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...]

Your Moment in the Spotlight: Marketing Yourself for a Corporate Board Role

Many seasoned executives set their sights on the next “role” of their career: a corporate board appointment. In our previous blog posting, we discussed the self-reflection and networking needed to land a board position. In this blog posting, we’ll explore three different marketing materials you may need to land your “audition” — a meeting to discuss a board appointment. Ronit Molko, PhD, BCBA-D, a healthcare consultant and board member, states how important this step in your search is. “Securing a board role requires a solid networking and communications strategy that achieves several things. It must showcase your strengths and expertise that are in line with the company you want to serve; demonstrate how you connect your strengths to that organization’s governance and regulatory needs; and convey your leadership traits. Your marketing approach is as essential as the unique experience and talents you will bring to this role.” Read on to secure a top role! Here are three … [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...]