Deborah Sweeney

Finding Your Aha! Moment in Business

Some people refer to it as a “Eureka!” moment. Others think of it as a little light bulb going off. In business as well as in life, your “aha!” moment is going to shape you and help you grow, taking what you didn’t understand at first and adding clarity and comprehension to get “it” all of a […]

Banish Pre-Meeting Jitters

Whether you’re a seasoned pro at conducting department meetings or a speaking one on one with a new partner for the first time, you can’t avoid the fluttering of those butterflies in your stomach or the sudden need to chew your fingernails off thinking about whether or not everything will go smoothly. Kick your pre-meeting […]

How to Never Run out of Blog Topics

You have a blog for your business that’s strengthened customer relationships and added some traffic to your site- wonderful! Things are always easy in the beginning; you have so many ideas to get on that blog and helpful tips to dish out, while always relating back to what it is your business does. But then […]

Chick-fil-A’s Branding No-No

The day has come when a person can no longer think of a piece of fried chicken in the same way ever again. Looking at you, Chick-fil-A. In a perfect world where we all took away lessons from political uproar, every CEO would take away a thing or two from this chicken debacle. The debate […]

How to Work a Half Day Like a Boss

Every now and then in the office, the workday will be cut in half for a half day of work which is both a blessing and curse in disguise. It’s always great to be able to leave work a little early to enjoy the rest of the day but at the same time all of […]

Office Birthday Essentials

Just the other day I celebrated turning another year older. It was a Friday and the office had El Pollo Loco brought in along with one of those giant, frosted cookies for everyone to share. The employees sang to me and all day I was given nice gifts and well wishes.  I felt very special […]

How To Pitch It Like You Mean It

Whether you’re down to the wire in a 30 seconds or less elevator pitch or emailing media contacts from a PR firm looking to snag one to feature your client in a story, pitching has never been on a time constraint now more than ever. Don’t let the clock scare you – I like to […]

Why Being Positive Pays in the Workplace

How do you feel when a coworker compliments your outfit? How about when your supervisor sends out a friendly email to the entire company praising your hard work on a tough project? Or when your department is stressed out on the deadline for an assignment but still finds the time to send one another a […]

3 Must Haves For a Business Conference

“Wow, what an incredible business conference that was!” is a phrase that we don’t often find ourselves saying after leaving a conference event for the day for multiple reasons. Maybe the WiFi was spotty, the sessions started late, the topics got off the subject, the room was cold… and the list goes on. In fact, […]

3 Tips for Putting the “Social” into a Workplace Social

Last summer, I threw a mixer at the headquarters of the company I own for entrepreneurs and business owners to gather at for some meeting and greeting. It turned out to be such a success that I decided to do it again this year. With the invitations already sent out, the drinks and food ordered, […]

The Benefits of Becoming a Blog Contributor

Ready to start building a solid web presence through blogging? Being a contributing writer to well-renowned blogging websites has a series of benefits that give back to you, your business, and to the audience reading making it a triple threat (and a necessary one at that!) to have tied to your name. You Gain Credibility […]

How to Recognize the Disney Princess in Your Office

They may not whistle while they work but chances are you’ve worked alongside an employee who has all the characteristics of a Disney Princess. What could be so bad about that? Aren’t princesses usually kind and helpful? More often than not, they have a bad workplace trait ranging from laziness to bossiness leaving you forced […]

Assume You’ll be Researched

Here at MyCorporation we have recently been playing the hiring game. Having been the CEO for more than a few years now, I find it interesting to observe how the art of hiring a new employee has changed over the years. Hiring someone used to mean a couple interviews, some discussion among team members, and […]

How-To Skype: The Business Skyping Etiquette You Have to Know

Every week, I have a meeting with my social media team that involves us Skyping in one of our employees who initially started off working at our headquarters and is now currently studying aboard in Ireland. These meetings are the highlight of the week for the team as we crowd around the monitor talking both […]

Classic Tax Filing Mistakes

  For the few, the proud, the people who file their own taxes my hat goes off to them. It’s not an easy job to do, whether on paper or online and for those with small businesses, I normally advise making an appointment with a CPA. But for those who don’t yet have families or […]

3 Reasons Why You Should Be Pinning On Pinterest

Pinterest /Pin-ter-est noun (place/thing), verb (in the form of repinning) 1. NY Times definition: a pinboard for online photos. You ‘pin’ photos onto a virtual corkboard based on your interests. 2. To pin a series of photos on various pinboards created by you exclusively. I decided to start repinning blueberry pie and oatmeal cookie pictures onto my […]

3 Resolutions Your Small Business Needs to Keep

The hoopla of a New Year is fading out, we’re a few weeks into 2012, how are those new business resolutions going? According to an article on examiner.com, four out of five people will not keep up their New Year’s resolutions; not very promising odds. Though statistically hope looks quite bleak, here are the three […]

Be Your Own Renaissance Woman

It’s 2011 and women are still fighting for their voices to be heard in the workforce. I cannot believe I just wrote that sentence. The New Zealand Herald recently reported that Avivah Wittenbert-Cox, an international expert on gender balance and best-selling author is fighting the good and all too familiar fight for female equality in […]

Oprah: The Giveaway Master

My company has had a lot of ‘free’ on the brain as of late.  We’ve always been a fan of giveaways and have administered quite a few throughout the years, usually all resulting in great success. It’s around that time again for us so I find myself looking to one of my biggest television idols […]

4 Reasons To Be In Favor Of Workplace Distractions

An article with Forbes I read recently proclaimed 10 ways to get more done at work, written by an anonymous Forbes staffer that I’m going to assume was a baby boomer because the tips given were old-school workplace protocol based. They included shutting off the Twitter account, checking your email only a couple times a day, and eliminating […]

Dining With Your Briefcase: Business Dinner Etiquette

Going out to a nice restaurant for a first or second date has its own set of politics to keep in line with. What to wear, how much to dominate the conversation, who pays for the meal?  The dynamic of dating is changing and has been for years now—largely due to feminism ideals and partially […]

Making Your Business Legit: How to Choose Your Business Entity

So you’re taking on the world. Perhaps you’ve fled from the corporate box to stretch your arms as an entrepreneur that can change things; you’re going to be the change you want to see in the world.  Maybe you’re fresh out of college and have known your entrepreneurial destiny since you discovered your true passion […]

Excusable Mothers: Expectations for Working Moms

  Image courtesy of Shutterstock There is a stereotype that working mothers cannot work as hard as single or lacking children women simply due to the fact that they have more to do. Being a mother I can fully comprehend the never-ending to-do list that goes hand-in-hand with having children.  From waking up to soothe […]