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4 ways to make sure you are not misunderstood

4 ways to make sure you are not misunderstood

4 ways to make sure you are not misunderstoodMisunderstood? You thought you spoke or wrote clearly what you meant. You meant good but it didn’t get interpreted that way.

It was bad enough when we just had to worry about talking over the fence to our neighbor or on the dial phone in the kitchen. Today you can be create misunderstandings on a 100 platforms daily.

You can be misunderstood in milliseconds

Not only can you hurt the feelings of the person you were talking to by saying something that is misunderstood but it can be passed to 1000’s in a heartbeat. It can also be used against you months or even years later because your words don’t disappear on social media.

I find people who are so worried about their brand on their resume but they speak with wild abandon on social media.

4 ways to make sure you are not misinterpreted

  1. Don’t write or speak without thinking first.
  2. If you feel passionate about something, remember that there are other people who are equally passionate in the opposite direction and they may be your good friends, network or even your next hiring manager. Are you that passionate that you are willing to give up your future? If so, go ahead. Otherwise, think hard first.
  3. If you are thinking about someone who bothers you with a personality trait, are you willing to insult others who are otherwise good people because you are angry at your father, mother, husband, wife, sister, or brother. Keep your own issues out of the conversation.
  4. If you really want to blast someone, write it today on paper and if you feel the same way tomorrow, then post it.

Make a good first impression online too!

When I speak with job seekers, they are very concerned that they make the right impression at the interview but today you make an impression all the time.

If you do screw up, don’t beat yourself up. Hit delete if you can or just be more careful in the future.

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Why I need to be the author of my own blog content

Why I need to be the author of my own blog content

Why I need to be the author of my own blog contentIn recent weeks, at least two people asked who writes my blog content. Until they asked, I assumed everyone knew I write everything on my site. I truly believe that my voice has to be the one on my blog.

I get requests frequently from people who would like to supply content here. I generally hit delete because the requests are from people I never heard of before and I don’t want anyone else writing my content.

Who writes your blog content?

One of my clients said that he didn’t know when I found the time since he knew how very busy I have been all year with new clients. He assumed I bought content or had other people write for me. He couldn’t see how I found time to write blog content with the number of clients I was juggling.

When he bought his package, he was disappointed because there were no open appointments for two weeks. But all was well and he was happy because I immediately added him to my cancellation list. He was able to get his project going much sooner due to clients who had to cancel because they were ill or had unexpected work commitments.

I told him that one reason I am writing more content lately is I recognized I failed to prioritize writing content. It is this blog that built my business and as I got busier, I slowed down writing blog content because I was writing for clients all the time. By reorganizing my schedule and by dropping other things, I found time to write.

Why writing blog content makes me a better career professional

In this blog, I often expand on answers to questions my clients asked. The blog allows me to give more career marketing information that will interest my clients and others looking for career help. I know I will never work with most of the people who read my blog, but I can make sure that there is quality content and information out there to help job seekers.

In the writing of this blog content, I find myself learning new things to help job seekers. It’s a win-win. The blog also gives me the opportunity to talk about things that are on my mind that go beyond career marketing, like this post. It’s a platform that let’s me reach out to other people and share my thoughts.

Love of writing

It helps that I really do love to write and you always get better at what you do with practice. Writing this blog for the past eight years and creating 970+ blog posts improved my overall writing and helped me understand content marketing to allow me to teach others.

This blog is a commitment but one that I truly love. As my list of regular readers expands, I find myself even more motivated to create new content.

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How to be successful in social media

How to be successful in social media

How to be successful in social mediaOften I am asked the secret to success in social media and I think it boils down to one thing. Be Authentic! Be Genuine

The key to social media is being authentic

People read books and articles on how to be successful on social media looking for something magical. But there are two things that are critical to success in social media whether you are talking about Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

One is being authentic or genuine. What that means to me is that you don’t try to be someone you aren’t. Whether you are looking for a new job or building a business, you have to remember that no one likes a fake. It is so easy to be genuine.

Talk about what you care about (preferably not politics but that is a topic for another day) and share things that matter to you.

Be kind in the process of sharing

Kindness to others really does go far. As you share, comment, and react, stop thinking about it as social media but think about it as an interaction among friends. Social media allows us to share the victories of our friends, celebrate birthdays and new babies, and mourn the death of loved ones. It is an opportunity to be caring.

The other critical thing about social media

You have to be present. I will admit that today my presence is larger on Facebook than anywhere else. I still use Twitter but not like I did in 2009 to 2012. I teach LinkedIn and make sure I show up regularly but it is not where I can be found most. But I built so many of my Facebook connections from other platforms and I continue to use all of them to build my business and share my content.

People ask how you get to know people on social media. Be present and be authentic (genuine)!

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How does an attack strategy make you look to an employer?

How does an attack strategy make you look to an employer?

We live in a world of instant communication. This can be both a blessing and a curse. For some people, this means that they can use an “attack strategy” to communicate with the world at any given time.

People attack in the comments on Facebook and now even LinkedIn on a regular basis. For some people, the anonymity of the web has lulled them into a false sense of security where they feel free to spew vile and mean-spirited comments. For others, they don’t care if they are anonymous or not, they are content to be nasty on a regular basis.

The consequences of the attack strategy

While this attack strategy may seem fine to you,  keep in mind that with the availability of IT tools to employers, you never know when your employer or future employer may be viewing your comments and making a decision about your future. You may be eliminated from promotions or eliminated all together. The new job you really wanted may go to the candidate whose online presence was positive.

Does this mean that you can’t say what you think?

No, it means you should think about what you say and how you say it. You may think that the witty and snarky comment on Facebook in the comment section of the online newspaper, the Facebook page for the television station, or a blog site is fine but you’re only reading it from your point of view.

In this age of instant communication, your comments can be read by almost anyone and sometimes they live on forever. I just looked up an article from 2010 when I saw a familiar name somewhere else and I found the comment stream just as I remembered it back then. If you think about what you say from someone else’s perspective, you may decide to forgo the comment.

Social media networking is a privilege that is new to most people. You don’t know the long term results so I would suggest you be cautious about venting on social media about virtually any topic unless the opinion you are voicing is a total deal-breaker for you.

Even when a topic is important to you, see if you can voice your thoughts in a way that you would if you were having a conversation without using an attack strategy. I wonder how much of the hate I see daily on social media would actually be said to someone’s face. I hope I am right that most people have better judgment.

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