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Know Your Strengths—And Weaknesses

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If there’s one most common mistake that holds business owners back it’s this:

business owners try to do too much.

I don’t mean that they try to grow too fast or expand too far. I mean that they try to do too much on their own. Read More→


Want to know what’s really holding you back from achieving your goals? Clutter.

I’m not talking about piles of paper on your desk or stacks of business cards you never got around to organizing—although that can be a problem, too. In this case, though, we’re talking about the clutter in your head. You know, that endless list of things that scrolls through your mind continually, and that distracts you just when you’re trying to focus. Read More→

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How to Create a Branded Resume

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Branded Resume CaptureCreating a branded resume makes your job search much easier. This is a resume that clearly sets you aside from others and sells them on your unique qualities. Today, it’s not a matter of ‘Why should I hire you,’ but ‘Why should I hire you instead of all these other people?’ Your branded resume should tell them that.

Laser Targeting

First of all, who are you targeting and how well do you know them? Creating a branded resume that speaks directly to the hiring manager and their needs is what gets you the job. Get to know the industry and find out exactly what employers are looking for. In your resume, use industry-specific jargon and terminology so that you’re speaking their language. On the Internet, research job listings and companies to get ideas. If possible, talk to someone in the industry to get advice.

Emphasize Your Natural Strengths

Your natural strengths are the things you can do without even trying. They come through not so much in your hard skills, but in Read More→

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Your personal brand is important because it tells people about your unique characteristics and what it is that you can do for them.

  •  Branding Builds Trust

When your audience knows exactly what it is that you do, this builds trust and credibility.

  •  The Real You

It’s important to be ‘real’ when you’re branding yourself online.

  •  Your Edge

Branding gives you an edge over the competition by showing the unique things you have to offer.

  •  Image Control

Branding puts you in control of your image and this helps you manage your reputation.

  •  Build a Buzz

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(ARA) – In today’s digital world, a job applicant’s online reputation is becoming just as important as a strong resume and networking skills. In fact, a 2010 study commissioned by Microsoft showed 85 percent of human resources professionals say that positive online reputation to some extent influences their hiring decisions and 75 percent report that their companies have formal policies in place that require hiring personnel to research applicants online.

This means successful job seekers need to build a positive personal brand online by navigating the Web 2.0 world and taking advantage of social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and MySpace.

“What you do and say online, as well as how you present yourself on social networking sites could be important in landing the position you’re seeking,” says Bowen Hopper, a former recruiter for Fortune 1000 companies and currently a career services director for Colorado Technical University, a leading provider of education for career-motivated students. “Your online presence and brand needs to reflect your skills, attitude and talents.”
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Professional coach, motivational speaker, award-winning author and president of Stockdale Resource Group, 360Reach Certified Analyst Denny Stockdale works to help people reconnect with lost dreams, achieve work-life balance and discover their own unique callings through highly personalized one-on-one career and life coaching as well as group workshops.

Denny’s motivational book, Conversations from the Neighborhood Ice Cream Shop: 8 Keys to Rediscovering Lost Dreams and Finding Your Your Life’s Calling, was winner of the 2010 Inspirational book of the year in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Denny shares the passion for purpose and meaning which inspired him to step away from a long career in the information technology business to pursue his own life’s calling.

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Darshan G. Shanti is in the personal development business and have been for almost a dozen years. During that time he has worked with over 30,000 people. Darshan doesn’t call himself a coach. He is a business and life turnaround specialist. He does transformational workshops and speaking engagements. Shanti is known for turning lives and companies around in 24 hours or less. Hence, the name of his book, The 24 Hour Champion – Discovering AND Living Your Priceless Life.

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(ARA) – People change jobs every five years and can have up to 14 jobs in their lifetime, according to The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many of these jobs changes are in completely different fields driven for varying reasons. Some are due to market reactions due to the economy, which results in businesses tightening their bottom line or closing up shop for good. Other reasons may be due to technical advances making current jobs obsolete. And there are people who just want a more fulfilling career. These career changers bring a lot more to the table than people think, but must do a lot of research to ensure their future employment.

