How to Network: 10 Tips for Mastering the Art of Networking

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Networking is something we all do naturally and effortlessly without thinking about. If you move to a new town and need a dentist, you start asking neighbors and colleagues for a referral. Business networking can be just as natural and easy. However, if you've ever attended a networking event or business meeting to arrive back at the office with stacks of business cards you've collected and then can't remember who the vast majority of these people are, you will realize the importance of being memorable and making a lasting impression. After years of being a member of  a business networking club, of trying desperately to make an impression at large corporate functions, and of being a small business owner, I've learned just how important it is to find a way to network with ease or, let's face it, you simply won't do it. Here are few tips that I've picked up along the way... 1. Get Your Personal and Emotional Needs Met. Before you even bother attending any events or functions, first... Read More →

Stuck in a Rut: Changing Habits Made Easy

We are creatures of habit, which is neither good nor bad. We can easily get stuck in a bad rut, but as well we can use this same natural tendency to get stuck in a good rut. The trick to changing is not to make a whole bunch of changes at once, but rather to make one tiny, easy peasy change at a time. And it actually doesn't matter that much what you change. In one intriguing book, Do Something Different Diet, showed that dieters had successful results by simply changing one thing they did each day. You could wear red socks instead of blue or you could drive a different route to work or you could eat dinner for breakfast. It didn't matter if the habits were food-related or not. Excess fat, like excess clutter, is associated with stuck or stagnant energy. By simply doing something different every day, you shake things up and lose weight as a side benefit. Small changes lead to bigger changes without effort. So if thinking about changing your eating and exercise routines (or lack thereof!)... Read More →

What’s My USP? Use one of these 3 Templates for Creating Your Elevator Speech

If you have ever struggled to come up with a snappy elevator speech these templates will help you create one in a flash. First impressions are lasting and having a powerful short introduction about your services will make sure you maximise your personal or professional brand. [Article compliments of Margie Cherry of Lafayette College]. 1. Method #1 I help _______ by doing _______that______, _____and _____. Example: I help job seekers by writing resumes that open doors, generate interviews, and outperform the competition   2. Method #2 (Who am I?) ________ (adjective /Identifying Noun) ________ (pick one: eager to; driven to; with a passion for; with a strong interest in) _______ (what you do) verb-ing for the ________ (industry or population) through-by/____________(adjective/ noun.) Example: Energetic new Bio grad eager to create solutions for the Pharma industry through application of meticulous research and exceptional analytical skills. 3. Method #3 Ask these 3 questions... Read More →

3 Simple Tips to Make Healthy Eating Easy

September is a great time to change your habits -- even better than January. Our routines often break over the summer while we are taking a vacation, making September the ideal time to establish new routines when the kids go back to school. Now is the perfect time to stop drinking coffee, take a walk every morning or install some other healthy habits. Here are three simple tips to institute healthy eating habits, but feel free to choose your own:     1. Keep a Food Diary. This isn't a new idea, but it is amazing how few people actually do it even though studies have shown that writing down everything you eat is a better predictor of weight loss than exercise! All you have to do is get a portable notebook that you can carry with you at all time. The key is to write down EVERYTHING that passes those lips, yes, even that single piece of hard candy you slipped into your mouth without thinking while waiting at a reception desk. After one or two weeks of consistent recording,... Read More →

Communication Skills for Women in the Workplace

Why can't a woman be like a man? Why is it that women need a different strategy to be successful when working with men or in a male-dominated company or business? How come women can't just do what we feel comfortable with and break through the glass ceiling? There are three reasons just for starters: Men don't like questions. Women do. Men don't have high-pitched voices. Many women do. Cultural expectations are different for men and women. Women are raised to be nice. Men to be right, which is why many men don't like asking for directions and women can't figure out what the fuss is all about! So let's start with one simple technique that you can use right now today to improve your communication skills with men. Stop asking questions. Instead use statements or simply give instructions. You can practice right now with your husband, mate, or children. Instead of saying, "Hi honey, how was your day?" try this, "Hi honey, tell me about your day." Notice the subtle difference. You will... Read More →

