Stay positive. Stay productive. Stay Inspired.
I like many other professionals in any industry that has a progressive mindset of wanting to accomplish their career goals while meeting the expectations of their employer or business plan goals as an entrepreneur. I am just like you; a wink, gleam, or receipt of an avalanche of affirmations that I am on the right career path breeds confirmation. Some professionals choose to pursue multiple career paths at the same time. While others have their career goals unexpectedly be redefined by uncontrollable elements of change. In the ongoing moments of maintaining effective execution of multiple roles or finding the next career space that will provide you the financial and experience resolution to your checklist of needs, wants, and goals. Taking time to seek inspiration along the way is important. Inspiration is easy to identify if you remain present in the moment.
I am grateful to share a recent experience that has inspired me as career confidence blogger. I seized the opportunity to share ten tips to inspiring career confidence with ambitious college students that were seeking clues that would help them be prepared to confidently pursue their career plans and aspirations. It was beyond rewarding to have my confidence booster tips well received with aha moments expressions spreading throughout the room, through the “world is mine” bright eyes that stared back at me. During my sessions of sharing and encouraging these extraordinary students that had been chosen to receive my career confidence expertise, silently and unknowingly flipped the script and began to inspire me. It was simply fabulous to watch them study my blog from their smart phones. I actively listened to them apply their newly acquired career success triggers and tips that they sought; become the compass for them connecting the dots of how they will plan to accomplish their career goals. I was grateful to have Career Tipper blog lead me to my career tipping moment of inspiration of experiencing my blogging career goal of being a professional career confidence speaker that blogs.
My wish for each professional in any industry is to experience a similar inspirational experience that energizes them to remain focused and connected to the career path that they have been led to. I encourage you to find the moment of inspiration that is awaiting for you at your next meeting, conference, Skype call, or survey feedback.
Comment below and share a career tipping moment of inspiration that you’ve had.
Are you inspired to set aside time to give back to your community after reading an inspiring community article or watching a heart warming video of how volunteering or fundraising positively impacted a community? In the same moment of being sparked to take action; you wonder when you’ll have the time to commit to the organization and be of good service. I hear you loud and clear and encourage you to get creative on how you can satisfy your desire to give back.
Recently many participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge while others did a little house cleaning and donated clothes and home goods to local charities. I would like to encourage you to join FLBlogCon’s FLBlogging 4 Good annual focus of bloggers in Florida, using social media power to benefit an amazing non-profit organization. This year’s cause of choice is the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. The Mission of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is to create hope and nourish lives through a powerful hunger relief network while multiplying the generosity of a caring community.
From the comfort of your home or desk you can launch an online food drive. Be sure to take to a few minutes to promote through your preferred social media platforms. Don’t forget to use #FLblogging4good and #floridamilk when promoting your online food drive. Then let loose a huge smile because you followed through and accomplished your goal to be a contributor of greatness to your community. In the infamous words of Mahatma Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Have you ever sat in a meeting and started day dreaming and then you noticed your business colleague’s nails? You noticed their nails and began to wonder based on their nail bed if they were a worrier. Had limited time in their schedule to pay attention to their nails, or were impressed with how well manicured they were, or surprised that they were unclean in lieu of their well-polished professional attire. Our nail care is an indicator of how we pay attention to details and handle stress. Some professionals choose to keep their nails clean and well manicured while others dismiss the importance of taking care of their nails. Nail care should matter to professionals and be a part of their personal, professional reflection on a daily basis. For some nail care treatments are a part of their everyday life while others reserve nail care treatments for special moments and occasions only. Whichever is your personal fancy; basic nail care should be a part of your everyday personal care.
The details of my nail treatment at Aveda Institute Orlando.
The details of my nail treatment at Aveda Institute Orlando. In the past few days, I visited the beautiful Aveda Institute Orlando and had an essential nail treatment. It was such a serene and educational experience with premium customer service provided. My assigned Nail Tech took the time to explain the purpose of each manicure tool used and how-to properly use them at home. A bonus from the nail treatment given at the Aveda Institute Orlando is that I got to take all of the manicure tools that were used during my nail treatment to use at home. In addition, I was also given the bottle of lacquer that used for my manicure. I adore the SpaRitual Mystic Creme Nail Lacquer that I chose to accomplish my desired career nails look in the Aveda Store located inside Aveda Institute Orlando. I also like using the Aveda Cuticle Control that was a great recommendation. I’m already seeing great results in just a few days.
