My Point Exactly

  • Craziest Oscar Moment? 

    February 27th, 2017 by Beth Rogers, Founder of Point Taken Consulting
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    Wow.  Our students often ask about how to handle ‘crazy’, mixed-up mishaps that can occur while they are presenting. And we offer advice, but mostly we offer assurance that these things rarely happen. Well, we all saw that ‘rare’ moment Sunday night, when the winner of the Oscar for Best Picture was mistakenly announced as La La Land when it was actually Moonlight. And this mistake happened live on air, in front…

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  • Differing Opinions

    November 1st, 2016 by Beth Rogers, Founder of Point Taken Consulting
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    One thing that seems to be lost this election season is the ability to disagree without becoming disagreeable. Often, instead of conversing, we shout our opinions at the top of our lungs, with barely a pause to allow the other side to shout theirs back at us.  So, many of us do what seems to be the only sensible thing we can think of: we stop talking about anything that seems controversial.
    We avoid giving…

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  • International Talk Like A Pirate Day

    September 16th, 2016 by Beth Rogers, Founder of Point Taken Consulting
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    Since 2002, hearty and fun-loving men and women everywhere have been celebrating the obscure holiday of “Talk Like a Pirate” Day on September 19.  Yes, for a full 24 hours, supporters swap their real speech for pirate terms, in all settings. Makes for very interesting staff meetings, I can tell you!  For more details, click here. 

    This holiday got us thinking here at Point Taken. Since we teach…

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  • Career Limiting Habits

    July 20th, 2016 by Beth Rogers, Founder of Point Taken Consulting
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    A recent Harvard Business Review (HBR) article got me thinking about how we sometimes limit our own career success by failing to identify, or more importantly, take action to improve a skill that would pave the path forward.

    The article mentioned several generalized career limiting habits, such as procrastination or anger management. At Point Taken, we would add poor communication skills – especially when…

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  • Making Nice

    June 30th, 2016 by Beth Rogers, Founder of Point Taken Consulting
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    “If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all.”

    This was my mother’s mantra, and probably your mother’s too. Somewhere along the line, we have lost sight of this advice… probably right about the time Twitter started trending and we could be Facebook friends instead of just real friends.

    As recent communication research points out, there is still life in that age old wisdom. We rarely get anyone…

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