Danny Rubin is an award-winning author and speaker on business communication skills. His book, Wait, How Do I Write This Email?, is a collection of 100+ templates for networking, the job search and LinkedIn. Visit DannyHRubin.com to read more of his blog posts and connect with him on Twitter.
Articles by Danny Rubin
On being tenacious, staying patient, and talking face-to-face
On being tenacious, staying patient, and talking face-to-face: Be your own best advocate. Live for tomorrow. Meet in person in our digital age.
16 career decisions that make no logical sense
Avoid these 16 poor choices, and your chances at success will improve.
Everything I know I learned on the first day of school
Millions of kids feel the same butterflies that come with change. In hindsight, the first day of school — no matter the grade — offers the building blocks for successful adulthood. With a nod to Robert Fulghum’s classic bestseller “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” this is what we learn on day one.
How leaders should write a ‘long-term vision’ email
When you write a “big idea” or long-term planning email, the danger is to write too much. If your employees open an email and are smacked right away with 14 giant paragraphs that scroll and scroll, they will recoil and dread the 30 minutes they need to spend sifting through your manifesto.
How a manager should critique an employee’s work
Constructive criticism is essential for team dynamics. If your employees don’t improve a little each day, then the company as a whole will languish. Still, there’s a proper way to dispense critiques while you manage the relationship and remain in control as a leader.
The simple approach to powerful networking conversations
“When Ali spoke to you, he made it seem as if you were the only one in the room.” Even a small action can make a very big impact when networking.
10 phrases we should always say no matter how crazy our lives become
Sadly, we can’t slow down our world, even though eating alone at our desks makes us less creative. Nevertheless, below are 10 phrases we should always find ourselves saying — no matter how crazy life becomes.
How do I use the right keywords on my resume?
On a resume, lead with your skills because, in the crowded, competitive world of online job applications, your skill set matters above all. Somewhere, a robot is waiting to call your name.
2 words every public speaker should avoid at all costs
When we fall back on the same words during a speech, the audience senses it right away. People start to think, “He’s really doing that a lot. Kind of annoying.” What’s “that”? A distracting tic or habit.
Here’s an email template to help you settle a team dispute
An email chain doesn’t allow for productive dialogue and employees can read a sentence the wrong way and become offended or turned off. That’s why, to settle a dispute, email should be used to plan a face-to-face conversation.
On shutting my mouth, knowing my room and looking out for #1
Who can you ask for advice this week? Once the person starts to drop knowledge bombs, you need to nod furiously, take notes and generally be a sponge. Never stop absorbing.
How to explain a complex topic in simple terms
Strong writing skills are paramount. You don’t want to confuse people when you try to break down a difficult topic. On the flip side, employees will appreciate how you simplified the issue and, in doing so, valued their time and attention.
On meeting new people, following up, and being teachable
Here’s a powerful networking truth: Everyone you ever meet matters. No matter when someone crosses your path, you never know when they might come back around.
How to (actually) find your purpose
To find your purpose, commit to working on what you love to do every week for at least two years. There are no shortcuts to reach enlightenment.
The email every leader should write
Are you a “rising star” at your job or an organization outside of work? To cement your “leader” status, use this email template and let others show what they can do.
How to use the right tone in emails
Your messages are more than facts and figures about the business. Each word carries tone and significance, and employees scrutinize every sentence in search of meaning.
How to ask for a networking meeting with a coworker
If you want to brainstorm or learn from a coworker, ask politely for the person’s time but include parameters on when the meeting should happen.
7 types of words you need to stop capitalizing
Capitalization matters. When you handle upper and lowercase words like a pro, it shows poise, smarts and maturity. Proper capitalization is one more way to distance yourself from the competition.
How to use the first five minutes of networking to impress
In the first five minutes of any conversation, the smartest networkers do what no one expects.
The three-second trick to impress on phone calls
You can impress people on the phone with a simple strategy.
Being lucky, persistent and pushy: Musings from the entrepreneurial journey
How do you demonstrate your worth? Quantify your success through relevant stats/metrics and share stories of how you overcome obstacles. Then, you don’t need luck. The deck is already stacked in your favor.
Failure, empty advice and mentorship: We’re looking at it all wrong
No one gets it right the first time. But when the approach doesn’t work, it’s too harsh to call the outcome a “failure.” It was an honest attempt, and with each try, you move closer to the winning formula.
How to be the best listener in your office
We know we’re supposed to listen to each other, but how often do you actually sit quietly, put away your phone and hear every single word someone has to say?
9 words and phrases that make any professional look weak
Certain words can have a long-lasting impact. Don't let these slip into your conversation.