During my visit to the Aveda Institute Orlando I connected with one of their graduates, Kayla Gibson. Ms. Gibson is a Cosmetologist that spent an extensive, comprehensive period of studying nails during her Cosmetology program. She made the decision to work in the beauty industry because she felt like it’s important to make people feel valued and beautiful. Many people visit the Aveda Institute Orlando for hair services, massages, or nail services to relax or have someone listen to them. She thinks that creating a rapport with your customers is important and special. I interviewed Ms. Gibson for her to share her expert trained opinion on nail care tips, color trends for Fall 2014 and how nail care can impact your first impression.
Career Tipper: How can one’s personal nail care presentation impact their first impression perception of a potential employer during an interview?
Gibson: I believe nail care is a reflection of personal hygiene. You wouldn’t go into an interview with dirty or wrinkled clothes, so why treat your nails differently? The employer is going to assess your outward appearance before anything else, so at the very least, your nails should be clean under the free edge and maintained at a professional length.
Career Tipper: Being a licensed nail tech, what professional lesson has let you have career longevity?
Gibson: Employers aren’t the only people who matter when it comes to first impressions. Everyone you meet is a potential customer, so you should carry yourself accordingly.
Career Tipper: What are a few home care tips that women and men can complete in between nail treatments?
Gibson: Moisturize! Moisturizer for your nails is most important. It prevents hands and feet from cracking and creating pesky hangnails. Aveda’s Hand Relief and Foot Relief is my go-to moisturizer after a manicure or pedicure. The hand relief lasts through 3 hand washes after application, and the foot relief contains salicylic acid to aid in cell turnover. If the hangnails do appear between nail treatments, you can always invest in nail trimmers for your cuticles to keep them at bay. Cleaning underneath the nail as needed and applying a thin clear coat also helps manicures and pedicures longevity if you keep a natural nail.
Career Tipper: What are a few nail care trends and colors you suggest professionals wear at work for the Fall 2014 season?
Gibson: Jewel tones, nude/neutral shades, and metallics are going to be the most sought after looks for the upcoming Fall season. I’m rocking a glittery nude myself.
Many professionals are constantly on the go with balancing their dreams and personal responsibilities during a work day that requires them to be present and dialed into accomplishing their daily business tasks. Professionals should be aware and focused on healthy eating. They know that being healthy in their food choices is simply a must on a regular basis daily. For some, there are a variety of body and mental triggers such as inconsistent energy levels or inability to focus throughout the day that will set off a consistent healthy awareness reminder alert. Skipping meals and unhealthy snacking can lead to the unwanted career tipping moment of fatigue, weight gain and decreased productivity.
I aim to be healthy in my daily food choices, but I must admit I do have a sweet tooth. I enjoy eating and gifting the vegan cake jars made with love by V. Traybon. Ms. Traybon aka “The Queen of All Things Domestic” is the Creator of SavorV and the author of The SO Very Simple Veggie Cookbook. She shares healthy and tasty vegan plant-based meal suggestions and preparation tips with those that subscribe to her home and garden SavorV newsletter at www.savorv.com. I look forward to reading her newsletter weekly for her holistic approach to healthy eating and living. I reached out to “The Queen of All Things Domestic” for her to share her savvy perspective on how to stay on task with healthy eating while maintaining your optimal work performance level on an ongoing basis. I’m excited to share this interview because I love the friendly reminders and for some aha moments of how to keep healthy food choices a part of your core fundamentals that can be easily continually executed.
Career Tipper: A business day can bring upon a range of emotions such as feelings of accomplishment, rejection, stress, or happiness. What is your perspective of how nutrition can assist professionals in maintaining balance throughout their business day?
Taybron: Our health begins in the mind. You have to eat foods that love your body because you are what you eat. When our minds are truly clear, we do not just let any and everything into our space. Including our mouths. Things like fast foods are not only unhealthy for you, but they weigh the body down. It is important to feed your body things that promote its nourishment as vitality.
