7 October

When colleagues want more information than you can give

When colleagues want more information than you can give

  Are you sometimes asked at work for information you’re not in a position to provide (yet)? It can be a tricky situation. On the one hand, you don’t want to come across as uncooperative or overly secretive. On the other hand, if you don’t make it very clear that the matter really isn’t up […]

3 April

Ending small talk politely

Ending small talk politely

    In the past I’ve encouraged you to take an active role in small talk and given some ideas for what to talk about. Whenever you engage in small talk there does, of course, come a moment when it has to end. If you start a phone call or meeting with a little small […]

6 March

Do I really have to go out to dinner with them?

Do I really have to go out to dinner with them?

That’s a good question. And one I’m often asked. Off the top of my head I can remember the following cases: “We’re hosting the European sales meeting this year. And, of course, we’re all supposed to be going out for dinner every evening. It’s not as if I’m really needed – the rest of the […]