I was told to wipe the smile off my face, if I was going to be taken seriously.  The article was clear, to the point, complete with a set of instructions on how to tilt the chin, make eye contact and minimize the shrillness of my voice.  Beware of overusing the smile.  Leaders employ this technique with careful precision to diminish the likelihood of being taken as the junior assistant.  Too much smiling is hazardous for those climbing the social or corporate ladder. If I follow “leadership protocol” in my body language as prescribed by experts, I am certain to pass the networking gauntlet with flying colours. 

“Once in awhile, 
Right in the middle of an ordinary life, 
Love gives us a fairy tale.”
 Anonymous

 A special thanks to all my blogger friends who joined the Wedding Dialogues.  Your thoughtful comments and “likes” were much appreciated.

The Wedding Dialogues would not be complete without an epilogue containing some final thoughts on transitions. 

Unless you are a late night shopper, you will eventually be in a line-up waiting to go through a cash register.  Anticipating the wait, stores usually have the latest gossip magazines and an assortment of high-priced candy placed at eye level to incite more spending.  When people get bored, they can read about the latest scandal or satisfy a chocolate craving as they wait.  That is, until consumers discovered mobile.  The line-up has taken up more exciting activities – texting, reading, gaming or watching the latest movie.  Entertainment is mercurial and unpredictable.

Just like the merchants with their product placements, we are motivated to entertain and attract friends and associates for a variety of business or personal reasons.  And just like the merchants, we are hard pressed to keep up with the latest trends and the technology that drives us to faster connections.

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” Socrates

The other day I met up with some friends who spent a considerable amount of time discussing how busy they were.  It became a competition.  Who was the busiest?  I even found myself contributing to this jumble of “busies.” In the end, I really didn’t know how much actual communication had taken place.  That is, until I realized that messages were scattered in between our “busy lists.”

You meet the most interesting people in line ups!  Especially in the morning coffee queues, when the need for caffeine has reached its zenith and patience is in the losing position. These are the times when opportunity gives its best performance.