I know I’m not the only one searching for some bright spot in the middle of this politically charged time. I’m not the only one who has questioned my relationship to others of my species. But this video, and the resulting videos, have brought sheer joy and laughter to me and to the interwebs – at a time when we truly needed it.
There are more than 142 million views (over 3 million shares) of the first video captured on Facebook Live as I write this. That is bananas!
Candace Payne, the “Chewbacca Mom,” exploded onto the scene with a hilarious amateur video in her car from the Kohl’s parking lot. Who would have expected it to go viral?
Now here’s the thing: You can’t plan to make a viral video. (If you could, we’d all be doing it!) But what you can do is be real, authentic, and tap into emotion, which is exactly what happened here. She wanted her friends and family to know that it was HER mask. Continue reading
I spoke for the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) Career Day on May 7.
I was asked to present the content of my Acing the Interview talk in a 45-minute session. I often teach this content as an interactive two-hour workshop, so I distilled the content down to the most important points. It’s the ultimate cheat sheet.
Top 10 Tips for Acing the Interview
Tip 1: Get Comfortable Selling Yourself and Your Value
Welcome to Sales 101
- If you don’t tell your story, nobody else will
- We are taught from a young age not to brag or call attention to ourselves
Tip 2: Understand the Different Types of Interviews
There are several different kinds of interviews
- Initial screening interview or “check the box”
- HR interview – screening out OR selling you on the company
- Interview with hiring manager
- Interview with colleague / collaborator
- Panel interview
- Video interview
- Presentation interview
- Executive interview
Tip 3: Understand the Different Types of Conversations
Adjust your responses to the way the questions are asked
- Short questions = short answers
- Longer questions = longer answers with stories to back up your points
It was so fun to be part of the sales strategies for small business panel at the SCORE and Sam’s Club Spring Training event on April 26. I was thrilled to be able to address the issues of solo service professionals.
About 250-300 attendees joined us at the conference center in Tinley Park. My colleague, Carol Roth, was the emcee and rocked the stage in a truly fabulous spring dress.
The moderator of the sales strategies panel was my friend Mark E. Goodman of e-Conversation Solutions, who was able to talk to small and mid-sized businesses of various types.
My fellow panelist was a concrete manufacturer who talked about owning trucks and pricing out concrete driveways. Surprisingly, he and I were completely in sync about sales and customer service best practices. We complemented each other perfectly.
You’ll be proud to know that I avoided an obvious comment about cement shoes (which probably would have been well received in the Chicago area) as I was on my best behavior.
It was a great time and the audience was very engaged, asking a lot of good questions.
It was my absolute joy to share some of my hard-won knowledge about low-cost and no-cost marketing strategies with fellow business bootstrappers at The Shift coworking space in Chicago last Thursday.
I realize that I don’t cover small business topics that much on this blog. (I usually do it on Carol Roth’s blog, Business Unplugged.)
But I LOVE helping small business owners. And I have learned a lot over the past five years.
What a great group we had! Everyone participated and seemed to get a lot out of it. Here’s what we talked about:
Marketing Your Biz on a Bootstrapper’s Budget.
(A Big Bang for Small Bucks.)
Tactic 1: Blogging Strategies
Why you should have a blog
- Thought leadership
- Site ranking
My latest post on Carol Roth’s blog, Business Unplugged, is really important. Small things can make BIG differences in your business.
You might want to check out “10 Easy Ways to Look Professional So Clients Love You.“
I’m doing my first Blab on Wednesday, March 2. (They’re dragging me kicking and screaming into new technology.) Following my own advice, I am telling myself to just get over it.
Actually, I have watched a Blab or two and they are pretty fun. Are you in job search and over 50? You might want to join us! #3DSummit Blab: Disrupting Your Job Search While Female http://3-d-summit.com/our-blabs at 12:30 pm CST / 1:30 pm EST.
Here’s how it went.
How can I summarize 2015? I really struggled with this and put off writing this post for as long as I could. Some great things happened, and I had some major frustrations.
It was definitely a year of transition, and while those are fascinating in retrospect, they’re not that fun to go through.
I often joke that I prefer to coach my clients through transitions than to go through my own. But seriously, don’t most of us? Continue reading
Who has two thumbs and was nominated as a 2015 Small Business Influencer in the Expert category? This girl! Whoo-hoo!
I am incredibly excited. Please take one second and one click to vote for me. You can even vote on your laptop AND your phone 🙂
Just click the image to the left or the link here to vote on the landing page.
Business lessons can be found in the strangest places. I spoke 20 times last year, but singing karaoke makes me anxious.
And I like to sing! There are recordings of me singing on YouTube. So I really WANT to like singing karaoke…
You can read about my recent experience “Small Business Lessons from Karaoke” here. I begin: Continue reading
I will be giving my “Productivity: The Secret Sauce for Job Search” talk at the Career Resource Center in Lake Forest, IL on September 9. If you know anyone in job search or career transition, please share this with them.
This is a talk about tactics and strategies. (I always get excellent evaluations.) We will have a great time – and even learn some stuff in the process.
The talk begins at 1:30 PM sharp. I am guaranteed to be optimally caffeinated and appropriately irreverent. It’s how I roll.