Career Tipper: What is your recommended healthy meal planning strategy for professionals on the go? Sometimes many find it easier to spend their time and money to eat out for their daily meals and frequent their office’s vending machine for snacks.
Taybron: You should plan your food the same way in which you plan your day. If I’m on the go, the only types of quick foods I eat are chains like Panera Bread, Chipotle, or something that promotes organic meats and vegetables. I also only grocery shop with stores that I know care about health such as Trader Joes, Whole Foods, and Sprouts. Once I do my grocery shopping I set aside a few hours on Sundays to arrange my meals. For example, today I had a nice smoothie that I made for breakfast, garden salad, and some sea salt cashews for a snack. I find that it is easy to have lots of Tupperware that you can use to portion control your meals. However, you have to make your health a priority. If you don’t have the time, you must create the time to plan your meals.
Career Tipper: As we transition into the Fall season and stress management is a constant focus for many. What are your suggestions on how professionals can incorporate immune boosters into their daily diet beyond vitamin intake?
Taybron: I recommend two immune boosters. One is meditation/prayer the other is positive thinking. It is very possible for stress in the body to make you physically sick. There is tons of research to back up this claim. When seasons change for the Fall and Winter season, people oftentimes get very depressed. The holiday season can be very stressful. Stress causes people to overeat or under nourish themselves. You must maintain control of your mind. Stress comes from allowing external circumstances to cloud your mind. Stay positive by thinking good thoughts, meditating, praying, and doing light exercises like yoga. If you implement these things you will see an immediate boost in your mood, energy, and immune system. People who are worry free don’t get sick often.
Career Tipper: You’re always encouraging your newsletter subscribers and Instagram followers to diversify their meal plan. What is your favorite easy to prepare homemade breakfast and lunch that packs well if need be?
Taybron: For breakfast, I recommend lots of fresh fruits or dried fruits that have a longer shelf life. A lot of grocery stores now have on the go oatmeal that you can add a little hot water or hot milk that can be quickly prepared. My personal favorite is yogurt and granola. Yogurt contains acidophilus and lactobacillus which aids in the digestive process. For lunch, I try my very best to eat a diet that is full of vegetables like salads, stir fry, veggie lasagna, pasta, and more. All of these can be cooked at home and then portion controlled by using Tupperware. In the Fall, I love to make lots of meals in my crock pot like chilies and stews that I freeze. At the end of the day, your health has to be a priority. All health begins in the mind. A healthy mind is a healthy body. Make your health the most important part of your day.
Checkout V. Traybon’s The So Very Simple Veggie Cookbook and comment below sharing your favorite healthy eating tips.
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you imagined.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
In the midst of going confidently in the direction of your dreams, it is important to remember that preparation is key. To live your dream life you have to allow yourself to be pruned to excellence and open to constructive feedback that will help you represent yourself at your best. For some their season of initial preparation can last hours and for others it can last years but for many they realize and acknowledge that it is a lifetime journey to live your dreams and accomplish your career goals. Dedicating the time and sought after the resources to strengthen your elevator speech, presentation skills, body language, or up-leveling your knowledge and abilities is an ongoing process. Preparation is also a barometer of readiness and a timing gauge to demonstrate courage of applying for a job or a promotion.
I recently connected with Jarrod Uddin who is a seasoned Youth Motivational Speaker and Teacher Trainer who helps to bridge the gap between students and those who care for them. Jarrod has been featured as a TED Talks presenter, radio personality and audience “warm-up” guy for a host of national main stage events. His repertoire includes but is not limited to: product presenter for the International Auto Show, Motivational Speaker for more than 100 high schools nationwide, and corporate trainer for several U.S school districts. Jarrod can mesmerize an audience to become entranced with his every word and then launch them into full participation of an audience warm up exercise that can take over the room like the wave at a football game. In a short period of time Jarrod can spark smiles and leave a lasting impression that keeps the audience wanting to experience more of his engaging warm up exercises. That is the same lasting impression interview candidates want to leave after an interview with a potential or current employer when being considered for a position. Candidates want to know that they were effectively engaging with interviewers and left a positive and strong lasting impression that will result in advancing in the interview process. I am delighted to share this interview I had with Jarrod. It gives insightful directives of how to advance in your preparation time, to yield a higher return potentially to live your dreams and career goals.
