Do You Talk Politics on Social Media? Here’s How to Protect Your Brand

Ah, election season. The time of year when you don’t need novelas or water cooler chat for some drama. You can lounge on the couch watching TV and, boom, a perfectly placed commercial slips in ending with “I am so and so, and I approve this message.” (Uh huh, as if it was hard to guess.) Yup, it’s upon us full throttle—and you can’t avoid it. So what do you do when the subject of politics comes up? If you’re at work, you may try to keep your opinions pretty neutral, depending on who’s in the conversation, because you never really know what others think. Yet, even when you talk to friends in a “safe space,” you may realize you have very different views. Throw social media into the mix—where you have even a broader range of opinions—and you learn more about people’s political views than you ever cared to know. There’s nothing wrong with disagreeing on a topic. But let’s face it, differences can make you judge someone—even if you don’t realize it. It’s like when I tell … [Read more...]

Are References Still Relevant? Yes!

In 2016, you may not think managing references warrants much time. Between researching job opportunities online, interviewing, and networking, your plate is full. Yet a reference can still make or break a job offer, and you can’t automatically assume you’ll get a good one, even if your tenure at your company passed without a hiccup. “About half of all references that get checked receive an assessment of mediocre to poor,” says Heidi Allison of Allison & Taylor**, a professional reference checking firm.* Read on for five steps on how to ensure your references are as strong as possible. 1.Recognize their hidden benefits to you. By staying in touch with your references and letting them know what you’re up to, you’re networking. You’ll keep your professional relationships alive and well, and you never know…in a few years, this person could be at a new company as a future employer or a potential partner in a new venture. A reference is more than just a ticket to a new … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Are You a Job Title or a Personal Brand?

What do you say when people ask you, “What do you do?” or “What’s your job?” If you’re like most people, you answer with either your job title or the industry you’re in or the company you work for. And THAT’S what makes most people generic, replaceable and just another cog in the wheel in the eyes of the people who matter to them professionally. The key distinction is: Are you a job title or a personal brand? The Difference between a Job Title and a Personal Brand Let me explain what I mean. You have two choices when you want to talk about what you do. You get to decide if you want to be generic or specific. You can be a job title or a personal brand. It’s all up to you. For example, you can say, “I’m a nutritionist.” OR you can say, “I treat your kid’s illness with my proprietary diets.” Another example: you can say, “I’m a real estate agent.” OR you can say, “No matter how bad your credit is, I can help you buy the property of your choosing.”  The difference is in the ‘promise’. A … [Read more...]