Worklife Round-up for July 9th, 2018
This week we have articles on running meetings, pitching, happy job searches, playing to your strengths and networking tips.
No matter when your meeting or conference starts, the beginning is a make-or-break time, says author Daniel Pink. “Beginnings matter a lot.” That’s according to Daniel Pink, best-selling author of When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, who spoke to Editor in Chief Michelle Russell about how to apply what he’s learned about timing to business events: Michelle Russell: Many conferences start off with a motivational general-session speaker so people get excited about what’s to come.
We all face rejection, and it’s no fun. We actually fear it a lot. That fear can stall us and make us think that we really don’t have the value that a potential client or customer is looking for. Don’t make that mistake. Here are some strategies that will help you get over your fear of pitching.
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Looking back on my career I’ve been fortunate to work for four great companies and have gone through three “career transitions.” I went form WE Communications to Microsoft, then from Microsoft to startup Porch.com, and most recently I went back to my big company roots taking on a new role at SAP.
She recalls riding to lunch with some editors from the paper and asking, “So, what kinda food we getting?” as if they were old friends. She even met with the editor-in-chief later that day and asked him where he lived as if she were trying to spot potential neighborhoods.
Most feedback accentuates the negative. During formal employee evaluations, discussions invariably focus on “opportunities for improvement,” even if the overall evaluation is laudatory. Informally, the sting of criticism lasts longer than the balm of praise. Multiple studies have shown that people pay keen attention to negative information.
Try as you might, you just can’t avoid the need to network as you progress in your career. Certainly this skill comes more naturally to some than others. The question is…why? Personality obviously plays a part. But your mindset may be the biggest factor in getting over your apprehension.