Life Coach: Your Happiness Project

Studies have shown that people who feel more successful than their friends are happier than people who feel less successful. That made me laugh—maybe all you need for happiness is poorer friends! The Dalai Lama says most people base their happiness on comparisons to others. A study evaluated lottery winners and the impact winning had on their lives. The same researchers also studied another group—paraplegics. The study revealed that six months after winning the lottery or becoming a paraplegic, both groups had the same level of happiness. So winning the lottery will make you just about as happy as becoming a paraplegic. I stopped buying lottery tickets. Why buy a ticket if all you need to do is jump in front of a bus? (I’m not jumping in front of any buses either!) Here’s a much more useful tip: First, write down everything you would buy, do, have or be if you did win the lottery. What changes would you make in your life? What would you do differently? Then, make those changes... Read More →

Organize Your Life

If work expands to fill the available time, the solution is to reduce the amount of time you have to get the work done. When pressed, most people can get the job done in half the time they are currently using. Have you ever noticed that the day before you are leaving for a trip you always manage to clean out an entire in-box that has been jammed for weeks? There is nothing like an incentive to get a body moving. How could you get your work done in half the time? It may take some creative thinking, but it is well worth the effort. If you have a pile of paperwork on your desk, set an alarm for one hour and see if you can beat the clock. Tons of files to clean up? Set a morning aside and get a buddy who wants to work on a project of his or her own. Every hour call each other up for a two-minute progress report. One of my clients kept saying she was going to clean up all the piles of papers in her office, but it just wasn't getting done. We set up a Saturday morning, I worked on my in-box... Read More →

Communication Skills: The Powerful 4-step Communication Model

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A great step towards improving your communication skills either at work, or in your personal life, is to establish a list of your boundaries and let others know how you'd like to be treated going forward. It requires a bit of re-education on your part as in effect, you have 'trained' people to treat you the way you do by not saying anything or allowing the unwanted behaviour to occur. You can change this immediately by using this very powerful, four-step communication model. This works on everyone from bosses to children, but in order to work, you must use a flat, neutral tone of voice for all four steps. No anger, righteousness, indignation, snideness etc. You may need to calm down with a few deep breaths so that you can speak calmly and neutrally. You'll want to speak just as if you were stating a fact like, “The sky is blue.” 4- Step Communication Model: Inform. e.g. “Do you realize that you are fifteen minutes late?” Request. “I ask that when you are meeting me, you... Read More →

How To Attract Success: Do Work You Love, Discover Your Natural Gifts and Talents

Some people seem to be born knowing what their natural gifts and talents are, and they know exactly what they want to do in life. I was a bit jealous of these people because I was born with a strong sense of purpose, feeling that there was something important I was supposed to do, but no clue as to what that might be. I was pretty good at a lot of different things but not so extraordinarily good at any one thing. It just wasn't obvious what I was supposed to do. No one attracts success more than someone who is doing what he or she loves to do. When you are doing what you love, your eyes sparkle, you are happy and excited about life, you are full of energy and joy. You feel satisfied, content, turned on. Given all this, why don't we do what we love? It is perverse how much time we spend doing what we don't love to do. The latest research indicates that 50 percent of the western world is in the wrong job. Given the amount of complaining I hear at parties, this seems to be a fairly accurate... Read More →

Life Coach: Use the Career Change Kit™ to Find Your Ideal Job

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Hiring a life coach to help you through a period of your life where you might need some extra support to achieve a specific goal – such as a career change, is a practical and rewarding experience. You can arrange to have a fixed period of 1:1 life coaching as a short term way to reach your goal. Changing careers and finding a new career path is also so much easier when we can understand who we are and what we are good at! Each of us is born with the talents to be remarkable at something...the secret is identifying those talents, then working where you can use them. When you need a career change... Sometimes our professions or jobs cause problems that affect not only our working hours but our personal lives. The need to consider a career change is often manifested in job burnout and job stress. To find a cure for a work-related problem, you need to identify the symptoms and the cause. Here are only some of the possible signs or causes: Overwork: working late or on weekends, taking... Read More →

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