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The Fine Art of the Big Talk

Spur of the Moment Speech? Here's Help.

Debra Fine | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
Debra Fine

If you have an engagement coming up and you are nervous about it (and you probably are because everybody is), there are ways to ease the anxiety. Preparing, practicing, exercising, breathing, medication and even donning a pair of lucky socks can help. But what if you are under a surprise attack?

What to Say When You Don't Know What to Say

Debra Fine | Posted 04.21.2015 | Business
Debra Fine

Stepping into the puddle means offering our "heartfelt presence, caring concern and participation" when others need it most. And even when they don't.

Lose Five Pounds in Less Than a Minute With This Simple Trick

Debra Fine | Posted 03.09.2015 | Technology
Debra Fine

By ridding ourselves of the laptop, and smartphone, and e-reader, and tablet, and ear buds, and Go Pro camera, and selfie stick and charger (and backup charger and solar charger) and whatever else may qualify we can experience instant weight loss. Like magic. Try it: Toss all your devices and get on the scale.

Three Simple Ways to Prepare Your Child For the Complications of Life

Debra Fine | Posted 10.26.2014 | Business
Debra Fine

Allowing children to hone the skills needed to become productive members of society may cause a few bumps in the road now, but by doing so, they will be able to successfully navigate the twists and turns of the future so they, too, can enjoy the ride.

Teaching Teens the Fine Art of Making a Meaningful Impression

Debra Fine | Posted 08.12.2014 | Business
Debra Fine

We teach our children so many things over the years: how to hold a cup, tie a shoe, ride a bike or share a toy are all building blocks to the future. Learning tasks at an early age prepares children for the big, bright future, right?

How to Correct Someone When They Call You the Wrong Name

Debra Fine | Posted 06.03.2014 | Good News
Debra Fine

She sees me and says Jen! Love those shoes! Come on over here and let me see them! But my name is Nicole. I never corrected her -- for two years!

5 Tips On How To Deliver Bad News

Debra Fine | Posted 04.28.2014 | Business
Debra Fine

Being the bearer of bad news falls in the category of 'things I'd rather not do' -- along with cleaning bathrooms, fighting off a bear, or installing new software. In all these cases, it's best to be smart about it. And quick. Especially in the case of the bathroom. And the bear.

How to Small Talk Internationally

Debra Fine | Posted 02.03.2014 | Business
Debra Fine

I travel a lot for work and pleasure. Striking up a conversation has allowed me new experiences and lasting memories.

Ten Tips to Stop the Trauma of Stage Fright

Debra Fine | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Debra Fine

I am not going to suggest you picture your audience sitting in their underwear. You are already nervous, and far be it from me to make you physically ill while picturing a bunch of folks lounging in their skivvies. Like life isn't scary enough.