Looking to Elevate Your Personal Brand? Here Are 5 Things You Need to Quit Now

Often career experts talk about what I call the rainbows and butterflies version of having a successful career, but this doesn’t show the complete picture. What usually happens is that the emotional challenges that come with change are treated like a movie extra when in fact it plays a lead role. While I’m all for the “you can do it approach,” I also think we need to address the importance of having the right mindset when it comes to making a career move. You can do everything right on paper but still not make any progress because mental roadblocks are holding you back. Here are some things you must quit if you want to move forward and elevate your personal brand. 1. Ignoring Your Personal Brand   Most people don’t set out to build their personal brand because it’s a fun wishlist item. It’s usually because they want more of something they’re currently not getting enough of—be it money, opportunities, or freedom. Whether you openly accept this fact or begrudge the thought … [Read more...]

4 Tips for Being Comfortable at Events

Research tells us that 60% of people in America are shy when it comes to attending events with a room full of strangers! Does that make you feel better? Additionally, 75% said they don’t know what to talk about and 40% are anxious even when they know people in the room.  So, if you aren’t comfortable socializing—you’re not alone. Try these proven tips that are part of my Professional Presence program. 1. Know your value. Recognize and appreciate your BRAND ATTRIBUTES that could include your talents, gifts, expertise and wonderfulness. Own them and walk into that room full of strangers knowing YOU have VALUE that you could bring to others. What are those things about you that someone might find compelling? What brand impression do you want to leave with new people in your life? How can you let others know where you shine? Don’t diminish those things that come easily for you and maybe not for others. Things like: You know a lot of people You have expertise in a subject You … [Read more...]

8 Nifty Ways to Get a Career Boost from the Summer

When summer hits, the packed weeks of spring slide into long, lazy days, and it’s tempting to grow a little lazy about work and your career, too. Yet the summer months allow you extra time, which can be an opportunity for a solid career bounce. What steps can you take to further your career during the summer? Network. Many professional associations or organizations plan fun seasonal get-togethers that — bonus! — are held outside. Take advantage of these events not only to enjoy yourself by the pool, but also to expand your contact pool. You never know who you’ll meet at the bar.  Join a Professional Association. If you are not already a member of an association, now’s the time to join. By doing so, you’ll already be familiar with the group’s routines come fall. If their Fall event’s schedule is posted, check it out and plan ahead for your Fall networking opportunities.   Volunteer for a New Project. Take advantage of others’ vacations to let your star shine. You may … [Read more...]

Follow the Lead of Successful Career Change Artists

When you go to work each day, you feel like you’re punching a clock. You lack passion for your work, a true love for what you do. You’ve heard “love what you do, and you’ll never work another day in your life,” but can’t imagine such a saying applying to you. You’ve thought a little about career reinvention, but don’t know where to begin. Does the above scenario sound like you? If you’re not fulfilled with your current career, you might want to make a change. How do you determine which career to move to, and how to make the change? One thing can help: listen to people interviewed in Aspire!’s Change made simple podcasts series. These are change artists who have been in your shoes, feeling what you’re feeling.  While these four professionals worked in fields ranging from finance to marketing, they all had one big thing in common — they felt unfulfilled and needed to make a change. In the podcasts, you’ll hear these stories: John G. left a successful career as a business … [Read more...]

How Can Your Brand Engage People’s Hearts and Minds?

I’ve learned that leadership in business is about three things: Your head, your hands, your heart. Here’s what I mean. If you wonder how effective you are as a leader, look behind and see how many are following you. The fact is ... you earn the right to be respected as a leader IF… * You have the knowledge, the experience and the intellect it takes for your role. * You secure the resources necessary to run the business and you give others the tools, training and ability to do their job. * You are not self-centered. Self-centered people are not leaders, no matter what their business card reads. It’s about actions that are observable – not just talk. As the saying goes, "walk the talk." If you don’t, you’ll look behind and see you are more of an individual contributor with few followers committed to giving their best for the success of the company. So how can you engage people's hearts and minds? 1- Get Together Just for Grins — Work is all about work. But don’t … [Read more...]