Politics Can’t Be a Man’s World

Politics Can’t Be a Man’s World
The 2014 election cycle brought with it sweeping changes. Depending on your politics, these changes may have been welcome or they may have been dreaded. Regardless of your political leanings, when the 114th Congress begins in January, we will have a few breakthroughs for all women to (cautiously) celebrate. Women are a big deal. Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, or Independent, politicians have finally taken notice that women make up half of the population and ever since 1920, they’ve ... Read more
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Job Hopping Your Way to Success?

Job Hopping Your Way to Success?
The 2014 Employee Viewpoint Survey conducted by the government’s Office of Personnel Management found that millennials who accept a position with a government agency stay slightly less than four years. If you are in your 20s or early 30s, four years might seem like a long time to you. You may fear getting locked into a job or missing new opportunities. You may have been told that the only way to get ahead is by changing jobs so that you continue to grow both your salary and your ... Read more
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So, Ummm, What to, Like, Avoid During Presentations, Sort Of

So, Ummm, What to, Like, Avoid During Presentations, Sort Of
It’s challenging to give a good presentation. It takes experience, creativity, and talent (whether inherent or learned) to engage listeners and convey information in a way that is both entertaining and informative. Regardless of the importance of the information presented, the slick appearance of the slides, or the credentials of the presenter, there is one way that speakers can detract from their message and ultimately lose their audience. There are certain words that can ruin any ... Read more
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Busyness is not a Badge of Honor

Busyness is not a Badge of Honor
Recently an expert n television claimed that people put too much stock in the concept of work-life balance, that the focus should simply be on life with a capital L. There was then a discussion about whether we have entered an era of self-focus (think mani, pedi and massage, gym memberships, and constant connectivity with friends), or whether work still dominates our lives. Is the average person working more than forty hours per week, chained to their desks, laptops, and phones? Are people ... Read more
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Don’t Just Find Your Voice—Use It

Don’t Just Find Your Voice—Use It
Before you decide this is just another political blog—and who cares—stop for a minute and think about this: In your lifetime, women will not achieve political parity in this country. In your lifetime, women will never have an equal voice in running our nation, the state where you live, or your community. These statements are based on projections from a report issued about the state of politics by Women Donors Network. According to their survey of 42,000 elected officials, 71% are men, and ... Read more
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How to Discipline Your Calendar

How to Discipline Your Calendar
Recently I was stuck in an airport waiting for a connecting flight that was delayed. I was grateful it was still coming, but I realized that I would now get home much later than I had expected — well after midnight. I was also thinking that I had an early morning meeting the next day. My next thoughts were around how this schedule compression had occurred once again. Who accepts meeting invitations? (I do.) Who keeps/approves my calendar? (I do.) I may have an Executive Assistant who ... Read more
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How Not to Introduce Yourself

How Not to Introduce Yourself
By the time you snag your first professional job, you’ve heard the advice about introducing yourself a million time. Stand up, have a firm handshake, make eye contact, speak clearly, use titles like Ms. or Dr. until you are invited to do otherwise. You know the routine and you’ve mastered it. What you may not be as prepared for is how to introduce yourself at a meeting. Your introduction, of course, varies with the meeting. If the facilitator requests that each participant give ... Read more
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Feminism: Different Times, Different Definitions, Different Tactics

Feminism: Different Times, Different Definitions, Different Tactics
Young women who reached adulthood in the late 1960s and 1970s had generation specific issues facing them. At that time, the nation was just coming out of the “Father Knows Best” era. Women had limited educational and employment opportunities (nursing, teaching, and secretarial work were predominant options). They weren’t earning a significant percentage of graduate degrees, and they certainly weren’t earning equal pay. In fact, many of them had trouble getting a ... Read more
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How to Avoid Presentation Arrogance

How to Avoid Presentation Arrogance
Most new professionals have had a course in public speaking or communication 101. If you took these courses, you know all about doing the prep work, using media selectively, and arriving early for your presentation. You have been coached in avoiding “ah” or “like” as filler, and in not using jokes unless they are culturally relevant and appropriate for the situation. You also have to be good at telling jokes (which few people are). What you may not have been taught ... Read more
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Paralyzed by Choices

Paralyzed by Choices
As a society, we tend to romanticize the decade between the ages of 20 and 30. It’s the start of adult life, a beginning filled with opportunity, choice, and health. It’s a time for exploration, experience, and fun. If there are so many positives, why do so many young people seem stuck and unhappy? Parents complain that their children don’t appear to be moving forward in their careers. Psychologists discuss the unwillingness of the “twenty-somethings” to make ... Read more
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