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7 Questions to make new friends

If you dread networking events as much as getting a root canal, you’re going about it the wrong way. The real purpose of a networking event is to make new acquaintances, NOT pump other professionals for information that serves you. When meeting people, the first step is to establish rapport, and that always means finding […]

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May the Force be with you

“May the Force be with you” is a phrase used to wish luck or good will, generally when people part ways or when one of them is facing some sort of imminent challenge. There’s a real lesson here for career professionals and job seekers. Using the Force—or positive energy—in your career can make it more […]

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Do you trust your Career GPS?

Imagine you are driving from Austin, Texas to Santa Fe, New Mexico. You start out at night, and you have your GPS set. You don’t know the entire route. In fact, you can see just 300 feet ahead of you because of your car headlamps. Yet, you are willing to keep driving forward, not really […]

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Lunch Ladies in Texas?

A job loss—even if voluntary – will often throw even the most clear-headed adult into a tizzy. Suddenly, the ego is confused about who it is. That happened to a client I’ll call Lunch Lady. Lunch Lady built a marketing program for a huge school system’s nutrition program in another state. She did it from […]

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Dig your well before you’re thirsty

John Mackay, an envelope company owner from Minnesota, made himself famous by writing Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty, a book about networking BEFORE you are out of a job, desperate for someone to help you. Hey, what a concept. Today, I’m offering career coaching BEFORE you are out of work, desperate for someone to […]

Job Campaign – Webinar Recording  7-17-2017 (Audio Only)

I’d like to pick your brain

Really? Does that even sound nice? Your mother might tell you that’s something nice people don’t say at the dinner table. It’s also something you shouldn’t say when asking for a networking meeting. Four other things you shouldn’t do: Don’t assume you know anything about the person. Don’t focus the conversation on you and your […]