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How do I break into an industry where I have no connections?

Many people are job hunting these days, and some are shifting gears and changing paths in a major way. Might this be you? Try these strategic steps: Design. Ask yourself what “Great” or “Success” could look (and feel) like in a new career. I call this creating your...

How do I stand out?

Maybe you recognize this scenario?  You’ve signed up to attend a networking or social event. Maybe even a conference. Great! You’ve invested the time, resources, and so on. Now what? A great way to prep is to take a few moments to set your Vison for what...

When “How’s it going?” or “What’s new?” get you nowhere…

We all have them: the standard greetings and inquiries we use when we’re attempting to make conversation with a friend, neighbor, co-worker, customer, prospect, fellow networker, Great Aunt Janelle, or whoever. Problem is, many of these standard questions, such...

Five secrets to staying young

Are you wondering where I’ve been for the last several weeks? Maybe not. In this era of email and information overload, you probably didn’t even notice I’d gone missing!  If you’re remotely interested, I was preparing for, enjoying, and...

Your first step toward better conversations

“Ugh! I’m just not very good at this,” she said. This person was a participant in an online community gathering where I was the special guest. We were deep into a Q&A session that was generating a lot of rich discussion. The woman elaborated, saying, “I interrupt...