The Power of NO and the 4 Reasons you Shouldn’t Say Yes

By Mary Williams / April 15, 2021 / 0 Comments

I spent one evening last week with a group of dynamic, smart businesswomen, all entrepreneurs.  I cannot stop reflecting on one of their questions, “What is the best way to say no in business?” Fact.  As of this morning, there were eight billion Google searches for – “How to say…


What do thank you notes, self-doubt, confidence building, the Buccaneers and doing business on the golf course have in common?

By Mary Williams / March 12, 2021 / 0 Comments

These are all questions and conversations stimulated from my most recent work with the students in the Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University in Detroit.  I know you have heard me say this many times before and it’s worth repeating.  The work I do with the students in…

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The Case for Soft Skills – Did you know they are the key to success at work?

By Mary Williams / February 16, 2021 / 0 Comments

It goes without saying, I loved the recent article in Forbes contributed by Mark C. Perna regarding the top soft skills you need to be most successful while working remotely.  Like the article said, “soft skills can make or break you.”  I could not agree more, and I love every…


6 Secrets You Didn’t Know About Zoom First Impressions

By Mary Williams / January 7, 2021 / 0 Comments

Happy New Year!  Are you hoping you don’t have to hear as many of these phrases in 2021? I think you are on mute…or I can’t hear you.  How about….these are unprecedented times, or anything referencing the new normal or even this one….Is everyone able to see my screen?   via…

Virtual Etiquette and How to Make a Positive Impression on Zoom

Virtual Etiquette and How to Make a Positive Impression on Zoom

By Mary Williams / December 21, 2020 / 0 Comments

What a privilege it was to be interviewed recently by Gian Marco Cortez, a student at Hillsborough College in the Film and Media Department. The interview was shared on the college’s station, Hawk Talk. The topic was all about Virtual Etiquette and How to Make a Positive Impression on Zoom…

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How to get back on track when you must unexpectedly pivot

By Mary Williams / October 22, 2020 / 0 Comments

Isn’t this the theme song for 2020? We are all struggling with how to stay on track with our work and our lives. It has been a challenging time for all of us and these last few months have given new meaning to life being a marathon and not a…


The Importance of Confidence – My Top 7 Tips for Improving Yours

By Mary Williams / August 28, 2020 / 0 Comments

I am super focused on self-confidence right now. And it is probably because I am about to launch something I have never done before. Which has caused me to read and do a bunch of research lately. And while I have thought about confidence many, many times before, (and my…

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Zoom Etiquette: Body Language, Confidence and Why You Should Stop Staring at Yourself

By Mary Williams / July 1, 2020 / 0 Comments

Have you recently had a job interview on Zoom?  Or pitched a big idea to a large group? Or relayed critical information to your boss and your bosses’ boss during a Zoom team meeting? Or are you simply interested in leveling up for your new normal to be most successful…


Top 3 Reasons Body Language and Tone Are a Big Deal on Zoom

By Mary Williams / May 28, 2020 / 0 Comments

Are you spending the bulk of your days on virtual meeting platforms? Just in case you didn’t know how important it is to dress for success, let this be a friendly reminder that people decide whether they like you or not in seven seconds and this applies to virtual meetings…


How I am Surviving Safer at Home

By Mary Williams / April 5, 2020 / 0 Comments

Our lives have been turned upside down.  Everything has changed.  Who could have expected it to happen so fast?  You can call me naïve, you can say that I had my head in the sand, however, to imagine a day when basically everything either stopped or radically changed, I was…