Grief for the Holidays

It’s been almost six years since the death of my mother, and the holidays still haunt me. Of course, the first few years were the worst, but they continue to be difficult. From November to February I feel as though I am walking in a cloud of nostalgia, missing what used to be and criticizing what has changed now. I feel depressed, alone and anxious for the winter months to be over. Continue reading

Resources for Networking

If you are a college graduate, your alumni association can be a huge asset in gathering information. Most have networks of grads who have offered to be resources for other alumni and can offer a wealth of information on a wide variety of fields. Continue reading

Network Nation

If matter really matters less, and if we’re witnessing the death of distance, what, then, is the fate of the nation-state in the digital world? Science-fiction writers have posited worlds in which nations are replaced by corporations, in which computers take over governments, in which robots out-evolve humanity. Continue reading


Music is one of the most controversial topics in a health club: You will never be able to please everyone. For group exercise, instructors usually choose the music, and it is hoped they are picking selections that are appropriate for the type of class, and the type of participants.

Variety is key, as you don’t want to bore your members out of a class. Age-appropriate music is also important. As far as attracting and keeping participants, upbeat, motivating music can help.

Volume should also be considered. Participants should be able to hear the instructor clearly over the music. One of the most common problems in group classes is playing music too loudly.

Networking Can Help You Realize Your Dreams, Part 6

ALSO: Read Donna Fisher’s full-length interview from April 2002, No One Is Working — How Do I Network Now?

Networking Can Help You Realize Your Dreams
By Catherine Wright

People were not designed to work as islands. We work best with others on our life team. It’s through others that we see our own greatness. It’s the encouragement of others that has let me get to the blue sky when all I could see were the clouds. Continue reading

Networking Can Help You Realize Your Dreams, Part 5

Ellen Volpe, president, American Business Associates

1. This is the time of year to express gratitude. Take inventory and communicate your feelings. This does not have to be an expensive proposition. People want to feel appreciated, and it feels good to pass it along. Informal get-togethers add to the sense of community and give you an opportunity to develop more rapport. Be outgoing and interested in other people. Ask them about themselves and learn something new. This is also a great time to analyze your database. Reconnect with great customers, prospects, and referral sources with whom you may have lost touch. Spend your social capital, and it will pay you dividends. Continue reading

Networking Can Help You Realize Your Dreams, Part 4

American Public Speaking Training

1. Recognize that every holiday event is a potential networking possibility. Take advantage of every office party, neighborhood event, and extracurricular church activity to be a promoter of your business. What a great way to meet people and let them know who you are. You’ll meet new people, solidify relationships, and do something good all at the same time. Also, be careful how much you drink at Christmas parties. You never know what kind of damage you can do by acting inappropriately at an office party or other function. Continue reading