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Refining Our Vocabulary

Refining Our Vocabulary

Feb 27, 2018

Throughout the day, we all make conscious decisions as to how to appear more confident and professional within the workplace. We carefully choose what we’re going to wear; we make sure to appear polished when we walk through those doors at the beginning of the day. However, there is one area of our professional lives that can often end up on autopilot, and the mistakes that creep in discount our confidence and credibility: our words.   

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Stop Feeling Impolite: Tips For Making "The Ask"

Stop Feeling Impolite: Tips For Making "The Ask"

Jan 30, 2018

For many, the task of “making an ask” invokes unpleasant feelings. Whether we’re negotiating a salary, fundraising, selling a product, or asking for a big favor, we often sell ourselves short simply because we don’t know how to execute “the ask.” Our overly-courteous inclinations tend to overtake the situation, and we walk away wishing we could have acted more boldly.    

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Our Conference Call Hang Up

Our Conference Call Hang Up

Oct 03, 2017

Our workdays all tend to include some less-than-pleasant aspects, but nothing seems to garner a collective groan quite like a conference call. Modern technology has made it easy to talk to dozens of people across the globe simultaneously. However, no one ever claimed it was enjoyable.   

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Caution: Toxic Work Environment Ahead

Caution: Toxic Work Environment Ahead

Sep 26, 2017

Monday through Friday we spend more time with our professional colleagues than our own families. Therefore, it is imperative to our personal well being that our workplace be a positive and fulfilling environment.   

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The Art of "Thank You"

The Art of "Thank You"

Sep 12, 2017

If there is one thing our Southern mamas taught us, it’s the importance of manners. More than likely, somewhere between “yes ma’am,” “no ma’am,” “please,” and “thank you,” the art of the thank you note was also drilled into our brains.    

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No Thank You

No Thank You

Jul 25, 2017

Though it may not feel like it outside, summer will soon be coming to an end. With this shift comes an uptick in our to-do lists. Inevitably community clubs, boards of directors, church groups, and school committees will start planning their fall schedules and reaching out to go-getters like you asking for help.    

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6 Steps to a Successful Social Media Strategy

6 Steps to a Successful Social Media Strategy

Jul 18, 2017

Let's face it, people – social media is here to stay! Gone are the days of sitting at your desktop hyperventilating at the sound of a new AOL instant message notification from sportzdude503. A few of us dinosaurs remember pre-Facebook civilization, long before the days of Snapchat and Instagram. Others have never experienced a day without these social media platforms present in their lives.    

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Everyone is Watching

Everyone is Watching

Jun 06, 2017

These days, social media seems to invade every corner of our lives. No matter your privacy settings, your personal social media pages can have serious effects on your professional reputation. These platforms give coworkers, clients, and potential employers an up close and personal look into your private life, but don’t delete your Facebook page just yet. If you simply consider a few things when engaging in social media, you’ll be fine.   

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Personal Brands: Fact or Fiction?

Personal Brands: Fact or Fiction?

May 09, 2017

When discussing career advice and professional growth, we often hear the term “your personal brand”. To some, the phrase can come across as corny or self-serving. It does seem quite bold to think that just like corporations such as Apple or Starbucks, you as an individual also have a brand. Is a personal brand a real thing, or is this just some trendy jargon used by bloggers and social media enthusiasts? The last thing any of us needs is another area of our professional lives to worry about.   

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Before You Click Send

Before You Click Send

May 02, 2017

Emails serve as the predominate form of communication between modern professionals and the rest of the world. Our business relationships depend on the effectiveness of our emails, and just like everything else we put out into the world, our email style contributes to our own personal brand.   

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