Sunday, August 30, 2009

Social Media

Are you using social media networks yet? The most common reason why folks aren't using them is "TIME" or lack of. The second is the uncertainty of the value or how to use it.

The fact is this new phenomena is here to stay. Not only stay but change and grow by the days. You needn't become an expert, just start using them and become familiar.

Your results will appear in time just like many other tasks you've taken on and seen results later.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Dog Days of Summer

Oh yes! It is summer and on same days it is hard to get out there. I hate to sweat anymore as it is uncomfortable, tiring and makes a mess of my clothes. Ergo it is easier to stay inside an air conditioned house and mope around or kill time.

Don't make as many appointments, go out and remember there are some people that would love to be able to even get out but they will never be able to. We still have it good. The weather is a great topic to discuss and start your conversations with.

When you get home take a quick shower and cool off, then you can sit and reflect. You'll be happier that you got out. Remember feeling good about yourself is preferable to being mad at yourself.

Sunday, August 23, 2009


We all know we will have one at the end of the trail. Whether we write it or others do for us. When I see most resumes I think of an obituary. Most actually read like one. Here is what I have done in the past. I find resumes are one of those necessary evils. Everyone wants them yet they actually work more as a rejection tool.

The game for you is to try and be proactive with your resume. Get across what you can do for the potential employer. When that catches their attention then you can follow up with how and why you can.

This is definitely one good reason to pay someone to help you with your resume, get that impartial input. No matter how you handle resumes remember that the important function here is to get in front of people.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

It's George's Birthday

Who's George? George is my younger brother. He was named after our Great Grandfather and the Doctor that delivered us both (Dr. George Hall). Today is his birthday.

Life's dreams are all in our head. Many years ago in our early careers George came out of the military and landed a job at a prestigious up and coming high tech company. Good pay, benefits and territory. He couldn't be happier. Meanwhile I had changed jobs several times in my quest for my destiny. Dad told me it was time to settle down and stay at a job and quit job hopping.

As the years went on George and I would talk. I envied him because he was building seniority, retirement and has peace of mind by being satisfied with his job. As it turned out he was envious of me for moving up the ladder, able to talk to anybody and trying new things. The old proverbial grass is greener on the other side of the fence.

The years are past now as neither of us actually work a regular job. George was retired after 34 years at the same company and I don't punch the time clock for many companies.

The take away is we have to what is best for us. Not what others think. We have control of our destiny and it is up to us to act on it. Not wait for others to make those decisions for us.

Happy Birthday George, thank you for your service to our country.
You can send George a Happy Birthday if you care.

Sunday, August 16, 2009


Can't talk too much about listening. A skill we need, have and are told to do yet who teaches it?

When we "really" learn to listen proactively it is amazing what we learn. Besides learning what the other is saying to us it is also good for asking pertinent questions to further our knowledge. Half of knowledge is asking useful questions. Questions are good for us and it also assists the person talking how to be more effective.

Remember that listening is much more than "HEARING". You know you are listening well when you get those a ha moments. Besides hearing the noise you also comprehended the meaning.

This is so appropriate for interviews Grow your listening skills and you will be more successful in being offered that next opportunity.

Where to learn more about listening: Attend a Toastmasters meeting.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

When should you pay to attend a networking event?

A familiar question. If we are not gainfully employed, bringing in a cash flow, the question arises to whether or not you want to expend valuable cash.You may want to look at it from another view point. First, can you have fun? Second, will you meet people?Your ability to network or reticulate with as many people as you can is paramount in your success in attaining your next goal. You may want to look at paying, to attend an event, as an investment in your future.

Monday, August 10, 2009

"The Art of Reticulation or Networking 101"

This is the title of my upcoming talk at Portlandia on Aug. 20, 2009. Portlandia is a business group mainly designed for women in business yet is open to all. If you'd like to expand your circles and meet some new faces please be sure and sign up and attend. It is a great group of folks.

This talk will encompass networking, how it came about and my involvement. Some tips for how to better "reticulate", why to do it and the value. You'll hear how I became a "maven" of networking as someone called me.

If you're not reticulating you may find you're alone.

Thursday, August 6, 2009


Reticulation is nothing more than networking, yet it is a different word from our vocabulary. Why does it catch our attention at first? Because it is different.

As you go about your search for that new opportunity what are you doing to be different or better yet to stand out? Not show stuff, or fancy schmancy but truly different that makes someone need to learn more about you. You need to be interesting, you need to always be listening for the signals and most of all have that ability to to project and sound confident and knowledgeable. Where would one receive this kind of training?

You knew it, you knew right where I was going. Toastmasters, yes Toastmasters is the place. This is no cheap sell folks, it is something that will be fun, assist you in all aspects of life and extremely affordable.

Ask me sometime.

Sunday, August 2, 2009


Promptness can be a factor in what others think of you. My guess is when someone asks for your resume you get it to them within a day.

Yet! When someone asks you to connect with them on a social networking sight do you promptly invite them? One way I can see into ones sincerity is when they either send an invite promptly or not.

Think about it!