Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Are you ready for the first big game ( interview ) of 2006? Remember: "Game-Face" isn't everything

As a rookie, Merlin Olsen was voted into the Pro Bowl. And in the winters that followed, the NFL never played a Pro Bowl without him ... for 14 consecutive years. Here's what Merlin has to say about getting ready for the big game...

"There is no substitute for preparation."

So, you getting ready for the big game (interview) in 2006? Are you runnin' drills? Watchin' film? Pickin' up the clothes from the dry cleaners? As you prepare, remember this: looks aren't everything; how you sound is often more important.

Diane Diresta, contributing writer for Monster, and President of DiResta Communications, notes six common language mistakes and how to keep them from sabotaging your interview. Check them out here (Six Sloppy Speech Habits), and see how Diane can help in your preparation for the big game.

Now, while you are in prep mode, thinking about what to say in your next interview, check out the list below, compiled by Lake Superior State University. On Saturday, the university released it's 2006 "List of Words and Phrases Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness."

Here's the Annoying List:
Hunker down
Person of interest
Community of learners
Up-or-down vote
Breaking news
Designer breed
First-time caller
Pass the savings on to you!
97% fat-free
An accident that didn't have to happen
Junk science
Dawg (this one should have been voted out in '04)
Talking points
Holiday tree

Funny, I didn't see the word Google anywhere on that list?


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