Good Manners are Under Assault


by Marsha Petrie Sue

Everyone needs to take a trip down Memory Lane and reengage with kindness, caring, and manners.  And I mean everyone.  What is happening to people? How did narcissism and being so self-centered become the mainstay of behavior?

At a concert or game? People stand up with no concern for someone sitting behind them.

At the movie? Talking as if they are in their living room has become the standard.

Driving? People texting and talking and swerving toward you nearly creating a crash.

Public places? Taking a phone call on their speaker phone so everyone can hear.

Presentation Strategies: Seven tips for presenting more confidently


by Marsha Petrie Sue

Nervous about speaking? Not sure how to come across like an expert? Use these seven tips to help you sharpen your presentation skills.


  1. Seize the Opportunity. A key building block for developing confidence as a speaker is to speak, and speak often. Seize every opportunity you can, personally and professionally, to speak in public. If someone invites you to “stand up and say a few words,” or you are asked to make a presentation, jump at the chance. Don’t wait to be asked . . . volunteer! Practice makes perfect.

How to Manage Gossip in the Workplace


by Marsha Petrie Sue

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You already know that gossip is idle talk, buzz, or chitchat, especially about the personal or private affairs of others. This chat forms one of the oldest and most common means of sharing usually unproven information, and is known to introduce errors and inaccuracies in otherwise factual information. The term also carries insinuation that the news transmitted has a personal focus, as opposed to normal conversation. The question is how do you manage gossip?

Generation Yes: How to Positively Work with Gen Y

by Marsha Petrie Sue, MBA

How to Positively Work with Gen YBusiness leaders today are often blindsided when a Gen Y worker up and leaves their employment. Often the Millennials, aka Gen Y (born 1980 – 1999 and 76 million strong), leave employers and the leadership of the company in a fog on how to hire, retain, and maximize their talents. With reducing turnover and maximizing success as a goal of every industry, Gen Y´s exit can create morale and productivity problems. For leaders, managers and supervisors, it means we may want to relook our perception, skills and actions because Millennials are looking for a ‘perfect’ boss.

In the Event of an Event: How to establish your professional identity over a meal


I’ve been in the Leadership Development business for over 25 years, after 30 years of experience in an Executive Corporate setting. For the first time, I am seeing increased requests for personal presence and etiquette training. Preparing for a business event, client meal or everyday perception is more important now than ever.  Why? It separates the promotable, trained person from the ill-mannered.  And yes, it is important. People do notice how you conduct yourself during a meal.

  • Remain standing until host/hostess sits.
  • After your host has moved his/her napkin, place your napkin in your lap.

What Were You Thinking: Inside The Adolescent Brain


A recommendation from Marsha Petrie Sue

Jarring. Interesting. Astonishing. Every adult should listen to this Podcast released December 2017. I highly recommend downloading this piece for a real time, real life account of how kids think and make decisions.  This information provides how-to steps for their teens.

Dina Temple-Raston . . .  ‘shares the stories of adolescents who made astonishing choices – from joining ISIS to planning a school shooting – that led to disastrous results.

To help understand what they were thinking, she talks with friends, family, and the teens themselves. Plus, she dives into the latest science on adolescent brains to explore innovative ways to help them choose more wisely.’

Clear Vision for 2018: 13 lucky steps to take



I am beginning the new year with new eyes – and a very clear vision, literally. Both eyes have had the cataracts removed* and I am thrilled with the results. I had no idea what I was missing. Thinking about my new vision made me focus on the clarity I would have for the new year. Was I really seeing the real world, or, as with my old eyes, was I looking at everything through a fog?

Don’t Expect Miracles: How to cope with difficult family during the Holidays


We get out the china, crystal and silver for our special holiday parties and family gathering.  How about getting out the best of you to take to the event? Put aside all the past experience that has not brought out the best in you or your family members.  You have way more control than you think:

  • Choose civility and don’t buy into someone else’s emotional drama. Step away.
  • There will be no Christmas or Holiday miracle. People don’t change. But you can.
  • When you buy into someone else’s toxic behavior, you have stooped to their level. Personally, that is not where I want to be.
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