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You may (or may not) have noticed that I have been a little MIA lately on the internet. My blog hasn't been updated as often as I'd like and my social media posts have been slim. It's not that I've been lazy or slacking. I promise you, I have been up to so much good!
LinkedIn is an amazing tool for networking and for promoting your professional career. If used properly, it has the ability to catapult your career into success.Want to know how? Follow this checklist to make your profile reach super star status and gain the most attention from movers and shakers.
This morning started the pre-conference workshops at Ragan Communications' Social Media Conference for PR, Marketing and Corporate Communications hosted at Disney World. Mark Ragan, CEO, kicked off the morning session by asking attendees what keeps them up at night.The answers were interesting:
I'll be honest, I spend far too much time in meetings these days. And while for the most part they are vitally important, some of them are not ran well by the organizer. A well ran meeting can boost productiveness and help attendees and stakeholders be more clear about their action items and duties. Here are my five tips for having the most productive meeting:
So you know all about icebergs already and how what you see floating around in open waters is only a small fraction of the entire iceberg. For what is viable above the waterline there is a much larger part hidden beneath. This is an excellent metaphor for success.
Winter in Michigan is a magical time... for about four weeks. The time between Thanksgiving and New Years is a beautiful winter wonderland for us Michiganders. It's the time where our mitten shaped state really shines! But then the holiday decorations disappear and the snow turns black. January is a gloomy time (despite of my January birthday). Daylight hours are starting to increase this time of year but in the last month Michigan has seen little to no actual sunshine further pushing us into post-holiday despair. I hard to stay motivated when all you really want to do is cuddle into a blanket with some tea and watch Netflix. But you have to pull yourself up by the fluffy socks and remember to stay focused on your goals and keep moving forward.
Last year I started working at from home a day a week to not only save me time in commuting but to also increase my productivity and output. However working from home isn't as easy as you think. Sure I can work in my PJs and get a little more sleep but it takes a lot of discipline. Over the last few months I learned a lot about how to stay focused and how to get the job done when working from home.
I have always wanted to share my wealth of knowledge on social media marketing, branding, and all around being an awesome entrepreneur to help others so I am very excited to announce that in 2017 I will be bringing a lot more offerings to this site!
This new year means you have a new blank slate. It's like writing a book, every chapter is blank until you fill it. Don't like who you are? Change it. Don't like who you're with? Change it. Don't like where you are? CHANGE IT! The possibilities are endless! You are the author of your own story. Now that we have 2016 out of the way, it is time to make room for your best chapter yet—2017. And the best way to to start anew is with a blank slate, both physically and mentally.
This summer I accepted a new position. This "new" position just happened to be my "old" position. Almost two years ago, to the date, I left a company I had been with for four years in search of something more. I loved my role and the company but I wanted to learn more and experience more of the industry—so I left.
You know what to do and you know you need to put your best foot forward. But how can you do that if you're not feeling your absolute best?! I think the one thing that was so often forget (it's so easy, yet so obvious), is taking care of ourselves. Anything worth having in your life, such as your dream career, is worth working for and along with that is probably a certain level of responsibilities and stress.
LinkedIn allows any of its 433 Million global users to share their thoughts on professional topics via their news feature. This feature, which is similar to a standard blog, allows every professional the opportunity to get his or her voice and work out there on the web and show your their value.
Now that you have the job offer in hand it's important to take some time and really evaluate your decision before accepting. Remember, this is a place you’re (hopefully) going to be for a while, so you want to take the time you need to determine whether it’s going to be the right fit for you.
If you ask any recruiter, they'll tell you that your application/resume has to "sell them" within the first minute. And, surprise surprise, their attention spans don't increase when they're sourcing candidates on LinkedIn either. In fact, most recruiters will only spend about 10 seconds on each profile. Crazy! So how can you grab their attention and hold it long enough to really make a positive impression?
A lot of small businesses are still shying away from taking a deep dive into social media and unfortunately, at this point, it's either "do or die" when it comes to marketing. You either join in on the fun or risk fading away in obscurity. I tell all of them the same thing: You need to be there. You need to stop making excuses. You need to stop putting it off. It is time to embrace social media... for your business's sake.
In 2014 I was awarded One Person Wonder by the Michigan Business and Professionals Association—for my work for my work/life balance between my full-time career in public relations, part-time freelance gigs, owning and designing jewelry for Urban Solstice, and my volunteer and community work including a Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan Troop Leader—and from that time on, I have consistently had to answer the question "How do you get everything done?!" And my answer had always been, "I have no idea! I just do!" But the reality of the situation is that I was (and still am) struggling to say "No."
I have made it my own personal goal over the last year to travel as much a possible. And as my career heats up, I find myself appreciating time away more and more. And with each trip I find myself getting more out of the experience for my career.
In honor of International Women's Day, here are a few resources for women looking for professional development and mentoring opportunities in Metro Detroit:
Since a bad first impression could cost you a job or a valuable contact/networking opportunity, your profile picture is arguably one of the most important elements of your profile. To make sure you're putting your best foot (or shall I say, face) out there, your picture should convey your competence, likability, and influence.