One of the pleasures of this time of year is wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas and a Holiday Season filled with Joy! My thoughts turn gratefully to you with warm appreciation.
And be sure to add some fun!
Marsha Petrie Sue
Professional Speaker and Author
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Are you wondering how to survive the stress and chaos caused by family gatherings? Many of these events are blessed with love, caring and fun while others are dreaded. Focus on what you can control – like yourself. You will never change another person so stop trying. Here is a starter list of tips to help you to survive family gatherings. I would like to hear from you on what works and even what you’ve tried that didn’t work!
- Surround yourself with upbeat people. You do create your own environment.
- Immediately address any issues. They will only get worse.
- Build relationships with everyone.
Have you found yourself in an awkward position of having to tell someone his or her bad breath or body odor is no longer acceptable? Do others complain to you but they don’t have the nerve to broach the problem directly?
Try this approach and you will be pleasantly surprised how easily the issue can be addressed. Here are four ideas on how to approach this delicate situation. Do you have something to add?
- “I have something of a personal nature to discuss with you. Is this a good time for you?”
Thank you for all your feedback on The 19 Top Mispronounced Words: Get Out Your Mental Floss. Here are additional words for your reading pleasure and from your comments.
- “You wrote this blog to make fun of me? You know I struggle with Boffet instead of buffet, OTside instead of Outside, etc.”
- FOR spoken as FUR
- GOING as GOIN’ (apply to any word ending in ‘ing’)
- YES as YEAH
- “I shall put in my two cents with regard to redundant phrases: PLEASE PEOPLE, it’s REVERT, not ‘REVERT BACK.’ And also, it’s not “LIKE I SAID” it is “AS I SAID.”
Fred Astaire drew laughs back in the Thirties with his song “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” in which the lovers can’t agree on the pronunciation of words like either, neither, and tomato. In a professional setting, it’s not so funny when people mispronounce words. This becomes a communication distraction and your message will not be heard.
Anyway: Not anyways. The problem with this word is not so much pronunciation as the addition of an unnecessary sound.
Both: Not Bof. Enunciate the th sound as in birthday.
Cache: Pronounced the same way as cash, and it means a group of items hidden in a secret storage place.
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If you are really serious about taking control of your job as a knowledge worker and making more money, you have to take 100 percent responsibility for everything you do. And the first step is turning yourself and your job into a controllable business factor. You must dump any thinking about what others “owe” you. You are completely in charge of your success. However, there aren’t many people in the professional world who are operating under this belief system.
The following are excuses that I hear employed spoiled brats use—and some of my considerations:
Do you have a situation, either personal or professional, that needs to improve? If so, why don’t you? If you don’t, you must have already been blessed with Sainthood! We all face situations that linger and typically the reason is our level of discomfort in stepping up and resolving it.
- Figure out what part of the problem you own. Something as small as not asking enough questions to get to the real issue and then trying to solve the wrong problem. By the way, this is often the case!
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