Sep
15
2010

You Already Know Everyone You Need to Know

Over this past year, the top two books I have read (and recommend) on Professional Networking are The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann, and The Power of Who by Bob Beaudine. Today I am happy to share with you my interview with Bob Beaudine.Bob Beaudine, CEO of Eastman & Beaudine, manages the nation's leading executive search firm in sports and entertainment. Bob has placed 38 Athletic Directors at major universities as well as 40 Head Coaches in football and basketball. Bob and his wife Cheryl just celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary and have three daughters age 25, 23,

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Aug
23
2010

Lead Today: An Interview with Steve Keating

For Twitter users, inspirational and thought-provoking tweets by @LeadToday come across their screen daily - often as a retweet by someone they follow. If you are new to Twitter, follow @LeadToday and you will soon discover all that is right and possible with social media. So who is the person behind the leadership tweets? Let me introduce you to Steve Keating in my latest interview with professionals who are making a difference in the social media world. 1. You offer some of the most re-tweeted inspirational thoughts of anyone on Twitter. So I have to ask... how do you come up with

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Aug
13
2010

Do You Hide a Company's Name on Your Resume?

We've all had jobs that just didn't work out. I know I have, and I discovered some important lessons through the experience. But do you hide the company's name from your resume - especially if the business has a negative connotation publicly?A client of mine asked this very question yesterday. I am sharing her story with permission to solicit additional feedback:Hi Brent. I have been working in <city> at a company that facilitates exchange programs between the US and China. I recently had to quit for a variety of reasons. The two most important being: 1). I had a really contentious

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Aug
11
2010

Tim's Strategy: An Interview with Tim Tyrell-Smith

I am grateful for the opportunity to share with you the following interview with Tim Tyrell-Smith, Founder of Tim's Strategy, Ideas for Job Search, Career and Life.1. What is Tim's Strategy all about? What inspired you to create it?Tim's Strategy started in September 2008 as a blog called spin strategy where I offered advice on being efficient in your job search. I also had a separate, more traditional website where I offered free downloads of tools and templates I used during my own 2007 job search. My reason for doing it was to give back to the community that helped me back in 2007.

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Aug
3
2010

Spin Sucks: An Interview with Gini Dietrich

I am grateful for the opportunity to share with you the following professional advice from Gini Dietrich, Founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, Inc., a firm that uses non-traditional marketing in a digital world. Gini is also author of the marketing and PR blog Spin Sucks. 1. What inspired the Spin Sucks blog and what's the story behind the name?It has always really bothered me that PR professionals are seen as “spin doctors.” Sure there are people in our industry that will spin the truth to put their clients in a more flattering light, but that so rarely happens in places other

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Jul
25
2010

Where Are You Going With Social Media?

I'm now reading (for the second time) the powerful book The Principle of the Path by Andy Stanley. The premise of the book is clear: Direction-not intention-determines our destination. This principle isn't something you follow like a rule. It follows you and it has the power to break you.If you choose a path of financial irresponsibility, you will eventually arrive at an undesirable and inevitable destination. That's not speculation. That's fact. The author also notes that the same principle of the path applies to each of us relationally, academically, spiritually, physically, and professionally.Let

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Jun
28
2010

5 Guidelines for LinkedIn Invitations

We'll connect with friends from elementary school in Facebook. We'll reciprocate a Follow in Twitter (unless you are a MLM spammer). But when it comes to LinkedIn, everybody has their own rules for connecting.Admit it. You're received this generic LinkedIn invitation from somebody you don't know:I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.- Bob What do you do? Perhaps the very funny Rob Cottingham has the right idea... So I went searching for the answer... I contacted a LION (LinkedIn Open Networker) in DC, a Marketing Executive in California, and a Product Manager at LinkedIn

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Jun
24
2010

Is Gen X Afraid of Facebook for Networking?

As a child of the 70's, I am a card carrying member of the (small but proud) Generation X. This generation is generally defined by people born between 1961 - 1979. On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to listen to a valuable presentation on Generation X by Harvard Business Review contributer Tammy Erickson. The webinar was titled The Leaders We Need Now. Are We Ready for Gen X to Take Charge? An interesting question indeed in consideration of the perceived Boomer-Y Love Fest (quoting Tammy).To its credit, Gen X does have top representation in the White House (Barack Obama was born in 1961)

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Jun
10
2010

8 Ideas for #FollowFriday

For those new to Twitter, #FollowFriday (or simply #FF) became an international event in early 2009. It started as a simple way to recommend other people to follow (and know) on Twitter. #FollowFriday is easy to join in and one of the most popular ways to show appreciation for others on Twitter.Here is an example: And a social media cartoon from Rob Cottingham that hilariously captures the spirit of #FollowFriday:C.S. Lewis appropriately remarked, Friendship is born at that one moment when one person says to another, What! You too? I thought I was the only one.That being said, one challenge

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May
26
2010

10 Secrets for Winning the Job Interview

I am grateful for the opportunity to share with you the following career advice from Pat Williams, senior vice president of the NBA's Orlando Magic. Pat co-founded the Orlando Magic in 1987 and is one of America's top motivational, inspirational, and humerous speakers. He had addressed thousands of executives in organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies and national assocations to universities and nonprofits. Pat and his wife, Ruth, are the parents of 19 children, including 14 from four nations.Pat Williams is the author of over 55 books including the recently released Nail It! 10

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Apr
28
2010

Ten Commandments for Better Networking

Do you suffer from “Butterfly-itis” at the very mention of networking at business functions? If you answered yes, you are not alone! Many business people and entrepreneurs get a bit uncomfortable when it comes right down to walking up to someone and starting a conversation. Many others are concerned about getting effective results from the time they spend networking.The process doesn’t have to be traumatic, scary, or a waste of time. When done properly, it can truly make a difference in the amount of business your company generates. With the right approach, you can use it

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Mar
26
2010

10 Ways to Spot a Spammer on Twitter

Spammers and catfish have a lot in common. They are both bottom feeders and are negatively buoyant, which means they usually sink rather than float. They are also resilient. They adapt to new environments when threatened. When spammers were blocked by email filters, they discovered a new ocean in Twitter. And like catfish, they grow bigger and smarter. Need tens of thousands of followers on Twitter? No problem. Just trick people into following you back.Need a good profile? Download a stock photo of another person.Need a trusting Twitter bio? Use words like Loving Dad and Soccer

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