Always do your best work

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I have never quite understood why the emails I get are so sloppy.I fully realize and accept that most people don’t type 90 words a minute like I do. Still, even if you only hunt and peck, it is my honest advice to you that you make an effort to spell words correctly and to check your sente...


Sep 09, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A firm belief in the Tooth Fairy

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I hope I will not sound like I am in a bad mood or anything, but I have to tell you that the bulk of the messages I get from members need a lot of work to make them appear as proper business correspondence.I wish I could believe this is only how you write when you are corresponding with yo...


Aug 30, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Making your emails look professional

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I don’t know if you will agree, but I’m almost convinced that email is going to stick around for a while as a business tool.This being the case, I would like to make the bold suggestion to all of you who write emails (and hopefully that is everyone in The FENG) that you “get with the progr...


Aug 24, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Don’t call me late for lunch

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I don’t know if all of you have noticed, but our new member announcement has a field called “Greeting to use.” It is there because I think it is important in establishing networking connections to be able to call people by the name they find most “comfortable.”As I have often said, you can...


Aug 18, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

All I know about you is in front of me

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To quote George Bernard Shaw: “The biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”With respect to our power to communicate, we live in a remarkable period of time. I normally respond to 50-100 unique emails every day. I have been doing this for many years and yet...


Jul 12, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Why bother saying thank you?

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For those of you who are sailing fans and/or history buffs and saw the movie Master & Commander: The Far Side of The World, there was a scene where Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany were having a heated argument about the merits of flogging. The comment made by the captain was that the go...


Jun 28, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Attention to detail

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I am frequently disappointed by the lack of attention to detail by the many members who write to me. There are so many things that are easy to do, that no one seems to do.Let me start with my primary concern – the lack of outgoing signatures. Incredibly, some emails I get aren’t even signe...


Jun 24, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

I’ve got you covered

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We can all get a lot of help writing resumes. There are even lots and lots of very good books and articles on this topic.Still, the first thing most recipients read or at least glance at is your cover letter. As bad as most of the resumes I see are, the cover letters are often worse.We are...


Jun 07, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Proper uses of boilerplate

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One from column A and one from column B. Sure makes it easy, doesn’t it?Much as our electronic world makes life simple, it also makes it more complicated in certain ways due to the opportunity to be lazy or inattentive to details.Just as there are only a few themes for good writing (man ag...


May 16, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

You talkin to me?

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Yes, I am talking to you.The purpose of my evening editorial is to make all of you better at managing your careers, and in particular to educate you on what I believe are the key issues in appearing more professional and technology savvy in the digital world we all live in.Let me start as ...


Apr 20, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

When in doubt, throw it out

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I don’t know if your incoming snail mail is anything like ours, but we sure get a ton of unsolicited mail. The procedure we follow in our house is to pile the mail up and pull over a large garbage pail. The rule is, “when in doubt, throw it out.” Hard to believe how much junk mail we get o...


Mar 22, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The sploosh syndrome

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Life onboard a boat, whether sail or power, is in many respects different than life on dry land.I was watching Ax Men on the History Channel several years ago and the crew dropped a bolt on the ground from one of their pieces of equipment for which they didn’t have a replacement. Despite t...


Mar 07, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Helping out the competition

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Over the years that I have been writing editorials, I have devoted a lot of time to discussing the basics of job search. Why? Because I often can’t believe what folks send us for assignments being handled by The FECG. In a world of more candidates than there are jobs, people who screen ...


Feb 15, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A few observations

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I hope you all don’t mind, but I am going to ramble a bit tonight about some very important job search issues. The most important issue I am going to cover is outgoing signatures. If you don’t know what one is, you are already in a lot of trouble. I am considering hitting the delete key...


Feb 14, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Dropping in a little artillery

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The truth is that even friends sometimes don’t get back to you when you call. Ever wonder why? So, if friends have trouble returning calls, is it possible that strangers might be even more reluctant to return phone calls? I guess the real question is not why folks don’t return phone ...


Feb 09, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Attention to detail

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Stop me if I am wrong, but I always thought that financial folks were known for their attention to detail. Aren’t we known as total compulsives, or did I miss something? Sad to say, but it apparently isn’t true. Most of my daily communication is from fellow financial executives and I...


Jan 25, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Save the Nauga

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I assume that most of you are unaware that in addition to being Chairman of The FENG, I am also president of the Save The Nauga Society. I have been actively involved in trying to save the nauga from extinction for many years. While naugas existed in most parts of the world in large num...


Jan 24, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Too smart for our own good

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One of the problems with being a senior financial executive is that we have all the answers. We have, for good or bad, “been there and done that.” Frankly, it is hard to conceal that knowledge and experience in an interview. Call it “overqualified” or whatever name you like, but it is diff...


Apr 11, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Don’t call me, I’ll call you

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I have been trying to do a better job of keeping up with my email these days. I must admit that from time to time I have fallen very far behind. (My personal record is 600 or 800 unanswered after one of my vacations, but that was a long time ago.) Sure, I know all of you can appreciate how...


Apr 16, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A fair fight

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One of the most over rated things in this world is a fair fight. I suppose the belief in a fair fight is to a very large degree all part of the American Western heritage of the gunfighter. Two men armed with six-shooters (the great equalizer) standing 20 paces apart face each other in the ...


Apr 18, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Computers are here to stay

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I sometimes get the feeling from the format of emails I get and the strange formatting of resumes I see that there are those who believe computers are just a passing phase in our society. I don’t know how to break this to those of you who have been reluctant to “get with the program,” one ...


Jul 24, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG