Real Moments: Keeping It Real at … the Beauty Pageant?

Andrea Howe
Category : Real Moments March 31, 2015

When you think about your biggest role model for keeping it real, do you think … beauty pageant contestant?

Me neither. Words like “made up” and “dolled up” come to mind sooner than “authentic” and “genuine.”

Either my stereotypes are way off or times are a-changin’.

If the 2015 Miss America Pageant held this past September is any indication, gone are the platforms of old—and we’re not talking shoes. Many Miss America contestants addressed issues that affected them personally for their public service platforms. And they got much more specific than world peace.

Instead of spray-tanning their lives to appear unblemished, three contestants in particular took very raw and personal tragedies, such as a father’s suicide, a sister’s slaying, and a brother’s substance abuse and subsequent suicide, as catalysts for the issues they would address if they won.

On a more humorous note, supermodel and business mogul Kathy Ireland ditched her polished persona by taking the stage to burp on command. Yes, you read correctly: burp. As a judge, Kathy had been asked to reveal three interesting facts about herself, one of which is that she can burp the ABC’s. Pageant host and comedian Dena Blizzard later asked her to prove it.

Don’t believe me? Watch it here. Kathy’s initial reaction to the dare is priceless … and very real. And Dena’s response to Kathy’s bravery says it all: “You just made supermodels cool. I love you.”

Tragedy or comedy, getting real moves people.

Why the Godfather lied

Andrea Howe
Category : Weekly tips March 29, 2015

This post is part of our Weekly Tips series.

You’ve heard the expression, “It’s not personal; it’s business” (popularized by one of The Godfather movies). I don’t buy that.

Trust lessons from a CEO’s unexpected admission

Andrea Howe
Category : Weekly tips March 23, 2015

This post is part of our Weekly Tips series.

The CEO of a company I work with recently did something unexpected when he stopped by the class I was leading on Being a Trusted Advisor.

Want true collaboration? Try this two-word mantra

Andrea Howe
Category : Weekly tips March 16, 2015

This post is part of our Weekly Tips series.

Last week’s tip focused on practicing improvisation as a true test of your ability to walk the talk of a trusted advisor.

The true test of trusted advisorship

Andrea Howe
Category : Weekly tips March 9, 2015

This post is part of our Weekly Tips series.

You’d probably agree with me that great client relationships require planning, preparation, and deliberate effort. And I bet you’d also agree that great relationships are determined by how we handle the stuff we can’t anticipate.

Want to build credibility? Try showing more weakness

Andrea Howe
Category : Weekly tips March 2, 2015

This post is part of our Weekly Tips series.

If you’ve been reading these tips for a while you’ve probably noticed my tendency to focus on the “squishier” aspects of trust-building, like intimacy and self-awareness. I do this not because they’re more important (remember, all four variables of the trust equation matter) but because I think the “soft stuff” needs more attention than business people routinely give it.

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