How to Take a Good Profile Picture of Yourself

By Debra Benton
Man pointing a camera in direction of the viewer.

A photo is around a long time, especially when transmitted around the world via social media. Almost anyone can see an online photo and even download it, which means deleting it online won’t help you escape an unflattering photo. Good “spontaneous” photos don’t just happen. You have to know how to take a good profile … Read more

How to Give a Good Handshake to Make a Great First Impression

By Debra Benton
Man holding hand out for handshake

In our diverse world, there are a number of ways to greet other people. When Richard Maracinko, author of several books on the NAVY SEALs, shakes hands, he uses two. The left is to check your pulse to see if you’re nervous meeting him, and then he acts accordingly. A famous restaurant owner in New … Read more

4-Step Secret to Success from Top CEOs

By Debra Benton
CEO Coach

In my executive coaching of 30+ years I’ve worked with over a thousand chief executives from eighteen different countries and in every industry. Once a week someone asks my take on the secret to success in business. I can answer with four points: 1. Smile Smile because you have to look and act confident. An … Read more

How to recognize life patterns and make better choices

By Debra Benton
Life choice road signs

Consider the dozens of life and career choices you’ve made over the years. Try to remember how and why you make those choices. What were you expecting at the time? How did the reality match up with your expectations? Did the choice of school, career, job, or spouse worked out better than you dreamed – … Read more

Your Go-To Approach — and Fall-Back Approach — Should Always be the Golden Rule

By Debra Benton
People shaking hands

Consistently Follow the Golden Rule: What you want for yourself, you give to others. Do right and do it consistently in how you think, act, and interact with people. Over the years there are versions of the “rule” that I’ve heard from colleagues. Pick one that rings true for you: Do what’s right for the other … Read more