Career Lessons From A Knight’s Tale Movie

In honor of Heath Ledger’s death, I wanted to point out some great career lessons taken from A Knight’s Tale. For many reasons, A Knight’s Tale is my favorite movie that Heath starred in. I loved his charm, wit, determination, and cute smile. Plus, what woman doesn’t like a handsome guy jousting for his career! I love the Medieval…

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Sending Thank You Notes After Meetings

People often ask me how I take my networking to a deeper level. I think it’s important to recognize how you want to develop your personal brand while you’re networking. If you’re unclear about your personal brand, you probably shouldn’t be networking. For me, I’m known for asking tough questions which leads people to be…

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What Does A Company Stand For?

Recently purchased a top from the prAna brand. It’s a pretty shirt with butterflies, a woman’s face and earthy watery colors. I like the top and it’s comfortable. I didn’t even know anything about the company until I got home and took the tag off. I was struck by the poignancy of the comments on the tag……

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Social Media and Career Management

We all know that there are a lot of social media sites out there. But, you don’t have to use them all to make a difference in your career. I also don’t want you to stick your head in the sand and not use any of the online tools available to you. There are some…

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Misspelled Words on LinkedIn Profile

The other day, I was looking at the profile of a LinkedIn connection. I was caught off guard… something wasn’t right about his headline. Then it dawned on me – he misspelled a key word: Guranteed Marketing Results. And the misspelling was on his headline nonetheless. Oops!I chuckled to myself and thought, “How can you guarantee me results when…

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Share Your Life

While facilitated a book club style meeting, there was an attendee who shared something personal about his life and that share allowed him to connect with the other attendees at a deeper level.  The group consisted of many professionals (both unemployed and employed) and he shared that he loves to swim and in particular, he…

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LinkedIn Pet Peeve

Between speaking to groups, client interactions, attending networking meetings, and all the various people who are referred to me, I receive LinkedIn invites nearly everyday. Most of the invites have this same comment: “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.” Connecting with people isn’t a problem at all. But what is the…

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12 Lessons Learned from The Bee Movie

I finally saw The Bee Movie. Such a sweet movie packed with a lot of great messages about life and especially about work. Being the ever-alert career coach, I picked up on some great life and career lessons to be learned while watching The Bee Movie; including: Barry Bee questions why bees have to do the…

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Create the Best Environment for the Best Conversations

Recently, a client found herself struggling with some direct reports. It felt like she was often hitting up against a wall when trying to communicate with the people who she was supposed to be managing. She wanted to be able to have good, solid conversations with them, but it was not happening. As we evaluated…

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Are You a Good Communicator?

When it comes to communication, I think people feel like they are better communicators than they really are. Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you feel like you communicated something really well and yet the receiving party seemed to just not get it? Well, you’re not alone. Most people think they really…

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