To Act On True Callings Requires Courage & Faith In Yourself

I’ve been skimming through a book called Callings: Finding and following an authentic Life by Gregg Levoy. It’s about vocational callings. The dictionary definition says that a vocation is “a strong feeling of suitability for a particular career or occupation.” Being “called,” as Levoy puts it, is to be summoned away…

Marny Lifshen’s “Top 10 Networking Mistakes”

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Earlier this week I presented a workshop during the Executive Women in Texas Government conference in Bastrop, Texas. I was paid in kind by the association with a wonderful luncheon and was able to attend 2 workshops given by other presenters. I was particularly impressed with Marny Lifshen and her program, “The Top Ten Mistakes Women Make in Networking.” While Marny’s observations about the overall differences in the way men and women have traditionally approached networking were spot on, her tips weren’t ALL gender-specific because…

Don’t Just Sit There, Make The Connection

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You know, as well as I, that you can go to an event in a room filled with people and leave without making any connections. I know because I’ve observed it for many years. And until I became a savvy networker, I used to do it too!

The Scene: You sit at a round table with 7 other strangers at a professional luncheon. You and the people at your table hardly make eye contact as you busy yourselves with eating, maybe politely asking someone to pass the salt. The presentation starts…

Career Development Is A Life-Long Endeavor: keep going back to the ball

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When I was a kid, I loved watching all the Peanuts specials on TV. The characters were so awesome. Snoopy, who entertained himself in his boredom with a wild imagination. Linus, who was brilliant but full of insecurities. Sally with her naturally curly hair and over-abundance of vanity about it. Schroeder’s intensity and single-minded determination about playing the piano. Lucy, the bossy, busy-body, know-it-all nag. And poor Charlie Brown. He tried and tried but…