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Second Look: Philanthropy, Flight Attendants, and Happy Interns

Second look is back. I’m highlighting 3 or 4 posts, surveys, and other news that I have read and/or tweeted about that you may not have seen. As the name implies, I think they deserve a second look.

  • Small Talk Matters: We talk about the importance of networking, but how many of us do it well? John Baldoni offers some good tips for chatting up the boss (or anyone else). It’s all about preparation, personality (yours), and keen perception.
  • Customer Service, Flight-Attendant Style: Watching flight attendants is a good way to learn about business, says Neil Patel in a useful post about customer service, rules, and the small things that make a difference.
  • Interns vs. Assistants: Mary Deming Barber has a thoughtful guest post for Solo PR Pro that looks at how to get the most from (and for) your intern–and when you should be hiring an assistant instead.
  • Texting and Philanthropy: “Rapid information sharing and [people-to-people] connections have already turned several major industries upside down. Philanthropy is next,” writes Timothy Ogden in a terrific post about how texting is transforming the way we give.

Photo by kudumomo (Flickr).

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