Career Success: How to Prepare When a Layoff is Imminent

Career Success: How to Prepare When a Layoff is ImminentUnemployment is sky high and the talking heads on TV can barely conceal their pleasure when they share the latest bad economic news. So it’s no wonder people are panicked which means they spend less money which means businesses take in less money. This then means that businesses need to let people go and those folks will certainly spend less money…. The bottom line is that anyone with a job has a chance of losing it.

Networking Success: Three Reasons People Fail at Networking Events

Networking Success: Three Reasons People Fail at Networking EventsNetworking is something that’s both easy and natural for us to do. We network with people practically every day (and most of the time, we don’t realize it). Yet when we’re at a formal networking event, something as basic as starting a conversation seems like a big challenge and many people walk away from networking events feeling like they accomplished nothing.

Part of the problem is that many people just don’t understand how to network. I’ve been going to networking events for about a decade and some of the things that haven’t seemed to change are the mistakes people make. Here are some of the big ones that you should try to avoid:

Will Web 2.0 Kill Public Speaking?

Will Web 2.0 Kill Public Speaking?Since the internet rush of the 1990’s which meant going online wasn’t just for nerds, the way we communicate has changed significantly. Email helped us record and organize conversations, text messages helped us zap quick notes to each other and social networks allowed us to reach people from all over the globe. Teleseminars, podcasts, blogs and webinars now give us the ability to potentially communicate to millions of people. So where does public speaking fit in to all of this? And more importantly, will there still be a need for public speaking as the internet continues to change the way we communicate?

Sites to check out

Periodically, I like to share some sites that find interesting and worth checking out, so here are some you might not want to miss.

Best Public Speaking Training — David Portney has a blog that’s definitely worth checking out. If you’ve ever read the comments he’s left here, you know he’s got some great information to share.

The Carnival of Inspiration included a post from this site. Smart Chick also had a nice write up of the carnival.

The Rich Life Carnival also included a post from this blog.

Another post from this blog was included in the Observations on Life Blog Carnival.

Should You Share Your Dreams and Aspirations?

There’s a short story I read in the first grade called “William’s Wish” that has somehow stuck in my head throughout the years. The story is about young boy who has a wish (a rather simple one) and tries all the various methods of getting his wish to come true. Since I only read this story once (and that was in 1981), I don’t remember the exact details of the story, but he did things such as wish on a star and followed a few other superstitions until his wish finally came true. Now the reason this story stuck in my head is that had he just told his parents his wish, it would have come true a lot sooner.

Interview Tips for College Students in a Tough Economy

Interview Tips for College Students in a Tough EconomyAs if going on the first round of professional interviews in your lifetime weren’t stressful enough, the news media is constantly preaching that they sky is falling. So how do recent (and soon-to-be recent) graduates compete for jobs in this tough environment? Here are some tips to help you stand out in a positive way:

Be Presentable:

It may have been fun to get your tongue pierced, your favorite band’s logo tattooed on your arms and dress for class like you just rolled out of bed (okay, so you did roll right out of bed right before class). But now it’s time to buckle down and get the world to take you seriously.

How Public Speaking Skills Can Help You during Bad Economic Times

How Public Speaking Skills Can Help You during Bad Economic TimesSo you can’t watch a newscast for more than five minutes these days without hearing some bad news about the economy. Yes, the mainstream media has finally gotten what it’s been craving for during the last two years — a story that got everyone’s attention. So amidst the widespread panic and the worst depression in the history of the world (yes, I’m exaggerating), what is one to do? You can start by improving your public speaking skills.