Archives for May 2012

Don’t End Up Eating Your Own Words

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A Twitter post from Lady Gaga about her diet and exercise regime has sparked a backlash from fans and eating disorder campaign groups.

In a tweet to her nearly 23 million followers the singer wrote: ‘Just killed back to back spin classes. Eating a salad dreaming of a cheeseburger #PopSingersDontEat #IWasBornThisWay’

With social media at our fingertips, anything can go viral before you can even tweet “sorry”. Be aware of the audience that you are reaching. It’s easy to say what’s on your mind, but if you don’t think twice before you speak, you may end up Red-Faced.

(Photo from Twitter)

One of the C’s of Communication: Charisma!

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In Forbes magazine last week, our East Coast colleague, Joyce Newman of the NewmanGroup was quoted on how to be charismatic. She would know.

Everyone can be charismatic. We are not born charismatic – we cultivate it in many ways. One way is by observing and learning from people whom you think are charismatic. You don’t need to copy them, but learn their secrets, try them on and fine-tune them until they fit you. It’s a trial and error process. Bad news is that once you have your charismatic status, you can lose it. Just look at Mel Gibson and Lindsay Lohan. But here’s the good news – if you lose it, with self awareness and effort, you can regain your charismatic ranking.

Here is Michelle Obama, dancing with the president at the Obama Home States Inaugural Gala, radiating her charisma. You go girl!

(Photo credit: Flickr)

You Can’t Muzzle the Media

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Even in countries where the 1st Amendment, Freedom of Speech, is not in play; the media reigns. Reporters won’t be ignored. So you must choose to work with them in balancing the story with your side, too. Or, try to control them at your peril. Case in point. According to a recent Australian Financial Review afr.com, Australian billionaire Solomon Lew tried to keep the tale of his children’s lawsuit for their inheritance out of the press who reported him as a “greedy ogre.” He appealed to the judge who told him, referring to the media coverage, “the horse has already bolted.”

Then the judge ruled that Mr. Lew should pay the media’s court costs.