Crafting An Elevator Pitch That’s A Door Opener
Whether you’re actively looking for a job, or are starting to look, you may have realized that you have a hard time answering the question, “So, what do you do?” Momentary panic or dread sets in as you decide how to answer this question. You sincerely desire an interesting conversation that could lead to some help opening doors in your job search, yet, you’ve noticed that isn’t happening. Maybe the other person seems confused by your answer, loses interest quickly, and/or wishes you luck and moves on? If this is happening to you, then it’s time to craft a bolder, clearer elevator pitch that will have others yearning to make introductions and offer suggestions.
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Standing Alone – Overcoming the Loneliness of Leadership
While great leaders value and look for the collective intelligence of their teams prior to making important decisions, true leaders also carry anchors and compasses that are authentic, visionary, and at times unconventional.
So how does a true leader develop the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others?
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Posted in Management
The art of delegation is something many managers have trouble mastering. All too often, they end up dumping instead. And, because the results of dumping are typically less-than-exceptional, many of these same managers end up pulling back the reins, refusing to let others take over on anything.
To avoid this fate, managers must first learn the difference between delegating and dumping, and adjust their behavior accordingly.
Posted in Networking
We all know that finding a new position is a numbers game. Most new jobs are found through “conversations” with people we know and people we do not know. The primary reason why we hesitate having those conversations is fear of …..(you fill in the blank)…..but fear.
Here’s what my client did to put that fear aside.
He was dragging his feet on calling old friends and colleagues, getting nowhere….”they will just think I am using them.” He also admitted they probably would be glad to hear from him, and he could also offer them some support in their lives, and plus he just plain likes them and it would be good to connect.
To get off the dime, he committed to “park” his fears every morning in order to make his calls. He currently is a stay-at –home Dad, responsible for getting his 2 year old son to day care each morning. As he was telling his son about the day care schedule each morning, he decided to tell him about his own schedule, and his fears in getting started. His son enjoyed the conversation so much that they both ended up laughing and my client’s worries evaporated. Each day now, he “parks” his fears of calling with his son, as each of them go off for their day. Using this technique, my client averaged 5 calls a day the first week, most all leading to follow ups, new connections and several meetings. When he returned to me the following week, he was amazed that almost overnight his schedule was completely full with calls and appointments.
Who is that support person with whom you can park your fears? Find that person, and just go for it!
Pat Drew, Founder and CEO of Pat Drew & Company
This post was contributed by Pat Drew sometime ago, but this actionable advice has withstood the test of time. Pat has twenty years of experience as a career and executive coach. As former Director of the Employee Assistance Program at the New York Times, she has coached thousands of people on their careers. She is an expert in resilience skills and continues to coach NYTimes journalists to be at the top of their game in dangerous parts of the world.