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• Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Dealing with your ‘in the meantime’ malaise

Make good use of your time while climbing that mountain!

It’s pretty hard to focus on the world around us when we are going through a challenging time, including lacking luck in finding a job. Whether it’s a job search, stagnant sales, or any of life’s challenges, we can be heavily burdened by our fear, stress, and uncertainty.

Therefore, I challenge you to alter your way of thinking, embrace the challenge, and be proactive in the meantime. You know, your in the meantime – time spent in your holding pattern until you achieve your goal. So, here are some tips for springing into action, whether you feel like it or not, to endure and thrive during your in the meantime.

1.         Volunteer

If you are looking for a job and having no luck, continue to improve your skill set by identifying volunteer opportunities. You may be involved in your home owner’s association, place of worship, or children’s school lunch volunteer program.

Participate in your high school’s career day, and speak to youth about your career successes and challenges. If the school does not have a career day, start one! You never know if it will lead to a new career opportunity hand delivered to you by a high school alumnus who has an opening at his job that matches your qualifications and interests. Even if it does not, at least you have developed organizational and interpersonal skills planning the career day that you can reflect on your resume.

2.         Improve your community

One of the best ways to shake off the sullenness is to focus on others. Use your energy to help improve your community. Whether hosting a neighborhood watch program with the local police, or encouraging neighbors to participate in a community clean up, your efforts will benefit those around you.

 3.         Educate yourself

Education does not have to be in the form of a four-year degree. You can sign up for a certificate program in your career field, or general interests. Your in the meantime allows for you to participate in a class you never made time to take while you were working, including website design or learning a foreign language. Your leisurely classes can also be an added benefit to your knowledge, skills, and abilities.

4.         Improve yourself

Your in the meantime can lead you to explore ways to improve who you are. There is now time to explore your purpose and connectedness with others. It is a great opportunity to reinstate family dinnertime, reading a book, and building relationships with loved ones.

Developing your In The Meantime Plan

No matter how you choose to make the best of your in the meantime, there are three steps to help you make the best of your decisions: conceptualize, strategize, and implement.

Conceptualize what it is you want to do or pursue, like organize a book drive for the local library or joining a board of directors. What is it you want to do? Is it a benefit to your in the meantime? Next, strategize your approach. Who should you talk to in order to get started? How much time do you want to spend on the in the meantime activity? Finally, implement your plan. It is great to identify positive ways to occupy yourself in the meantime; however, all will be for naught if you do not follow through with your endeavors.

How have you dealt with your in the meantime? Let us know in the comments section.

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• Friday, April 08th, 2011

Join us for The premiere networking event in DC!

WHEN:
Saturday, April 16, 2011
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

WHERE:
M Street Bar and Grill
2033 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036
Get directions by car    Take METRO

 

WHO:
Washington, DC business owners, networking mavens, federal government agency representatives, business
decision makers, nonprofit organization leaders, and YOU! 

COST:
$42.00 (includes registration, appetizer, main course, dessert, unlimited Champagne or Mimosas, tax, and gratuity)

To foster an intimate environment and maximize conversation, limited spaces are available.

Registration for this event is closed. 

 

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• Monday, February 21st, 2011

ASK THE STRATEGIST: Shy Guy Needs Networking Help
February 21, 2011

Dear ATS: I am a very, very shy man who has no clue how to properly network when I go to business events, whether it’s a conference or after-work social gathering. My job mostly involves handling technology issues/problems for employees, so I only have to have limited contact, which is fine. But, I really want to get better at connecting with people during networking events. What should I do? – D.B., Washington, DC

You can employ a number of strategies to help you emerge from your shell during networking events. The first step is preparation. If you know who the main speaker is (or even the participants in attendance), you can do a little research – put your IT expertise to work for you! Google the speakers or participants, and look at their websites. You can also easily find out if you have mutual connections on social networking sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Look for the commonalities you share that can help break the ice when you meet these individuals in person.

Remember: there’s power in numbers! If you have a friend or co-worker who is a bit of an extrovert, ask him/her to accompany you to a function. Your friend’s accompanying you should put you at ease, a bit. A word of caution – establish the ground rules before you go to the event. A well meaning, extrovert friend should be there, in the background, to help you relax while making the rounds, rather than dominate the conversation you may have with a new acquaintance.

Before you go to the networking event, practice your elevator pitch (trust me, you’ll use it) on a family member, friend, or colleague. An elevator pitch articulates who you are and what you do in a brief amount of time. Perfected, your elevator pitch can help you introduce yourself, while engaging the listener. An elevator pitch, used as an introduction, should be no longer than 10 to 15 seconds. Yes, it is a short amount of time; but, if you are succinct, you will best capture the listener’s attention and interest in learning more about you.

You can also brush up your public speaking skills. A well-respected and trusted organization, Toastmasters, International (www.toastmasters.org), helps folks find their voices, while enabling an opportunity to bond with other participants. There are a number of local chapters in the greater Washington, DC area. I recommend visiting a few until you find the chapter that most appeals to you. Visit the Toastmasters website to find more than 400 local monthly meetings.

Good luck, and keep us posted.
THE STRATEGIST

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• Thursday, February 10th, 2011

“Connect To Advance”- Multicultural Networking Event
Hosted by Alton Fox and Julie Tanpitukpong

Date: Thursday, February 17, 2011
Time: 6-9 pm
Location: Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing
201 South Columbus Blvd Philadelphia, PA 19106
Theme: “Winter Wonderland on the Waterfront”
Cost: Registration – $10 Click link below to register:
http://connecttoadvancewinter.eventbrite.com
(Register under “Women’s MBA Network”)
Business Casual Attire
Complimentary self-parking

Connect to Advance is excited to bring “Winter Wonderland on the Waterfront” to the Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing. Come enjoy executive chef – inspired appetizers and discounted seasonal cocktails guaranteed to warm up your winter season. Complimentary self-parking is included.

Part of the proceeds will benefit the Philadelphia Chapter of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). Their mission is to provide programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities, and to plan for successful futures.

For more information, go to www.connecttoadvance.com.

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