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Four Ways to Make the Most Out of a Conference

hello nametagIt’s that time of year again when conferences are in full swing. Networking opportunities are robust yet so is the number of people who attend these events vying for face time with sought after speakers and industry experts.

Then, of course, there’s information overload. A lot of information crammed into a small amount of time and oh yes, did we mention an abundance of afternoon sugar-filled snacks? Here are several tips to make the most out of that conference.

1. Be prepared. This means everything from doing your homework on speakers you want to connect with to bringing fruit snacks as an alternative to tempting brownies. Actually, it’s not unlike preparing for a job interview in terms of outlining your questions in advance, plotting which breakout sessions to attend and mapping out the day ahead of time. Read more

Employee Gets Fired After Complaining to Comcast

CommunityJournalismBLogFIA Comcast customer recently complained about services. Complaints were escalated, next thing you know the company called his employer to discuss the complaint. Pink slip was issued.

What?!

Conal O’Rourke was overcharged by Comcast for 11 months so he ended up contacting the company’s controller’s office to complain about their billing practices. Here’s where it gets sticky, apparently. Read more

Four Ways to Follow Up With a Brand New Contact

nametagIf you’re in the networking swirl, congratulations! Chances are you’re attending industry events or even social events and going home with a small stack of business cards.

They won’t mean anything, unfortunately if you don’t work it immediately after the event. Here are several tips to keep in mind.

1. Remember something specific about the conversation. The best time to take stock of the conversation is immediately after it ends. Take a moment after exchanging business cards with the new contact to jot down something you spoke about.

Whether you dished about vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard or who will make it to the World Series this year, it’s all good. This will be a key identifying factor that bonded you and your new contact. Read more

Author of ‘Leading the Life You Want’ Talks About Skills to Become Whole

visionInstead of looking at work-life balance, Stew Friedman, author of Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life, recommends looking at integration between work and the other areas of your life.

“Balance is bunk,” says the author. It’s a “misguided metaphor” because it assumes trade-offs must exist between work or school, family, community and self. He suggests looking at four-way wins to improve your life within all four dimensions.

As Friedman describes embracing principles to be whole, real and innovative, we’re going to focus on being whole. This means acting with integrity and respecting that all of the roles you play make up a whole person.  Read more

Inspiration Shines at TheLadders’ Job Mobile Summit; Motivation From Diana Nyad

TheLadders logoYesterday we attended the annual Job Mobile Summit sponsored by our friends at TheLadders.

Sure, the goal was to stay on the pulse of trends in mobile recruiting (did you know the peak time for applicants such as yourself is 6 ’til 10 a.m.?) but what we got out of it was much deeper, much more profound.

That’s because motivational speaker Diana Nyad closed out the conference with her incredible keynote speech! Read more

Three Toxic Beliefs to Ditch About Your Career

stressThis piece on LinkedIn really caught our eyes. That’s because influencer Travis Bradberry hit the nail on the head.

Sometimes the only person standing in our way is ourselves. The toxic beliefs we tell ourselves and stress that goes along for the ride need to be ditched once and for all. Read more

Quit Your Job to Pursue Your Side Hustle? Shark Tank’s Daymond John Weighs In

shark tank logoAs media folks, there’s no denying it…we’re creative beings!

It’s not uncommon to talk to a colleague who works in editorial and writes his or her novel in the early hours of the morning. Or maybe you have a friend in sales who is launching her start-up e-commerce site on the side. Or maybe you’re a copywriter and you’re burning the midnight oil sewing clothing for your new line of puppy products.

It’s the American dream, right? Building something from scratch with your own two hands, something to call your own, something that can hopefully make bank someday.

Well, next comes the million-dollar question. When is the precise time to leave that day job to pursue your passion wholeheartedly?

We caught up with Daymond John at the Shark Tank season six premiere party on Friday night. According to this shark, the time is right when “the business starts to call you.” Read more

Derek Jeter Launches Simon & Schuster Imprint; Lessons Learned From the All-Star

baseballHere in New York City it’s been a major love fest for beloved Yankee, our captain Derek Jeter.

While all eyes are focused on accolades and wrapping up his baseball career, he’s already launched his very own children’s imprint at Simon & Schuster. The first book, The Contract, was released yesterday.

We were avoiding writing a trite “lessons learned from Derek Jeter’s career” blog post featuring tenacity, respect, dignity and class (yes, we’re die-hard fans but wanted to avoid that type of potentially cringeworthy post) but after hearing about the imprint, Jeter Publishing, in New York magazine we simply have to highlight ways we can learn from his career management. Read more

Joe Cross Shares Content Tips: ‘If Your Content is Good, It Will Get Seen’

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Photo courtesy of fatsickandnearlydead2.com

Here’s the thing. So many of us are toiling away at day jobs with the dream of writing the great American novel at night. Or maybe you’re hoping to get more followers on your YouTube channel so you can stop juggling four freelance jobs and focus on just one or two.

Or maybe it’s a straightforward scenario: you don’t have a side job but you’re incredibly focused on your day job and getting content out there.

Whatever the case, one thing’s in common for sure: We’re all pretty darn passionate about the content we’re creating. That’s why Joe Cross says, “If your content is good, it will get seen.” Read more

Lessons in What Not to Do: Reporter Resigns On-Air, Drops F-Bomb

We have to take a lesson from a reporter in Alaska on what not to do. Let’s vow to never resign like this, okay?

Not only did she drop the F-bomb on-air, she also revealed she’s the founder of an organization connecting Alaskans in need of medical marijuana to people who already have pot.

Kudos to the anchor for pulling it together. She seemed flustered at first but wouldn’t you be, too?

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