Tired of Feeling Invisible? Here’s How to Be Seen and Rewarded

How to command an audience

“Do you feel sometimes like there’s a person inside that’s screaming to jump out?” asks leadership expert and executive coach Charmaine McClarie. “I want you to let that person out because that person is really the truth of who you are.”

But to be recognized and rewarded for who you truly are, it’s essential to use the language of leadership that makes people turn their heads and listen, says McClarie, who says her strategies have helped 98 percent of her clients be promoted within 18 months.

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Holiday Survival Tips from Simple Habit’s Founder

Yunha Kim meditating in a white roomA Stanford B school dropout, Yunha Kim is on her second startup—and like most things that meet a real need, it’s genius. Called Simple Habit, the app is a “Spotify” for meditation, meaning it’s a platform for different experts to share their bite-size meditations and audio therapy sessions.

Kim had her Eureka moment after turning to meditation apps to cope with the stress of running her first company. “I got pretty tired of hearing the same voice over and over again,” she recalls. “It occurred to me that to listen to a new singer, I don’t go to another app. I go to a platform like Spotify, where I can find new artists as well as my favorites.”

Flash forward less than three years, and Kim has a huge hit on her hands. “Simple Habit has helped more than 2.8 million people relieve stress and anxiety, with an average of 30,000 new users joining the platform every week,” she says. What’s more, she just closed $10 million in her series A, after raising $2.8 million from seed investors.

Her advice for newbie entrepreneurs? “Taking care of yourself is critical,” Kim says. “When you’re building a business from scratch, you are the number one resource you have. You will work long days, and stress is inevitable, so it’s important to take a little time each day to step away, breathe and reset.”

Here, Kim’s four tips—and her Simple Habit audio recommendations—for surviving the holidays: Read More

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Real Advice for Women Seeking Mentors and Allies

If your mentors all look like you, you have a mentor problem. Same goes if they all have similar backgrounds and work histories or if you have only one—or none.

“Your mentors should be a diverse network,” says David Smith, an expert on gender workplace issues and co-author of Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women. “If they’re not, you’re missing out on key perspectives and information, and you’re probably not being challenged enough in your thinking.”

Of course, for women in male-dominated fields such as the military (Smith’s background), the problem isn’t having too many mentors who look like you (i.e., female). The problem is having a mentor, period. Read More

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2018 Session | In the Wake of #MeToo: What the Workplace Looks Like Now

The #MeToo movement is accomplishing what the laws created to prevent sexual harassment didn’t do. Sexual harassment is finally being taken seriously and numerous companies are working to put an end to it. While this massive movement is a welcome shift for women, it is also changing the landscape for many. What are the consequences of this movement? How should it be discussed in the workplace? Are men less willing to mentor women out of fear? Do female entrepreneurs and potential job recruits have less opportunity because men are avoiding engaging with women? Come listen to this panel of experts discuss the ins and outs of a new workplace with a heightened awareness surrounding about harassment. Read More

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2018 Session | Personal Brand Overhaul: Redefine the Way You’re Perceived at Work

Everyone has a certain reputation (or “brand”) that they’re known for in the workplace, but for most people, that brand has been created by default, rather than by intentional design. The people you work with have built up their own perceptions, opinions, and judgments about who you are, what you’re good at—and possibly even what you’re not good at. They have “branded” you in their own minds. Have you allowed others to define your reputation? If so, you have the ability to re-brand yourself. This panel of branding experts will show you how to re-assess your brand –in person, online and when sending emails –  and adjust your communication to that you can attract high-profile projects and solidify your reputation as a leader. Read More

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2018 Session | Managing Up: How to Work Successfully with Any Type of Boss

Managing up is one of the most valuable soft skills you can develop in your career. It’s about building a relationship that fosters more communication, collaboration, and understanding between people at different levels of power, perspectives, and skills. Mastering these skills will help you build your reputation for effectiveness and grow a successful career. Leadership consultant Mary Abbajay and a panel of experts will share actionable tips to: Read More

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2018 Session | Reading Others: It’s All About the Body

Whether in a meeting with your colleagues, selling a client on an idea or mingling at a networking event, understanding what others are trying to say is imperative to your success. Led by Alice Rutkowski, nicknamed the “People Whisperer,” this session will boost your nonverbal intelligence so you can better grasp someone’s true intent and influence others with your own body language. Rutkowski will share the five keys to reading body language: kinesics, posture, trusting what you can see, studying hands and arms, and being able to accurately assess facial cues—so that you can understand the body language in your own postures and in that of others. You will walk away with a whole new set of tools for your next interaction! Read More

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Podcast | New Research Insights into High-Performing Teams

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Whether you lead a team or just want to understand yours better, this podcast is for you. In 30 minutes, Dr. Lauren D’Innocenzo, assistant professor of organizational behavior at Drexel LeBow College of Business, shares:

• What recent research has uncovered about what makes teams highly effective

• Two simple questions to determine if your team is working at its highest potential

• Group activities that jumpstart trust Read More

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5 Tips to Feel More Comfortable at Networking Events

This is one thing Alice Rutkowski, an executive communication and presence coach who has worked with more than 8,000 executives over the past 20-some years, wishes everyone knew:

Body language reflects what you believe about yourself and others.

“Consciously and unconsciously, we are reading others and they are reading us all the time,” says Rutkowski, vice president of executive development at Sagin. “For example, whether you’re sitting or standing, crossing your legs can convey nervousness. It puts your body out of alignment, and being unbalanced isn’t conducive to feeling confident—and people can see that.” Read More

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Navigating the Workplace in a Post #MeToo World…Now What? | Podcast

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In the wake of the #MeToo movement, cultural norms and workplace policies are evolving. And new questions and realities are starting to surface. Anecdotes of men avoiding women have started to proliferate. Some men wonder: Is it safe to take a closed-door meeting with a woman? Is it safe to mentor one? Join labor law leader Grace Speights for a forward-looking, 30-minute Q&A session about the workplace in a post #MeToo world. Drawing on her years of experience and her knowledge of employment best practices, she discusses how to dispel fear and mistrust to create a workplace that works for everyone. Read More

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