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Where is your calm place?

business career mindset Aug 19, 2019
 

Here in the UK August is traditionally holiday season and holidays are a great way to switch off from work and recharge our batteries.

But what about the rest of the time! It’s just as important to be able to stay calm and manage any stresses right through the year. If you’ve read the last couple of Monday Munch’s you’ll already have some strategies that will help.

This week I’m going to share a couple more.

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Where is your calm place?

Think about a time when you felt really relaxed and calm and happy. Make it a specific time. Take a moment to go back there in your mind and re-live the moment, remember it clearly. What could you see, what could you hear, taste, smell, feel?  As you recall that memory and all the details of it, you’ll start to feel that lovely relaxed, calm and happy feeling that you had back then; and the great thing is that now you’ve got it right here and right now.

Mine is on a hillside above Ullswater in the...

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Border control for your career

business career mindset Aug 12, 2019

Do you ever feel like you’ve got so much on, and there are still people asking you for more things, whether it be bits of work or meetings or problems to solve?

It’s not something you have to put up with. You can choose to do something about it.

Setting Your Boundaries

When I talk about setting your boundaries, I’m talking in terms both of your time and the things that you do. It’s very easy to get into a situation where you feel like you just haven’t got time to do everything. 

 So, take a few minutes to step back and take a new look.

  • What are you doing that you don’t have to do?
  • What are you doing that someone else could (or perhaps should) be doing?
  • Are you taking work home at night, or answering emails at all hours?
  • Are you working way more hours that you’re contracted for?
  • Do you have so much work that you can’t possibly do it in the hours available?

 If you’ve answered yes to any of the above, isn’t...

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Taking control of your emotions

business career mindset Aug 05, 2019

As we move into August, many people are on holiday, the rush hour roads and trains are quieter and it’s perhaps a chance to reflect and get some strategies in place to reduce stress and increase your levels of calm and peace.

August is a 4 Monday month this year, so look out here and in my Monday Munch email, for some top tips to help you move into the autumn in a positive and stress-free state.

Emotions: reflex or choice?

Have you ever had any of these reactions (either yourself or you’ve heard someone else say it), or something similar:

  • You make me so mad!
  • He really knows how to push my buttons!
  • She makes me feel stupid

The common factor in these examples is that “you”, “he”, or “she” (i.e. someone else) is doing something, and you are reporting an emotional response. That response (reaction) is probably in the way that you always react, and you probably do it almost instantly.

It has become an almost instinctive response and you...

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What has your employer ever done for you?

career interviews Jul 29, 2019
 

In this week’s Monday Munch I’m getting readers thinking about what you get from your employer.

This short video expands on that. It will take you less than 2 minutes to watch and give you some real nuggets to help you feel happier at work and create more of what you want.

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There be gold in them thar hills

cvs interviews job market Jul 22, 2019
 

This week I’m thinking about your skills and qualities. The things that you’re good at and the things how you do them.

Think about each thing you do, each contribution and each achievement, as a hill or mountain in the landscape of your career. As you look closer, you’ll see that each is made up of skills and qualities and actions.

Take a look at this short video (it’s less than 2 minutes) to find out how to discover the gold in there than can help you thrive in your career.

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The Importance of Feedback

career Jul 15, 2019
 

How seriously do you take feedback? Do you even go and ask for it? It can be really beneficial in many different ways for you in your career. Take a look at this video (less than 2 minutes) to find out how.

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The Power of Community

career networking Jul 08, 2019

How many communities are you part of?

There’s family, friends, work, local community, professional communities, online communities (LinkedIn, etc), your local area community, wider communities, communities to do with your interests, and so on.

How can communities impact on a career?

In terms of your career, communities can be a great space in which to develop your skills and share knowledge, and to plan and set up future career steps.

There’s a difference, though, to belonging to a community and participating in it.

Communities work best when you and other members participate in them.

In terms of your career, hopefully you are already present on LinkedIn (if you’re not, you are really are missing a trick).

  • You can create your own community of followers by posting your own professional tips and thoughts in updates and articles.
  • You can join communities on LinkedIn (groups) to do with your professional interests and within them, start your own discussion...
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Two simple actions to keep the power of your network alive

career networking research Jul 01, 2019

If you’re like most people you start to think about your network when you need to go to the job market.

Why wouldn’t you? Around 50% of jobs are filled through or with the help of networks.

So why do you then forget about it?

For most people, they then forget about their network until the next time they need to go to the job market.

This is understandable, but also a bit of a mistake when it’s so easy to keep in touch, especially on platforms such as LinkedIn.

Keeping in touch with people, nurturing your network, has so many benefits. It helps you plan and set up future career steps, keep up to date with what’s happening in the market place, contribute to discussions, help other people, and much more.

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One of the biggest objections is that it will take up too much time and effort, but it doesn’t have to. Just do a little bit every week.

When you have a spare couple of minutes (for example while the kettle’s boiling, when you’re on the...

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3 things to help you feel more confident at interviews

career interviews Jun 24, 2019
 

As you’d imagine, I help a lot of my clients prepare for interviews and presentations.

As well as showing them how to do a good job in those situations, for me it’s important that people have strategies to feel confident and comfortable. 

Three Cs of Interview:

  • Competent
  • Confident
  • Comfortable

If you can make sure you’ve got the three C’s covered, you might be like one of my clients who came back from her first interview for a number of years and said “I enjoyed that”.

To give you an idea of the journey she’d been on, six weeks previously when we first met, her face went white with fear when we mentioned interviews. 

I’m going to focus on the Confident and Comfortable this week and this short video will give you three strategies that will help you to do this.

 

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Who’s in charge of your mind?

career mindset Jun 17, 2019
 

I’ve got a short video for you this week, and although the answer to this question might seem obvious, very often the true answer is somewhat different.

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