Quiz: 8 factors to predict if you’re going to succeed

Have you ever said to yourself, “If only there was a way for me to know if I’m going to succeed in achieving the goal I’ve set or the task I’ve set out to do BEFORE I actually invest a lot of time, money and energy”? Well, I can tell you there is! Based on my 16 years of experience as a coach and consultant, I can say there is a way for you to predict if you're going to persevere and follow through with your goal. Here are 8 factors to predict if you’re going to succeed in reaching the goal you’ve set. Read each sentence carefully. Then for each one of them, score yourself on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being not at all, and 10 being absolutely. Quiz I take 100% responsibility for where I am in life. The goal I’ve set is based on at least one of these: my passion, values, or life purpose. The goal I’ve set is in line with my strengths and talents. I’m focusing on just one goal at a time (and not pursuing multiple different goals). I have the ability and resilience to cope … [Read more...]

Build Your Network and Increase Your Happiness: Three Tips for Increasing Happiness by Building your Personal Brand

Dr. Oz was on the “Today” show this week talking about what he calls “drive-by” relationships where people merely rely on social media to connect with others. I believe people should use social media as a means to an end, with the end goal being a face-to-face experience. True friendships are founded on personal interaction, not just clicking on Like, Friend, Follow or Connect on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter. If you want people to invest in you, you have to invest in them. Dr. Oz also stated that women, especially, can feel lonely and depressed even if they have tons of friends on social media. I think that’s because people tend to paint a really happy and overly optimistic picture of their lives online whereas in real life, things aren’t always so hunky dory. When you connect face-to-face with another person, your brain receives a boost of serotonin and oxytocin, two chemicals that make you feel good and increase your feelings of optimism and happiness. Interacting through a … [Read more...]

Be Insanely Transparent

The summer was packed with fun activities and attending social events. As I watched people mix and mingle, I observed how they engaged in conversation. Some seemed to talk, just to talk — and often about themselves — what they were doing, and what they were planning. Here’s what struck me. It’s obvious when someone is engaging or just making verbal noise. Let’s be real. Strong brands have no problem showing up authentically. They realize that trying to be inauthentic takes waaaay too much effort. Here’s how to stay authentically comfortable in your own skin. 1. Care about making connections. Connections happen emotionally. When you hit on a topic that has meaning for the other person; when you share something about yourself that resonates with someone else; when you care enough to have relevant discussion. It’s not that difficult. Just put yourself in the other person’s shoes and consider what might having meaning to that person. It’s not all about you…at least not for making … [Read more...]

7 Listening Techniques to Increase Professional Success

Listening has always been considered a critical determining factor in successful communications. However, in this post, I’d like to introduce to you 7 listening techniques to increase professional success. Listening Is Not Easy! According to iPEC Coaching, listening can be a challenge because: We have less training and practice in listening than the other forms of communication. Listening as a mode of communication is used 40% of the time yet our formal training is very minimal, if any. By comparison, writing, which is used 9% of the time, is where we’ve all had at least 12 years of formal training (grades 1 – 12). We can take in information faster than it can be spoken. The average person’s rate of listening is 400-500 words per minute. The average person’s rate of speech is 110 – 160 words per minute. So when we are listening, our minds can wander with its excess capacity. As a result, we can get distracted or lose focus. Four Levels of Listening Dr. Ben Palmer and … [Read more...]

Social Branding: 4 Ways to Build Your Brand Beyond LinkedIn

I recently had the pleasure of co-facilitating a webinar with Marie Zimenoff, CEO of Career Thought Leaders where we discussed social branding. In "Building Your Personal Brand (It's More Than LinkedIn!)", we walked career professionals and job seekers through the process of building a strong personal brand using various social media platforms. If I were to sum up the fundamentals of social branding, it would look a little like this equation: Visibility x Consistency x Authenticity = Reach When you reach your target audience (e.g., recruiters, companies, influencers, clients etc.), you connect with them. If you establish a connection, they listen. Then guess what? If people are listening to what you have to say, the mic is in your hands to show them what you’re working with (metaphorically speaking, of course). I love social media because it truly levels the playing field when it comes to getting noticed.  Not only can you find people of interest, they can find you too. … [Read more...]