How to Build Credibility with Testimonials

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Professionalism is an art that challenges us to put forth our best public image and manifest our highest self-image. To be professional is to maintain a level of conduct that produces positive outcomes for all parties involved. This is how we build credibility. When we think of professional development, often …

Networking for Long-Term Value

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Imagine yourself at a networking event. There you are, dressed in your best professional clothes because that’s what the advertisement suggested on Meetup.com. You’re standing at the front entrance. It’s about 45 minutes after the event started; you didn’t want to be the absolute first one to walk in without …

Reputation Management for Career Growth

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Strategic planning is at the core of career reputation management. Preparation. Positioning. Thinking not just of how circumstances are now but how they can be in the future. How a professional intends to direct that future. This connects quite conveniently to the knowledge of time in metaphysics, which proposes that …

Ask Questions to Enhance Workshop Engagement

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A workshop differs from a presentation or lecture in the focus on the “work” in the “shop” the space creates. Some kind of effort is done that places the audience in a direct experience of the topic. In a workshop, the audience tends to leave with results from the activities …

How a Blog Creates Career Development Value

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If you use an Internet search engine to research a topic, if you aren’t absorbing information from an organization you’re likely to do so from someone’s blog. Test it out for yourself. Search “The best way to shine shoes” and scan the first 10 links. Blogs. “Blogging” is defined by …

The Value of Having a Business Card

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The business card is one of the most common resources for professionals and non-professional interests alike. I remember experimenting with a number of card designs during undergrad. I’d go to Vistaprint and toy with the options. Choosing different titles, seeing which resonated most. With a large stock available and card …

2 Ways to Have Empowered Meetings

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Meetings appear to be dry gatherings of little worth, but they can be useful opportunities to expand your influence for missions you resonate with. P.S. – Meetings don’t just happen in companies and can take many forms (masterminds, lunch out, the classic golf scene, impromptu) so it’s essential to know …

3 Reasons to Take Meeting Minutes

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Unless you’re working in a well-developed organization, you may not come across meeting minutes. “Meeting minutes” are literally the minutes (or moments) recorded from a meeting. When there are many members in the meeting, it’s likely there will be plenty of information, recommendations, cross-talk, possible disputes, ideas, all sorts of …

3 Questions to Ask Employers on Interviews

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An interview is an opportunity for the candidate and employer to evaluate each other and confirm if value matches the role offered. Mentioned in one of my previous writings, this engagement is a reciprocal relationship and should be treated as such. When the candidate forgets this, she becomes susceptible to …

How to Master E-mail Management

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Two conversations over the past days sparked interest in covering E-mail management. Checking my inboxes from the multiple E-mail accounts, I thought having 40-60 new messages was a large number. Some of us are working with 1000-18,000 new inbox messages! Reflected on my time career counseling college students and this …

Corporate Mindfulness with Passionate Talk Podcast

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A few weeks ago I had the honor of being interviewed by Gary Karp of Passionate Talk. In the sense of a formal “interview,” it was not. Rather, it was more of a conversation about the value of mindfulness and its importance in professional life. Gary has a skill with …