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The Gift of a Linkedin Connection: Creative Gift Idea #7

Don’t underestimate how you might be able to help someone by inviting them into your network. A Linkedin invitation is ideally a mutually beneficial experience; assuming that both parties are equally invested in their professional networks and they both use Linkedin. So, when you are enjoying the holiday parties of the season, go armed with your business card, and if you don’t…

The Gift of Expressing Thanks:Creative Gift Idea #6

Even though we may often get caught up in our own needs and desires, most of us do genuinely try to help others.  But do we recognize when others have helped us?  And beyond that, do we even think to thank them?  Sometimes the help we receive, an insightful suggestion, a new idea, an encouragement, an opportunity to help another which results…

The Gift of Genuine Interest & Curiosity: Creative Gift Idea # 5

Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last. – Samuel Johnson Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. – Carl Sagan For better or worse, I have always been intensely curious. I say “for better or worse” because curiosity has been known to get people into trouble, (poor cat!)  but I feel quite grateful for my…

The Gift of Listening: Creative Gift Idea #2

Listening is the greatest gift you can give.  By engaging in the act of listening you are giving someone the chance to tell their story. So, in order to really engage with someone, the best thing you can do is listen. I learned this after a powerful experience with master storytellers from the organization Narativ, that there is no story without a…

So it’s Thanksgiving. What do you have to be thankful for?

“So it’s Thanksgiving.  What do I have to be thankful for?  Lost my job, my income, and even my self confidence is slowly slipping away.  I just can’t feel gratitude for what is a disaster in my life.” Sounds familiar?  Perhaps even expressed by you? Seems like platitudes abound at this time of year and you are just not buying any of…

Making Networking The Best Gift You Can Give, Continued

3. The Gift of a Positive Attitude: You may be in a difficult place with your job search, and understandably so– an ongoing job search, being stuck in a job you hate, or chronic underemployment are all very demoralizing, but an optimistic outlook (ok, not that easy to find at times, but dig up whatever you can), can be beneficial on a…