Monday, 31 January 2011

A great way to enjoy building greater business and career opportunities

Are you someone who walks away from a networking event with 20 random business cards or 5 really useful business cards? 

One of the most powerful and effective ways to create business opportunities is through networking.   Networking enables you to increase the number of people you know who can be of assistance to you in your work and career.  The key is to ensure you meet the right people and to do this, simply follow these easy steps:

1.     Prior to the event, create a list of the type of professionals who would be most useful to you and those who can potentially make introductions to those professionals.   For example, if financial advisers are on your useful list, you may also want to include accountants as they may be able to make introductions for you.

2.     Review the event guest list and identify those people who fall within the categories you have listed in 1 above.  (If your useful professionals are not going to be at the event then go to an event where they will be!)

3.     Attend the event and go in search of your key people.  Now that you have clearly identified who you should be approaching, you will increase your chances of meeting that person.  Have you ever bought a new gadget and then noticed how many other people have it?  It is just the same!  Once you start looking for financial advisers, they will start appearing!

When you follow these easy steps, you will get more enjoyment in networking as you increase your chances of meeting the right people and build greater career and business opportunities.

Go for quality, not quantity, and have fun!

More networking tips to follow...In the meantime, I can highly recommend purchasing The Jelly Effect by Andy Bounds.  This book is about how to make your communication stick and describes these networking techniques brilliantly!

Monday, 17 January 2011

How can career coaching help you to pursue a fantastic career?

What are you doing to find your ideal career?  How many hours have you spent searching the internet and scanning job vacancies? 

When considering career options, it is common for people to spend hours searching the internet and scanning job vacancies.  They want to discover a job which they are really suited to and hoping the answer will eventually jump out at them but when will this happen?  Will their ideal job appear tomorrow, next month or next year?  Who knows?  How can they ensure they find the answer?

One of the most powerful techniques for achieving this is coaching.  Coaching is a unique and objective form of support which will enable you to find the answers to your career and move forward more quickly and easily than doing it alone.  

During a series of coaching sessions, the coach will help you to develop fantastic self-awareness which will accelerate the discovery of career options best suited to your personality, enabling you to bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be.  Ultimately, with some willingness and commitment, you will be able to make the changes you want to make and move confidently towards a fulfilling and rewarding career!   

...and there’s more.....
During my coaching programmes, I also provide practical techniques and structure to assist job hunting to enable you to focus your job search and achieve results.  What more could you want?!

If you know someone who is struggling to enjoy their career, tell them about coaching now! 

Monday, 10 January 2011

How do you choose the right career?

Choosing the right career can seem daunting.  Where do you start?  Who do you talk to?

In my first blog I wrote about my life story and the journey I took to find a career that is really me and is what I want to do.  I also mentioned in the blog that this journey took a lot of thinking time, perseverance, research and planning but what does this all mean exactly?  How did I choose the right career for me? 

To help answer this question, I have summarised the process I took in three simple steps:

1.     Self Awareness – How well do you know yourself?  I spent time with a trusted individual who could be objective and help me to discover the kind of career that would best suit my personality, skills and expertise.  As a result, I was able to fully imagine my ideal career.  This was a fantastic starting point and gave me an exciting outcome to work towards.

2.     Research and Networking – Can a job description alone tell you if you are suited to a role?  I researched and spoke to people about the different roles available in the areas I was interested in.  Networking is a great way to identify and explore career possibilities and opportunities from different perspectives as well as to maintain momentum in your search.  It gave me the opportunity to match my ideal job to specific roles.

3.     Decision Making and Planning – Has procrastination ever given you the result you wanted?  Having identified what I wanted to do, I made the final decision to set up my own business, formulate an action plan and deliver it!  To get what I wanted I had to now step out of my comfort zone and do something about it.  This was hard work but worth it!

The only prerequisite for the three steps is to take ownership of your career.  After much thought, I recognised that finding and pursuing the career of my dreams was my sole responsibility.  I had to put time and effort into it otherwise I would be waiting a long time for the answer.  My family and friends were not going to find it for me nor were my colleagues.  It was my career and my responsibility to make it a good one!  

These steps are tried and tested by me.  I know they can work which is why they have become the foundation for some of my career coaching programmes!

Take ownership of your career now!

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

It’s 2011! Conquer that ‘Sunday evening feeling’ now!

Did you know that only a minority of us keep our New Year’s resolutions?

When clients identify a goal, I always ask them how much they want to achieve it on a scale of 1 to 10; 10 being that they really want to achieve it.  If my client gives a score of less than 8, they have some doubt about achieving their goal which will prevent them from sustaining the motivation required to succeed.  Individuals will only achieve the goals they really want to achieve.

If your New Year’s resolution is to find a fulfilling and rewarding career, ask yourself the same question.  How motivated are you in achieving it?  If you are hesitating or give a score of less than 8, let’s see what happens as you take a step forward into your future.

It is now Sunday 4th December 2011...

You have not achieved your New Year’s resolution to find a fulfilling and rewarding career and still feel unsatisfied with your working life.  Monday morning is looking bleak and your stress levels are rising.  You phone a friend and tell them about your dislike for Sunday evenings.  In fact, you feel worse than you did in January 2011 and wonder what effect this will have on your life in 2012.  Are you wasting valuable time?

Pause for a moment and now replay Sunday 4th December 2011.  This time something different has happened...

Congratulations! You have achieved your New Year’s resolution and found a fulfilling and rewarding career.  The future is looking bright and you feel fantastic.  You have had a relaxing day out with friends and told them about the exciting things you have on at work this week.  You are happily preparing yourself for Monday morning and are setting yourself some exciting goals for 2012!  Think what you can achieve now!

Pause again and then step back to the present day...

How motivated are you now?  If you have reached 9 or 10 on the scale, keep going and have a read of my top tips to help you take the next step!  (Another article for lawyers but again don’t let that put you off - it can relate to everyone!) 

Wishing you every success in achieving a great career in 2011 and a very happy New Year!