Posts by Mary Williams

Business Is Built on Relationships

I had lunch with an old friend and fellow entrepreneur.  Outgoing, fun, energetic, involved and positive are ways in which I would describe her.  She founded her own franchise business about a year before I launched Mary Williams FIA.  She is a few months ahead of me on the learning curve as she survived and…

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Navigating Professionalism in a Digital Universe

We know the world is digitalized and our professional and personal lives are available for the world to see.  We know we can reach anyone in the world at any time.  The biggest question we need to ask ourselves is this.  How do I want to present myself to the world? Which is no different than…

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A Reflection on Mother’s Day & Working Moms

As Mother’s Day approaches I want to share my experience as a working mom and why I believe it’s important to honor and appreciate all the sacrifices moms make across the world. I cannot talk about Mother’s Day or my experience as a working mom without thinking of my own mom.  She raised four children,…

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The Four Rules to Mastering Introductions

During a lunch meeting with an incredible woman who happens to be a concierge cardiologist, she was sharing her experiences mentoring two engineering students from her college alma mater.  We were discussing our thoughts on the rewards of mentoring and how best to inspire and communicate with millennials and generation Z.  I added how much…

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The Skills You Need to Succeed in 2019 and Beyond

Did you know that 91 percent of dissatisfied customers or clients will never complain about their interaction with you? Instead, they will simply take their business elsewhere. If you think soft skills are trivial or unimportant, think again. Here’s the deal: 85 percent of job success is based on social and people skills — not…

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Nice Still Matters

Have you ever had someone tell you that you are “too nice” in business? I have. And ironically, this feedback was given to me by my most respected, and highly accomplished boss and mentor. Is it wrong that nice is the only way I know how to be? I could blame my Mom and my…

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