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The Fine Art of Small Talk

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?

Beyond Texting: Face-to-Face Communication for Teens

Debra Fine | Posted 05.27.2014 | Technology
Debra Fine

Social media may be killing all of of our social skills.

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 Be a Good Loser in Three Not-So-Painful Steps

Debra Fine | Posted 04.14.2014 | Business
Debra Fine

You are free to go home and eat half a sheet cake, or rip out that ugly fireplace or make fun of Joe Namath's coat, but in the meantime, you get to take this opportunity to congratulate someone else for his or her good fortune.

Dear Debra, How Should I Answer Inappropriate Money Questions?

Debra Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Debra Fine

Why do so many people want others to show them the money? Why don't others understand that money doesn't grow on trees? Why are there so many tempting money-themed clichés out there (that I clearly can't help but use in this post)?

Is It Okay to Boo?

Debra Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Debra Fine

I am a fan of the Halloween kind of boo -- and the candy that goes along with it. But I'd like to banish the boo that happens during the other 51 weeks out of the year. So, if you are not a fan of booing, what do you do when faced with the boo?