The Sound of Silence

Posted by Kathi Guiney on September 28, 2017, YES! in the News | No Comments

September 2017’s Orange County Business Journal features the latest YES! article, which discusses the role of earbuds in the office.


You’re seeing them more lately, especially in your millennial coworkers: earbuds. Maybe you wear them yourself! In one ear or two, whether “in the zone” or “needing some space,” earbuds send the same message: Off limits. Do not disturb. Thanks, but no thanks. Do the benefits of earbuds outweigh their potentially career-damaging consequences?

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Beat June Gloom–Stay Home!

Posted by Kathi Guiney on June 21, 2017, YES! in the News | No Comments

June 2017’s Orange County Business Journal features the latest YES! article, which offers tips for beating work’s  pre–summer vacation grays.


June Gloom is more than cloudy skies. It’s that feeling you get when the kids are out of school but you’re still working, the surf is up but you’re stuck in the office, and that sassy summer outfit beckons but it still has its tags on. Yup, it’s the pre–summer vacation grays. The good news is, you can get away without scheduling a grandiose getaway. How?

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The Name Game

Posted by Kathi Guiney on March 7, 2017, YES! in the News | No Comments

March 2017’s Orange County Business Journal features the latest YES! article, which offers tips for gracefully getting past forgetting a name.


How many times have you been in that awkward situation of trying to entice a person to say their own name so you can introduce them to someone else? You could try the classic, “Hey there! I would like you to meet our new engineer: Bob,” hoping that social convention will take over and the nameless person will say, “Hi Bob, I’m Kyle.” But let’s face it, that is not a solid strategy. And news flash—it’s a direct giveaway that you have forgotten a name.

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The Battle for the Iron Throne . . . Coming to a Cubicle Near You!

Posted by Kathi Guiney on December 6, 2016, YES! in the News | No Comments

December 2016’s Orange County Business Journal features the latest YES! article, which compares office politics to Game of Thrones.


Cersei Lannister said it best: “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.” It may often feel much the same at work.  Whether you want to play or not, it’s called office politics.  Some days are filled with conflict, alliances and intrigue: all in the row of cubicles you call work home.  So how can you play without losing your head  . . . so to speak?

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Talking Politics at Work . . . and Then the Fight Broke Out

Posted by Kathi Guiney on September 30, 2016, YES! in the News | No Comments

September 2016’s Orange County Business Journal features the latest YES! article, which tells how to “safely” navigate the battlefield of national politics at work.


This supercharged election year, political bombs are blasting all around us: at home, online, and in the office. But talking politics in the office is like calling someone’s pet ugly—it goes nowhere good! And when emotions run high, it’s easy to land on the battlefield (or start a melee!) even when you don’t mean to. So how can you avoid the artillery?

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Six-Time Rewind: Voicemail That Enhances Professionalism

Posted by Kathi Guiney on June 22, 2016, YES! in the News | No Comments

The June 14, 2016 issue of the Orange County Business Journal features the latest YES! article, which discusses voicemail courtesies that send the right professional message.


Six times rewinding this voicemail, and you are no closer to deciphering the woman’s name. Ella, Bella, or Stella? You shouldn’t have to call back with a tentative, “Um, hi,” or the ever-popular, “Someone left me a message,” all because she can’t enunciate! And why doesn’t she do something about the marbles in her mouth anyway?!

That’s how a 10-second voicemail turns into a 5-minute battle that ruins someone’s professional image. And it could have been avoided with these common voicemail courtesies that send the right message.

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It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere

Posted by Kathi Guiney on March 8, 2016, YES! in the News | No Comments

The March 8, 2016 issue of the Orange County Business Journal features the latest YES! article, which discusses ways to improve our time-management skills at work.


We have a complicated relationship with Time. We waste it, kill it, save it, maximize it, run out of it, and work “over” it. Each workday, we greet Time with the best intentions, often to end the day with little accomplished. Time wounds our self-esteem, mocks our productivity, and defeats our best efforts to get along with it. Since we can’t separate ourselves from Time and make a clean break, we’ll have to uncomplicate the relationship by improving how we work together.

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Understanding the Unsaid

Posted by Kathi Guiney on December 8, 2015, YES! in the News | No Comments

The December 7, 2015 issue of the Orange County Business Journal features the latest YES! article, which discusses how to become a virtuoso of nonverbal communication. Jocelyn Schamber of Fuzzy Red Pen guests.


Have you ever wished you could read your boss’s mind? OK, so these tips won’t turn you into telepathic mutant Professor X, but they may make you a virtuoso of the nonverbal. We spend 80 percent of our days communicating, and 90 percent of that communication is silent. If we study the silence, we can catch what’s really being said, from people’s moods and mindsets, to their interests and understanding of the message–all of which can help us improve our business relations.

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Think Outside the Business Jargon Box

Posted by Kathi Guiney on October 2, 2015, YES! in the News | No Comments

The September 28, 2015 issue of the Orange County Business Journal features the latest YES! article, which discusses meaningless business jargon to lose immediately.


If you’re still “thinking outside the box,” you’re really not. For years, “think outside the box” has topped business jargon people would like to forget. And this, like other jargon, isn’t just annoying, it isn’t clear language. Lessen annoyance and improve communication by forgetting this business jargon immediately.

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Out With the Old, In With the Newbie: Working With Younger Bosses in 2015

Posted by Kathi Guiney on December 1, 2014, YES! in the News | 1 Comment

The December 1, 2014 issue of the Orange County Business Journal features the latest YES! article, which discusses how to survive–and thrive–when working for a younger boss. Jocelyn Schamber of Fuzzy Red Pen Copywriting guests.


You may not “get” your new boss, but you’ll have to get used to their love of text messaging, and get over that their college graduation year is the same as one of your kids’! More than a third of U.S. workers already report to someone younger, and by 2015, millennials will outnumber baby boomers in the workforce. And while most of these May-December relationships get along, they can struggle with misconceptions that young bosses lack experience, and that mature staffers prefer typewriters to tablets.

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