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Never saw it coming…really?

I remember an Austin employer who was concerned about the optics of a 300-person layoff. This was back in the day when our go-go economy gave everyone a sense of ease. The company announced layoffs 6 months out, 3 months out, 1 month out and 1 week out. They set up a Career Center with […]

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Life is one giant work-around

The past few months I’ve been dealing with some pretty serious health issues – all while trying to serve my clients, build my business, volunteer, and be a super-wife, super-mom and super-grandma. You do all that, too. I know. The doctor who literally SAVED my life pronounced me “sensitive” to four main ingredients of everyday […]

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It’s a new day

It is with great sadness that I write this post. My step-daughter passed away last week. Right after a loss, there is numbness, disbelief and unbelievable sadness. Then, there is anger – looking for someone or some circumstance to blame. And, then, maybe guilt: “What could I have done that I didn’t do?”  My daughter was in […]

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Want more success? Be more likeable.

Who doesn’t want more success? Success means getting the job you want, having great relationships with family and friends. On an everyday level, it means having happy conversations, resolving issues with grace, creating less hassle and stress in your life. In short, success means getting what you want, nicely. We all know likeable people move […]

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5 Easy Networking Hacks

80% of jobs are achieved through networking. Business owners get their best advice through networking conversations. Yet, many of us consider it a giant waste of time. Here’s why: Just meeting people briefly in a public event is NOT networking. Networking needs to be a 1:1 conversation, 15-60 minutes, where both parties are focused on […]

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Give, Give, Give, Get

That’s a rule for networking. And, I heard this formula at a recent networking event! It means that you give in a networking situation, and give and give – before you ask anything in return. Think of it this way: if you come on too strong with the attitude of “Gimme, gimme, gimme,” the other […]

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Who wouldn’t want to be in the VA world?

A client asked me that recently. I had to stop and think: Veterans Administration? Virginia? Virtual Assistant? Turns out, she was talking about Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. She is very excited about this field and really wants to find her next career there. You see, what you want for your life is specific and […]

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What’s BIG enough to celebrate?

My friends and family know that I LOVE a party. So, I attend nearly every one I’m invited to, and I throw a lot of parties myself. Do you stop to celebrate your wins? Is it common for you to go out for dinner to mark an interview, a birthday, or an anniversary? Do you […]

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Thoughts that keep you stuck in a low-paying job

It’s OK. You’ve been conditioned to think thoughts that keep you stuck. Negative, reflexive thoughts are designed by your brain to keep you safe. My purpose is to dispel those reflexive thoughts and provide a new look at career change. When you get your thinking aligned with your real power and talent, you can literally […]