo Spree magazine? It is full of great profiles of various types of accomplished writers throughout Western New York. Everyone has to embark on some form or level of writing at various times in their personal or professional lives, regardless of their true training or profession. What might…

The Escalation of Public Speaking Titles

So many people are fearful or nervous about public speaking, and yet so many others have experience and an ease in various speaking arrangements. It occurred to me that the progression of public speaking status titles might proceed as follows: 1. Public Address Announcer 2. Panel Moderator 3. Association Panelist 4. Subject Matter Expert Presenter…

Core Ethical Principles of Influence

Do you know the six primary principles of ethical influence as developed by Dr. Robert Cialdini, the Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Marketing at Arizona State University? Professor Cialdini’s book “Influence: Science and Practice” outlines effective ethical leadership and how to properly exercise influence in the following ways. “The ethical use of influence means being honest; maintaining…

Making the Mentorpreneurship Matter

Do you serve as a mentor in some capacity in your busy life? Do you try to give back to students and younger professionals when your schedule can accommodate such knowledge-sharing sessions? Over the last few years, I made a more proactive effort to be a mentor and contribute whenever I am available. Over the…

Are You in an Association Engagement Continuum?

Have you ever been immersed in an “Association Engagement Continuum.” Below is the escalation of involvement and roles as I see it for members of professional associations. For those who have traversed this cycle or any of its six stages, it has either been an avenue for networking, a way to enhance career development, a long-term volunteer commitment…

Judging Award Entries Has Career Benefits

Last week I served as an awards judge for the first time in more than a year. It was a great experience and only took about 90 minutes after work on the way home. Have you ever volunteered as an awards judge for one of your local professional communications, marketing or advertising,  associations? While it…