5 tips to run a successful meeting

Meetings are an essential part of every organization.  Yet, at least 50% of meetings today are ineffective.  This cartoon on the left may seem silly but is not far from the truth in describing bad meetings.  It is essential to your success to learn how to run a successful meeting.  Effective meeting management skills will Read More →

develop soft skills

In today’s competitive environment, it is imperative for employees to gain a competitive edge in order to achieve long-term growth and success. If you have the right technical knowledge and skills with reasonable achievements, you may have good chances of landing your dream job. However, you can further increase your chances of getting noticed by Read More →

tips for college graduates

Just graduated from college?   Congratulations and welcome to the workforce!  Do these words excite you or scare you to death?  If you are anything like me when I graduated from college, it’s probably both. Transitioning from college to work can be a huge change.  It’s okay to feel exhilarated and nervous. I still remember how

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how to network with senior executives

I consider myself to be fairly competent at networking.  Even so, I still got intimidated when I thought about how to network with senior executives at my company.   I probably experienced some of the same self-doubt you have gone through: Why would they want to build a relationship with me?  I don’t work with them day to day

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how to tell a story in a presentation

Storytelling is vital to a professional presentation. Once you learn how to tell a story in a presentation, you can build your reputation significantly.   Storytelling can help you connect personally with your audience and make your presentation more memorable.   Many people hesitate to tell personal stories.  Common self-doubt include “What does this have to do

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coach valvano

A big thank you to our Executive Author, Cindy Wong-Zarahn for writing this article In the U.S., the national college basketball tournament affectionately known as “March Madness” mesmerizes much of the country for a few weeks in March. The latest tournament is recently behind us, and throughout the TV coverage I was reminded of one of

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emotion communication

When my kids were in daycare, they were gently cared for. They were nurtured. They had great snacks and long naps. And they were taught about communicating emotions. I’ll never forget the first time I heard my daughter say, “Mommy, I don’t like that you said that. When you say that it makes me feel

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no-limits

Do you want to find any job or your dream job?  The focus of this post and podcast is for all those who want the latter – a dream job!  Finding any job requires many of the same things – a great resume, good interview and networking skills, and a relentless effort to keep applying.  However, there is one difference in

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say yes

I know it’s well into the New Year, but I am still pondering what to do differently this year to take my life to the next level.  Here is one idea I am implementing – Say Yes, when I usually say no. I am realizing, if I want to grow in life and at work.

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sugar newlyweds

I can’t stop watching this video.  It just make me feel so good about life and people.  My husband showed it to us a few weeks ago.  Now my kids and I watch it almost every day and dance to it in pure joy. So why am I share this on my career blog?  Well, it made think about the true meaning

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frozen-elsa-anna

Lei:  I am excited to introduce a new Executive Author to our Soft Skills Gym – Cindy Wong-Zarahn.  I only met Cindy last year but feel like we have been old friends for years.  She has close to 20 years of experience in the corporate world with plenty of battle scars as well as very sage advice.

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