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Power Up Your Personal Marketing, Get Involved & Get Noticed

Yes, if you do a fantastic job, you might be noticed by the “right” people. You might be praised and rewarded. You might even be promoted.

It’s also possible that years will go by while you are waiting for any of that to happen.

“If you want a promotion, if you want greater responsibility, or you want to have your dream job or career, then you need to take charge and stop sitting around waiting.”

You know you have the talents, skills and big dreams. It’s time to market yourself in the most powerful and effective ways that will propel your career to greater heights.

There are many self-marketing strategies, but one technique that’s frequently overlooked is what I call “involvement.” This is no tricky piece of jargon; it means exactly what you might think …

Get involved, strategically, with specific goals in mind.

Posted by Marjorie Brody in branding, business professionalism, career, development, glass ceiling, leader, leading, networking, personal branding, professional development, self-marketing, success, taking on leadership roles, workplace, Workplace, Career, Business, Communication, Professionalism.

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Celebrate Your Independence to Achieve Career Goals

successHappy Cinco de Mayo!

This May 5th holiday originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the Civil War, but has morphed into a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.

Luckily, we are not engaged in a civil war, and our freedom and democracy continues. This freedom extends to your career — you have the freedom to take it anywhere you want it to go! And although research still shows that the glass ceiling is still an issue for many women in the workplace, you do not have to be settle for gender-related — or any — limitations.

So, perhaps Cinco de Mayo is a good day to celebrate your freedom to build your career and professionalism.

Posted by Marjorie Brody in accountability, advocates, attitude, business professionalism, career, communication skills, development, Executive coaching, glass ceiling, mentors, networking, networking with social media, professional development, success, wellness, women breaking glass ceiling, work, workplace, Workplace, Career, Business, Communication, Professionalism.

Power Up Your Career With a Sponsor — 5 Tips To Find An Advocate

We’ve all heard the expression that it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.

In our current business environment, being top notch at your job and sitting around waiting to be lauded, rewarded, and promoted won’t really cut it. What you know is important, but who you know can really fast-forward your career.

I’m talking about finding sponsors, also known as advocates.

What’s the difference between having a mentor and having a sponsor? According to Sylvia Ann Hewlett, CEO of The Center for Talent Innovation (CTI) and author of Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor: The New Way to Fast-Track Your Career, “A mentor gives you friendly advice. A sponsor is senior in your organization or world and has the power to get you that next job.”

In other words, a sponsor is someone who will advocate directly for you.

Posted by Marjorie Brody in advocates, business professionalism, career, development, mentors, networking, professional development, self-marketing, success, workplace, Workplace, Career, Business, Communication, Professionalism.

Six Tips to Be Memorable to Stand Out in Business & Succeed

In a competitive business arena, a large part of successful networking, successful relationship building, and successful sales presentations comes down to something you might not expect.

Yes, you need to know your stuff. Yes, you need to be professional, well-groomed, and well-spoken. But there are hordes of your competitors out there who are all of those things.
Getting the edge on them has a prerequisite: being remembered.

How do you make yourself memorable? How do you make yourself stand out above the crowd?

How do you ensure that you and your presentations are the ones that stick (favorably, of course) in your prospective clients minds?

How do you ensure that others want to build a relationship with you?

Here are 6 Tips to Be Memorable

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Posted by Marjorie Brody in branding, business etiquette, Business presentations, business professionalism, communication, communication skills, development, influencing others, Leadership, networking, personal branding, speaking up at meetings, vulnerability in leadership, Workplace, Career, Business, Communication, Professionalism.

Don’t Take Internal Job Interviews & Promotions For Granted (Pt. 1 of 2)

Last week I focused on the importance of being prepared to answer the “Tell me about yourself?” question often heard during job interviews — primarily for new hires to a new business.

This time around, I want to further examine how to ace the internal job interview.

I’ve run into many people who think that internal interviews — being interviewed for a different position within the same organization — will be much easier than trying to start afresh with a new company.

These same people also seem to believe that because they already work for a business, they “should be” a shoe-in for any open position within that organization, whether it’s a lateral move to a different department or a promotion.

Surprise! They are confused and disappointed when an outsider, or an intern, or someone who’s been at the company for a much shorter period of time actually gets the coveted position.

Posted by Marjorie Brody in advocates, business professionalism, job interview, mentors, networking, Workplace, Career, Business, Communication, Professionalism.