Top 10 TED Talks for Rethinking and Inspiring Your Work

In my last post, I mentioned my favorite inspiring podcasts, one of which is the TED Talks video podcast.  I love TED Talks, those inspiring talks you can watch free online. So it’s about time I dedicate a blog post to TED.

I want to tell you my favorite TED Talks for making your work life more fun, empowered, and successful. My clients will recognize some of these as ones I suggest for homework.

First, I have a celebration to share. I’m excited that I’m going to attend my first live TEDx event (TEDx Shelburne Falls). I even get to help out with it, including volunteering to coach one of the speakers.

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Changing Your Clothes Can Lead the Way

I think you’d be surprised how much clothing comes up when talking with my career and business coaching clients. What is it about what we wear that seems to have such power over us?

Haven’t you put on a nice outfit and you suddenly feel like a million bucks? (Like The Red-Headed Diva shown in the photo.) Conversely, the wrong outfit can ruin your mood.

Sometimes we pretend we’re “above” that fashion stuff (while we secretly watch makeover shows). Let’s forget about judging or questioning it. Instead, let’s take a lesson from the drag queens who know the power of a great outfit!

Let’s consciously use that power of our clothes for our benefit.
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Stress Relief for Introverts in Career Transition

[Updated April 27, 2014]

As a career and business coach who specializes in helping introverts, you can imagine the trepidation I hear about networking, writing about oneself on LinkedIn, starting a new business, and feeling heard at work.

For clarity, introverts are NOT at a disadvantage when it comes to career transition or starting a business, but they might feel more stressed by it.

My primary work struggle related to introversion was in valuing and speaking up about my talents and accomplishments. With a lot of help, including communication classes and a coach, I finally hit my stride with speaking confidently, authentically, and thoughtfully. It’s funny to look back because my communication now feels so easy and so “me.”

I’ve gathered a few resources that might help ease the stress of the career or business transition for other introverts. Continue reading

10 Essential Resume Repairs

Bad ResumeIt’s a new era so stop making résumés like you’re applying to IBM of 1950. Here’s your checklist to get it right.

My career coaching clients often ask me to review their résumés. As a former hiring manager, I know what employers pay attention to (and what ends up in the trash) especially when they’re inundated with résumés.

Here’s what I find myself saying all the time about the résumés I review. Please use the following as a checklist and we’ll all be happier. Continue reading

The Latest News in My Little Business

Here’s my Spring 2010 update after being at this self-employment journey for a little over a year.

I’m a bit sporadic with my blogging. Yep, something has to give sometimes.

I notice a lot of my fellow business owners let their blogs take a back seat sometimes. If that’s you too, that’s OK. Blogging is great (why), but it’s true that you have to focus first on the lowest hanging fruit when you’re trying to earn a living.

So, for today, instead of a regular blog post, here are some snippets from my world, kind of like the best of my Twitter updates. Continue reading