Arthur Crippen was at a crossroads in 2006. He wanted a more fulfilling career as he watched his job be replaced by technology. Crippen was a dental technician in the ceramics department creating cosmetic veneers and custom color matching. “I saw myself as a sculptor and jeweler of sorts,” says Crippen. He perceived his work was being taking over by advances in technology as well as a lack of opportunity for growth.  Crippen decided he needed to pursue something different. “The deciding factor was that my passions were in art and design and although I was getting a creative fix, it was no longer a challenging career.” Read More→

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Tanya Mitchell is an entertaining, funny and informative guest with extensive radio, TV and speaking experience. She is the Vice President of Research and Development for LearningRx, a national brain-training company with 71 franchises across the country. Mitchell has trained over 1,000 psychologists and educational specialists in cognitive skills assessment and improvement methods and co-authored, “Unlock the Einstein Inside”.

What is Brain Training? What Happens When We Learn?
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Forget “one-size-fits-all” self-help programs. The Flow is totally different.

In fact, The Flow is like having a life, success, and wellness coach working with just you – helping you to get the life you desire.

Listen in as Tara Meyer-Robson shares with Living Fully After 40 Radio host Anna D Banks, one of the most extraordinary mind-body-life programs that has ever been written.

With The Flow you can:

* Break negative patterns and habits for good.
* Achieve financial success.
* Attract the perfect partner for you – in love, business, or life.
* Create total wellness.
* Understand the cause of illness, and completely renew your health.
* Create the body you have always wanted.
* Connect with joy, love, hope, and excitement in your life.
* Create peace and change in yourself and in the world.
* Create the life of your dreams – and watch it flow to you with ease!

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Miriam Goodman is a journalist, author, award-winning radio and television producer, and public relations consultant. She has interviewed more than a thousand people, from celebrities to diplomats, from Margaret Mead to Marilyn Chambers. She created, produced and hosted the first nationally syndicated feminist radio program, which ran for seven years from New York to San Francisco on the RKO radio network and dozens of other stations and earned several radio awards. She has been a frequent contributor to National Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Miriam was a television producer for Newsweek Broadcasting, a documentary producer for the San Francisco NBC TV-affiliate and received two EMMY nominations her television documentaries. She is a columnist for and contributor to other online publications as well. Her written work has appeared in such magazines as Family Circle, New West and MS, and in newspapers around the country. She has covered topics as varied as the Neptune Society to the UN Commission on Women.

Ms. Goodman’s Book, Reinventing Retirement: 389 bright ideas about Family, Friends, Health, What to Do and Where to Live has been chosen by the Book of the Month Club, The Quality Paperback Book Club and several other book clubs as a favored selection. It has been a best seller on Amazon in its category. This book is a comprehensive baby boomers guide to all aspects of retirement, from continuing to work to dealing with issues of moving, finding new interests, or feeling good about staying put. Read More→


Joy to the (Working) World

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Darcy Eikenberg, ACC

By Darcy Eikenberg, ACC

With all the words we’ve used to describe the new world of work lately, “joy” isn’t exactly one of them. After all, it means great delight, happiness, elation–words that don’t seem to reflect the modern workplace.
Amid extreme financial pressures, job security worries, increased competition, and ongoing changes in our offices and worksites, you might ask “where the heck is the joy around here?”

But I propose that there is great joy to be found in the working world –if only we know where to look.  Here are my four favorite places to discover your joy at work, this new year and beyond.

1. The Joy of Earning. Let’s just say it–getting paid is a joyous thing! While it’s wonderful to say “I’d do this even if they didn’t pay me,” earning money allows us to take better care of our families and ourselves. Why do we shy away from talking about what we earn in the workplace? Take a minute, look at your paycheck (or view your direct deposit online) and tell yourself, “Congrats–you earned it.” There’s no shame in having pride and joy around what you make–no matter how much it is, or how much more you’d like it to be! Read More→

Top Ten Reasons to Take the 2Young2Retire Course

1. You are 50 or better and know you have many bonus years ahead.

2. You are ready to take responsibility for designing a future at least as interesting as your past, possibly more so.

3. You are willing to invest in a process that will help you create a life based on what is most important to you. Read More→


Top Ten Ways To Retire Retirement

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  1. Retire the word “retirement” from your vocabulary. Look it up: it means to “withdraw” or “retreat.” Words can shape reality, and it’s time for this one to go. Doesn’t “renaissance” or “graduation” better describe your post-career life?.
  2. Realize that retirement is a relatively new concept in human evolution. A few generations ago, before social security and full-time leisure became culturally embedded as the “norm,” elders remained productive members of society, relied upon for their insight, wisdom and skills. Read More→