Category Archives: Life Skills

Craft Your Elevator Pitch

What do you say when you have just 30 seconds to make a lasting impression? Don’t get caught tongue-tied. Be brief, specific, and memorable. Craft an elevator pitch with these tips from Ching Valdezco:

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3 Ways The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Uses Mindfulness To Be At The Top Of Their Game

Addressing Mental Well-Being “Head First” MLS partners with Headspace, a leading meditation,concentration and stress-management app. Most of us feel that competition in our industry is fierce. We’re always on. If we blink, we risk losing territory or a chance to … Continue reading

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Crafting An Interesting Story From A Boring Game

Good morning! Did you watch the Super Bowl Sunday night? While the pundits predicted it would be a close game, they didn’t predict a defensive struggle between two high-powered offenses. Translation? The game was “meh” – the lowest scoring Super … Continue reading

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Take Your Storytelling Game From Good To Great: Lessons From The Super Bowl

This NFL post-season is already full of stories – just look at the two overtime victories in the conference finals leading up to the Super Bowl. Exultant victors! Crushed losers!! Unfair calls!!! That’s why people tune in – the sriracha … Continue reading

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Take The Dumpling

I was sitting next to Manohar, aka Manny, best man from my wedding at a dinner recently. Earlier he toasted my husband for his “great choice in restaurants.” Feeling underappreciated, I quipped, “I chose the restaurant.” And then I immediately … Continue reading

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5 Keys To Build Trust

Someone recently asked what I would consider a necessity for a module on building trust. I think about this topic a lot because there are so many things people can do to affect a positive or negative interaction with others, … Continue reading

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Melania’s Unspoken Message

You’ve probably heard about Melania Trump’s recent controversial outfit choice. She wore a green trench coat with the message, “I really don’t care, do u?” while boarding the plane to visit the detention centers that are holding immigrant children in … Continue reading

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3 Ways To Start Your Career On The Right Foot

This week, thousands of new teachers are being trained as part of their initiation into Teach for America. Thousands more are still recovering from graduation festivities with an eye on their first job looming in the coming weeks. Whether you … Continue reading

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The Wisdom Of The Aged – Conveyed Clearly And Succinctly

We all have someone whose words of wisdom stand out for us, and whose ideas we leverage at work and in our personal life. For me, it was my maternal grandfather, DeWitt Calamari, who passed away many years ago after … Continue reading

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6 Ways To Communicate Confidence As You Enter The Workforce

You’ve graduated and are about to become part of the working world. Congratulations, and welcome. As a parent of three college graduates and one college senior, I assure you, one of the most fulfilling questions a parent asks his or … Continue reading

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