Stuck In A Career Rut?
by Deborah Brown-Volkman - Oct, 2009
Are you in a career that you dislike but you feel there is nothing you can do about it? Many of us stay in our careers (and jobs) longer than we want because we are unsure what we would do next. We tell ourselves that the answer will come to us someday. Then, we will make our move. Or, when the economy improves, we'll go. But in the meantime, we stay where we are, stuck and unhappy. Your career does not get better unt...
First, You Gotta Eat the Frog!
by Valerie Sokolosky - Oct, 2009
Want to become more productive? Want to be more productive not just today but every day? Then first, you gotta eat the frog. Mark Twain said it – if you eat a frog first thing in the morning that will probably be the worst thing you’ll do all day. Okay – we don’t mean literally eating one of those little green toads from the garden. Actually they’re too valuable to eat. But what we do mean is starting your day by tacking...
Admit You Need Help, Build Your Strengths
by Ramon Greenwood - Oct, 2009
Forget the macho mode. You are not expected to know everything or to be perfect in all regards as your pursue your career goals. Never be afraid to admit you need help and then ask for it. Many careerists, otherwise smart and capable, hamstring themselves by believing they lose face if they say, "Hey, I don't understand this problem, much less what to do about it. Please help me." Career Tip: Asking for help is not a sig...
Five Pitfalls Every Speaker Should Beware Of
by Yvonne Brown - Oct, 2009
Pitfall #1 - Know your Audience Today's audience consists of multiple generations each with their unique expectations from the speaker. For the first time in history there are five generations in your audience. One generation likes lecture style, another likes to share expertise. The next generation likes you to ask their opinion & the youngest two generations prefer role play, videos and other media. How can you tell...
Career & Life Blending Tips
by Beth Wellesley - Oct, 2009
Daily Bright Spots & Other Useful Tips Observing Daily Bright Spots People who have worked with Promoting Brilliance, Inc. know that we advocate for observing your Daily Bright Spots. This practice makes you aware of the many ways your day is going well and all of the good people and experiences you are creating, manifesting, and allowing into your work and personal life. Take note daily for 2-3 weeks and you will experi...
Effective Use of Email Correspondence
by Beth Wellesley - Oct, 2009
Working with fewer resources this year has created more pressure and stress for many professionals, and some of the signs of this stress are leaking into our daily communications. These recommendations may serve as reminder or be news to you, whatever the case remember you are in charge of how you communicate using the varied tools we have at our disposal. Use them wisely to develop productive, respectful working relationships...
Be Who You Want to Be
by Alexandra Levit - Oct, 2009
In high school, you probably had a friend whom all the parents loved. You remember the type: good student, athletic team star, community volunteer, kind to children and animals, etc, etc. This kid never got in trouble and always did everything that was expected of her. And every time your mom or dad praised her, you would feel a little twinge of envy. A part of you wished you were that kid. The part of us that wants to be l...
Carved In Granite
by Nan S. Russell - Oct, 2009
In the Black Hills of South Dakota, carved in granite, the six-story faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt create a grand impression viewed from a distant, or standing on the national monument's viewing terrace. Visiting Mount Rushmore on vacation, I found the documentary of its making fascinating. Weeks later, one story stayed with me. It turns out the sculptor, Gutzon Borglum...
Instant Really Isn’t
by Barbara Giamanco - Oct, 2009
Instantaneous: occurring with no delay; “relief was instantaneous”; “instant gratification” It is sooo tempting to want instant. Instant success, instant love, instant cash flow, instant sales, instant weight loss...basically, instant results. It’s human I suppose. We feel pain and then want something – anything – to give us instant relief. Instant is a myth, except perhaps in just one thing. We can instantly decide to c...
Are You Ready To Go From Procrastination To Productivity?
by Sharon Melnick, Ph.D. - Oct, 2009
70% of North Americans report that they procrastinate. And 20%, or 1 in 5 of you are a chronic procrastinator. Are you one of them? What is something you are procrastinating on today? Usually when we think about someone who procrastinates, we get an image in our head of someone who is “lazy”sitting in front of the TV with a beer, or surfing the Internet all day long. For sure if you have such a negative image of yourself, y...
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