Tag: career advice

How to Argue to Win: 7 Tips for Effective Communication

Ironically, making a powerful argument has zero to do with power and everything to do with social and language skills. When engaged in a friendly debate, professional conflict or collaborative decision making process, there are seven important tactics to keep in mind.

One of the most necessary and powerful skills anyone can have is the ability to create a strong argument. The art of arguing is typically associated with lawyers and philosophers, however, it is in our normal daily lives that all of us can benefit from the power of conveying an argument well. (So, I know …

6 Subtle Ways to Stand Out and Surpass

The desire to "fit in" and "be normal," if taken too seriously, can actually sabotage potential gains or promotions. There's a fine balance between blending in and sticking out like a sore thumb. You want your fellows and superiors to notice you, but you don't want them to run away from you either. Getting noticed is the first step toward moving up or getting what you want.

“Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re different, you will stand out.” – Anita Roddick (www.keepinspiringme.com) Though Roddick’s quote aims directly at entrepreneurs, it easily applies to any other ambitious professional or social persona. Whether you …

How To Plan a Professional & Flawless Event–10 Tips too!

I learned a valuable lesson I would not have learned otherwise: you can't rely on the venue that has invited you to already know what all your needs are. You have to ask for them upfront, and if they already know you need a music stand, or a bottle of water, or a video projector-- great! But it's better to be safe than sorry.

I was recently asked to read poetry at a new venue; I noticed some major glitches in the setup, for example, I was not formally introduced nor was I given a place to lay my reading materials. I was frustrated by these snafus of course, but I also learned a valuable lesson I would not have learned …

Should You Collaborate or Work Independently?

Working as a team and/or working alone both have their pros and cons. So which choice should you make? Tips on how to make the right choice.

Your boss wants something done. Something great. Something fresh. Something that might solve an encroaching problem that could lead to disaster. Something that might jumpstart everyone, bring excitement back into the force. She doesn’t care how you do it, who does it or what it is, but she wants a grand gesture of innovation. It …

10 Signs You Need a Break

Sometimes a break is all you need for a push

I’ll admit it. I eat lunch at my desk, in front of my computer, annoyed that one of my hands is not available for typing. What can I say? I wanna get work done when I’m at work. Seems and even feels logical enough. Right? Apparently, my logic is completely illogical. While eating lunch at …

The Unlikely Bookworm, Part II: Marilyn Monroe’s To Do List

Learn from the the most well known Hollywood star in the world. Once you read her To Do list you catch an inspirational glimpse.

Words– Find out their meanings  -Marilyn Monroe Part II, Marilyn Monroe’s To Do List (For Part I, please click here) Marilyn Monroe, the most recognizable Hollywood star in the world, had another side to her shimmering coin of a self. She was a bookworm. She pushed herself towards books and higher education as much as …

What NOT to Write in Professional Emails

Think before you click!Today, emailing has become a balancing act, especially in the work place. With competitive energy and emotions rising, it's important to know what's appropriate and inappropriate in email writing. Here's 10 "don't" to remember when you're writing your next professional email.

As a freshman in college, I’d come in from the pool, bikini still on, open my account my and poof! There would be an email from a crush back home, or a health article from my mom, a vibrant, goofy animated Thinking of You card, a just-writing-to-say-Hello note. I remember how fun emailing was. I …

Meet Your New Personal Assistant: The Timer on your Phone

Meet your new personal assistant, your phone's timer! Check out 8 ways it can help you boost performance.

Sometimes just a few minutes of your day can harvest longterm benefits. Letting a timer organize your hours for you frees up the energy you would use normally use on time management for more creative or innovative thinking. Here’s a list of inventive ways to use your timer at work 🙂 8 Ways to Utilize …

Patience is not a Virtue; it’s a Habit

Replace your impatience with patience to watch your success bloom and your anxiety lessen. 10 tips on how to grow patience.

Whenever a colleague would ask a convoluted question at the end of a meeting that kept us all waiting longer, of course I practiced the facial expression of intrigue, the mechanical little nodding to insinuate awareness and attention.  My thoughts and nerves, however, sharply contrasted my appearance and mannerisms. “Wow,” I would think, “some of …

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