Gary Michaels is a valley fixture for morning radio…now the longest running morning show in the central valley. For more than 18 years, Gary has been waking up central valley families with great light rock, fun contests and interesting guests and interviews.
Gary Michaels has been a broadcast veteran for more than 30 years getting up at 3:30am each weekday in markets like Phoenix, Des Moines, New Orleans, Dayton, Minneapolis and now his home in Modesto. Gary is married to his lovely wife Teri. They have two children. Active in his church and community organizations over the years…he is very civic minded and wants a quality of life for his community.
Such longevity is rare in this business, but the audience and Gary’s show connect to bring a fun, upbeat and family-friendly listening experience to the listeners every weekday from 5:30-10am.
Office holiday parties are a great way to meet people in your company, mingle and make the kind of small talk that can help advance your career. That is, unless you handle it badly. Then it could derail it. So what can you say that will make you stand out in a good way? Martin M. Antony, a professor of psychology at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario and the author of "10 Simple Solutions to Shyness," says you should reach out to someone by smiling, making eye contact and just being approachable. Show that you are open to conversation. And when the talking begins, this is what you say:
Offer someone else a compliment, but make sure you are honest and don't overdo it. If you receive one in return and feel uncomfortable, just say "Thank you." Don't discount the praise by telling the person all the reasons why you don't deserve it.
Join an ongoing conversation.
At a party, it is perfectly appropriate to join an ongoing conversation. People often walk about, moving in and out of different conversations. See if you can join in with a group of people who are discussing something that interests you.
Have some topics of conversation prepared, but make sure to actually listen to the other person rather than rehearsing what you'll say next.
Be curious and intrigued about other people and their lives and interests.
People respond better to positive statements than negative.
Use active listening skills.
Reflect back that you are understanding what the other person is saying. Paraphrase what they say, ask for clarification and provide feedback.
Try to talk about things other than work.
Take the opportunity to get to know people on a personal level.
Include your date in conversations by finding common interests.
This is especially important if your date is shy or doesn't know anyone else but you.
Stick to neutral topics.
Just like your grandmother advised, don't talk about religion, politics or sex.
Do this to get noticed:
COFFEE, COFFEE, COFFEE
If the only thing that inspires you to roll out of bed in the morning is a hot cup of coffee, you are not alone. When CareerBuilder and Dunkin' Donuts surveyed 4,700 workers nationwide to find out who needs their coffee the most, scientists and lab technicians tied for the number one spot. Java junkies ranked by profession:
34% of workers say they need coffee to get through the day, while 46% of those who drink coffee claim they are less productive without it. 61% of those who drink coffee, consume two cups or more each workday and 28% drink three cups or more. 36% of American workers aged 18 to 24 claim coffee has helped their career by providing an opportunity to network with other co-workers.