Career Tipper: Please share a few tips on how career seekers and changers can master their elevator pitch?
Uddin: Mastering the “Elevator Pitch” is a very simple yet precise art. First, pull out a notepad and write down in plain language, what it is exactly that you do. It isn’t uncommon to write down things such as: “I am a Banker, I work in Marketing,” or “I am in search of my next opportunity“. Unfortunately, people aren’t interested in your title or job description, rather the unique traits, qualities and value that you personally bring to the table. So now it’s time to meditate on your actual value. Every job function is in place to service not just that workplace, but in a sense, humanity overall. How is it that you better humanity through your role? For example, if you are a Banker, your elevator pitch may be: “I help people to build their family legacy through financial security“. If you are in Marketing, your elevator pitch may be: “I help companies tell their story in a way that’s fun and engaging“, a far more engaging pitch than: “I work in Marketing“. Be sure to keep your pitch concise (to one sentence). Practice your pitch in front of the mirror a few times, say it as often as possible. Key: People love to hire and work with people who are passionate about what they do! So be sure to smile! Everything about you should light up when you deliver your pitch.
Career Tipper: What are some body language tips professionals need to be mindful of during a business presentation?
Uddin: Practice standing still, in ONE place, with both feet planted and face the audience. Pacing the floor while delivering is distracting to the audience. There is a secret “Ninja-Tactic” that I like to practice (it’s tough to do, but it will hold your audience’s attention for the entire time you are presenting): Try looking someone in the eyes for no less than five seconds while you are delivering a main talking point, and then continue doing this with various individuals in the room while you are presenting. This is one of those subtle signs of professional speakers and works like a charm to keep audiences engaged. Lastly, try to keep your hand gestures to a minimum. Waving hands are always distracting. Try holding your hands together in front of you or to your side. Only use them when you are deliberately looking to stress a point. As a speaker, my “Cardinal DON’T” with hand gestures: is usage of the pointing finger. We speaker call it the nagging mother syndrome. The problem with the pointing finger is it is managerial and very aggressive. You want your audience to receive you as a pleasant individual. Speak as if you are talking one on one with a great friend.
Career Tipper: What is an effective way for professionals to handle criticism and feedback during a presentation?
Uddin: Please remember, you are never as good as your greatest feedback, and you are never as bad as your worst feedback. When dealing with an audience, I like to refer to the “80/20 Rule for Speakers“. Essentially, if you are speaking to a room of 100 people, at least 10% will love you no matter what. Another 10% most likely won’t, while the remaining 80% is open to persuasion. That middle 80% is on you to convince. If you have the chance to speak one on one to the meeting planner, your boss or a trusted participant, you now have a brilliant opportunity to control the feedback. Say this (one on one): I’m glad to hear that you found value in the presentation/content provided. Would you mind at all, giving me just ONE piece of tough feedback (in-person or via email)?, something that you believe I could be doing better in the area of presenting? Something that is brutally honest that could help me improve? I would be more than grateful (please thank me THAT way).
Career Tipper: How can professionals display confidence during presentations and informal meetings?
Uddin: Confidence comes through preparation. That’s it. The more nervous you are, the less time you have taken to prepare. Be sure to both write out, practice, rewrite and re-practice, everything that you want to say. During presentations, it is important to never say one-word more than you need to make your point. Quick Story: When helping his students cram for a Chemistry exam, a wise professor told his class that he would allow them to bring in one notecard as a cheat-sheet for the exam. Knowing that they couldn’t cram everything onto notecards, they each poured over their notes, compiled from months worth of lessons, found the most important items, and ultimately managed to crunch 3-months worth of written notes, onto a concise notecard. When it came time for the exam, something “magical” happened. The students ended up spending so much time pouring over their notes and cheat-sheets, that each of them were able to take the exam with almost zero use of their notecards. Follow suit. Write your main points on a notecard and carry it with you to reduce the fear of trying to remember all of your points. Your notecard will serve as a “security blanket” that you won’t even need! And if all else fails, just get passionate! Smile, raise your voice, become excited during your delivery. If you are confident, happy and passionate about your delivery, your audience will be as well!
To learn more about Jarrod’s speaking platform visit his website, www.jarrodspeaks.com