Your Elevator Speech: The Key to Connecting Effectively and Effortlessly

Networking is one of the key tools that can make the difference between a good career and a great career.  Many people shy away from networking or fumble around when meeting new people because they do not know what to say about themselves.   They are missing an opportunity to connect with the very people whom need them! The secret is in crafting a short and powerful “elevator speech”.

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Personal Branding for Musicians and Artists – Using Your Unique Gifts to Connect With Your Audience

One of the most important tools for advancing a career in the creative world is the use of a personal brand. Once the domain strictly of commercial enterprises, the principles of branding are now used successfully by individuals who want to clearly communicate why they are the best person to provide a service to the audiences they want to reach. The same principles that have made Steinway “the finest pianos in the world” and Nike products for athletes who “just do it” can be applied to musicians and artists who want to distinguish themselves from their peers.

 

Creative Personal Branding – Find Your Brand in 4 Easy Steps

One of the most important tools for advancing your career is defining and using your personal brand.  A brand is your vision of who you are and what you do for your audiences.  It is a message that distinguishes you from your competition by expressing what makes you unique and memorable, so that your target audience connects with you emotionally and wants to work with you.
Defining your personal brand is simple using this four-step process:

Why I Love Networking

Learn why I love to network and how networking can help you take your life and career from “good” to “great”. I have the best job.  I get to meet fascinating, motivated, talented, creative people and through my work, I am able to help them go from good to great. That is why I love to network. Over the years, …

Set Your Intention: The First Step to Making Your Dreams Happen

Experience the power of setting an intention for yourself in order to make your dream a reality! In my last post on Career Paths, I encouraged you to experiment with your possible selves and explore the different career possibilities that might exist for you.  There will come a time when one of these options feels right.  That’s the moment to …

Meet Astrid Baumgardner: My authentic self and perfectionism

I discovered coaching after a traumatic life experience—a sudden and nearly fatal illness— that altered my concept of a fulfilling life. After several surgeries and a month in the hospital, I could barely walk or talk. Yet something inside me knew that I was going to be okay. With an unfailing sense of the positive, a lot of hard work and determination, together with incredible support from family and friends, I regained my health. I realized that I had been given the opportunity to create the life that I always wanted. This led me to discover that I had a mission to inspire and empower others to find and live their authentic selves and I have been coaching ever since.

How to Maximize Your Productivity in 5+ Steps

How often do you feel completely overwhelmed by all the things that are on your plate both at work and in your personal life? Wouldn’t it be great to have a system that would help you organize your projects in such a way that you knew what to do and could get through your tasks with ease and confidence? 

Here is a simple 5+step process that can get you out of overwhelm and make you more productive and effective.

Successful Goal Achievement – 5 Steps to Help You Overcome Your Obstacles to Success

In my last article, we saw how a great goal might get sabotaged by a host of different challenges, ranging from lack of technical skills, professional experience and career advancement to lack of money to negative thoughts that cast doubts on your abilities to poor time management. If you are committed to your goal, you have faced the music and have made a list of all your challenges. The next step is to come up with strategies for overcoming those challenges and breaking those down into the weekly actions that will get you to your goals.

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