Monday, February 27, 2012

What will March bring us?

It can bring you whatever you want. Do you really know what you want? Life presents us with so many opportunities and we never see nor hear them. Sometimes we need to slow down and "smell the roses" as the old cliche goes. We miss these opportunities because we aren't listening or pushing ourselves to only look for the ones we are cognizant of. There are so many others that could of value if we'd just investigate.
It is good to listen to our heart.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Help others first

Remember that networking is not about you but it is about the other person. The more you practice this idea you will find that the ROI, return on investment, will pay you back handsomely. Recognizing that you are looking to be re-employed you still want to listen carefully to others first. When you listen to them you never know what you might learn or who you might be able to meet.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Connecting vs. networking

Sometimes I feel some folks have a misunderstanding about networking. Some feel it entails running around a room dispensing their business cards and collecting cards from others then complaining that it was a lousy networking event. Had they actually be "connecting" and building personal relationships they may have felt the outcome was different. In my opinion it is more useful, in life, to get to know others better than to search for the perfect partners.
Some will try to cut through the chafe and only connect with who is the best prospect only to find out later they may not have been. Sometimes trying to be efficient can lead to fewer connections.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentines day

Here we are again at another Valentines day. Are you prepared? Are your cards sent out? Have you bought any presents you had planned on getting?
Are you still laying out your appointments for next week? You should, never stop seeing people. Get out of the house and meet someone new. Meeting past friends is always good to and be sure to discuss positive accomplishments.You never know what you may learn or the other person may learn from such conversations.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Having fun

Are you having fun as you travel on this journey? If not my question to you is "Why not?"
Part of your job to yourself is to make this fun and enjoyable. If you boil it down you may find that one reason it isn't fun is because your may get rejected and that isn't fun. How can you change this? Remember that you normally will be rejected far more times than you will be accepted. You don't want to compromise yourself and be offered a position you actually don't want. Remember that working where you are unhappy is still worse off than being unemployed.

Thursday, February 2, 2012


What is this "thing" called networking? It is a task we have done forever. It began back in the sandbox when we introduced our old friend to a new friend. We continued through school introducing friends to friends continuing after college. We did it at church, sports venues, extracurricular activities and so on.
Then when we become unemployed we read about and hear about the need to get out there and network. Many folks cringe at the thought. They will compare it to "cold calling" sometimes.
My suggestion is to treat networking with a fun attitude. It is fun to meet new people and learn about them. Where they are from, what they like to do, where they like traveling to. The art of getting know others.
You will find it can be fun when you be sure to make it fun.