Monday, March 12, 2007

MARCH 12, 2007

97.7 The Breeze welcomes Harry Connick Jr. to the Rabobank Theater and Convention Center on May 23rd! Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 AM at all Ticketmaster outlets and online by clicking here.

Listen all week at 7 AM for your chance to win tickets before they go on sale! It’s a romantic evening with Harry Connick Jr! Listen and win with Light Rock, Less Talk… 97-7 The Breeze!

We all make mistakes at work... and none of us ever wants to admit it to the boss. And in most cases. . . telling your boss you screwed up is WAY worse than the actual mistake, itself.

Here are four steps to follow when the time comes that you have to give your boss some bad news. . .

1) IDENTIFY THE ACTUAL PROBLEM. Figure out what the problem was. . . and even if YOU didn't do it. . . look into the extent of the mistake. . . like if it affected clients or other members of the organization.

2) CREATE A PLAN OF RESOLUTION. When you bring the issue to your boss. . . . explain ways you think the problem can be solved. When you have a plan of attack. . . your boss will know you have the skills to repair the damage.

3) FIGURE OUT HOW IT HAPPENED. Your boss is going to want to know why the mistake happened. . . and will be expecting you to have a response. Do a little research to get to the bottom of it. . . but if you can't figure out why it happened, tell your boss you've spent A LOT of time researching it. . . but you haven't been able to find the cause.

4) BE PREPARED TO FIX IT. Since you're the one presenting the information to your boss. . . it's gonna be assumed that you know the most about the situation. So don't be surprised if they ask YOU to be the one to fix it.

Cosmo gives you a few compliments you should throw his way...

*Gush over tiny tasks. "Men measure their worth through achievements and need them acknowledged," says psychologist Les Parrott, PhD, coauthor of Love Talk. He'll beam if you tell him he did a great job on anything from fixing your DVD player to cooking great pasta.

*Flatter his fighting style. To really trick him -- butter him up post argument, suggests therapist Robert H. Simmons, PhD, author of Beyond Romance: Making Love Last. Praise him for keeping a cool head or for telling you he was mad. Encouraging him to speak up when needed keeps negativity from building up.

*Tailor compliments just for him. Admiring a possession doesn't say much about the owner, so explain how the item accentuates him. Saying, "I like your shirt," isn't as meaningful as, "Your shirt brings out your green eyes."

The first time you meet your new boyfriend or girlfriend's parents can be scary and intimidating. Take these eight ways you can make a good first impression. . .

1) KNOW YOUR SURROUNDINGS. If you're a little klutzy. . . you may want to be on the lookout for anything you can spill or knock over.

2) GREET THEM WITH A HANDSHAKE. Just as you learned in the business world. . . give them a firm. . . but SHORT. . . handshake.

3) DON'T HUG AND/OR KISS THEM. Unless they make the first move. . . it's probably best to hold off on kissing or hugging them. Some people don't really like physical affection with people they don't know well.

4) CALL THEM "MR." AND "MRS.". This shows respect. After a while. . . they'll probably open up and invite you to call them by their first names.

5) GIVE THEM PERSONAL SPACE. Keep a good amount of distance between you and your date's parents. You don't want to be a "close talker". About three feet should do it.

6) SHOW POISE. Be positive. . . good-natured. . . and most of all, RELAX. Not all parents are out to get you. Just be confident.

7) BE YOURSELF. Parents have a knack for being able to tell if you're lying. Their child obviously sees something in you. . . so there's really no point in trying to be something you're not.

8) SEND A NOTE THE NEXT DAY. Send a thank-you note or card the next day telling them how nice it was to meet them. . . and how you look forward to seeing them again.