The LinkedIn Summary Section: The Most Under-Used Professional Connecting Tool

When you created your LinkedIn profile, did you take the time to write a thoughtful summary section? If not, it’s time to go back to LinkedIn and work on your summary. I believe this is the most under-used and potentially the most powerful career-builder and professional networking tool available to all of us. LinkedInIn the summary section, you can describe yourself and your unique value proposition in 2,000 words of well-written prose that will draw the right people into your life, whether it’s an employer, a client, or a strategic partner. The key is that Google will use the search terms in your description to find you when people are looking for someone who offers what makes you unique and valuable. If you are a plumber, your summary might lead off with: As Portland, Maine’s most versatile plumber, I work on large and small jobs, whether in a new condominium or office complex, or a single-family residential office. I work throughout the Portland area in towns such as … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Practice Positive Presence

Just last Spring, driving from Dallas to San Antonio, we went from clear and sunny weather to a patch of snow lasting 10 miles — then back to a bright, sunny sky. In the blink of an eye, we had to adapt. Isn’t that what happens with ANY change? It can happen just that fast, unannounced. At work you might find yourself being downsized, right sized, wrong sized or resized. Whatever the size – you’re forced out of your comfort zone. And pressed to adapt. Now how do you show your leadership presence? When chaos happens, it may be more challenging to keep emotions intact. This is when you’re on center stage and grace under fire really matters. This is when people look to leadership to right the ship, give direction, and trust the messages you send. As Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.” Take heed of these Practical Presence Positives … [Read more...]

Creating The Connection: Being A Mentor Builds Your Brand

Here are 3 tips for being a great mentor. 1 – Set the stage Be clear with your mentee what expectations you have for the relationship. It’s a two-way street – and both of you should understand the rules of the road. When will you meet? How often? What if one of you has to reschedule? What agenda will you follow? Clear communication up front ensures an enjoyable mentoring relationship. Currently several Fortune 500 organizations are using Monday Morning Leadership for Women as their guide for 8 mentoring sessions. 2 – Be vulnerable That means be authentic. Your sessions are focused on the mentee… sharing HOW you succeeded and offering your wise counsel to help your mentee be more effective in their role. Sometimes it’s helpful to share things you would have done differently or mistakes you made along the way. 3 – Be a good listener When your mentee wants to tell all – listen to all. Unless, of course, they are “caught in their story” too long. Believe in the person and … [Read more...]

You Can’t Fake Real: Seven Ways to Be Yourself in the Critical First Seven Seconds

“My own self, at my very best, all the time.” — American Youth Foundation pledge When a person first meets you, it takes seven seconds for them to determine whether they are going to like you or not, whether they want to work with you or not, or whether they want to be your friend or not. We are wired in our prehistoric brains to decide whether another person is actually a friend or a foe. So if you are trying to make a good first impression, why not present yourself as the best version of yourself? Here are my seven tips for those critical first seven seconds: Stand up straight: there’s nothing like good posture to announce that you are confident, ready to work, and comfortable with yourself. Smile: a smile is the most inviting facial expression. There is nothing more inviting to another person than a smiling face. Look the person you are meeting in the eyes, with an expression that says, “I care who you are, and I want to learn more about you.” Lean in toward … [Read more...]

Prepare for an Exciting Career Journey in 2017

As you gear up for the holidays and some well-earned time off, you can also use this period to review your past year of work and see where you want to go in 2017.  Whether you’re looking to secure a new job offer, advance at your current company or start a new business, you can journey down the road toward your goals. Before you start the trip, however, you need to fill your car with fuel. Accomplishments fuel career aspirations.  An accomplishment is simply an example of your work that has made a difference to your organization or client. There are many ways to track accomplishments, and one way is a victory journal. To start your journal, make a note any time you receive a congratulatory job well-done from your boss or a colleague. You can include anything you did well, such as the quarterly report you slaved over. You can also incorporate any responsibilities you had that were new — such as a solo client presentation. Try to make entries in your journal each month. As you … [Read more...]