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Off With Their Talking Heads!

by Derek Sisterhen on September 20, 2011

I have to be honest with you… No, wait a second. I hate it when I start a statement with, “I have to be honest”, it implies that I’m not always honest, but that, in this moment, I’m signifying that I will, in fact, be honest.

I don’t like that.

I’m always honest with you guys. In my honesty I’m going to vent a little bit.

I give plenty of accolades and much respect to the pioneers of the Internet. The technology we have today is incredible and it allows us to have a meaningful impact on many around us. It allows me to have awesome interactions with you, the loyal members of the PDR universe.

It also allows for an incredible preponderance of garbage.

That’s right. Thanks to the ease with which ebooks, physical books, audio books, blogs, videos, and websites can be birthed into existence, the number of hacks hatching before our eyes has grown exponentially.

Just because someone reads Think And Grow Rich doesn’t make them qualified to act as a business coach. Neither does reading The Millionaire Next Door mean they’re equipped to advise those with two commas in their net worth.

While it can be humorous in some cases, I find it increasingly obnoxious.

Now, please don’t be misled by the title of this post; I’m not suggesting we gather the villagers and head out with pitchforks and (freshly sharpened) axes. What I see in this crowd of talking heads is the same thing we’ve all seen at any family reunion or awkward high school reunion conversation. Just think of your loony uncle with all his political diatribes that have no factual basis. Or think of that guy or lady you meet at a party who has the tax code pegged (but doesn’t actually know the difference between a deduction and a credit).

See, talking heads have been with us forever. Our Information Age has just given them a unique megaphone like none that ever existed before. So, be on guard. A healthy dose of skepticism is wise; shrewdness is laudable.

By the way, did I tell you I’m planning on writing an ebook on brain surgery. I mean, I’ve watched a lot of Discovery Health and Grey’s Anatomy, and, you know, my wife used to work in healthcare. I’m pretty sure I’m qualified…

Ah, but then I’d be sticking my neck right out there on the chopping block.

Keep it real, friends; somebody has to.

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Twitter To Get A Job

by Jory Butler on January 20, 2011

This is one example of how to use “Twitter” in your job search.  Have fun with it.

The recommended book is called, “The Twitter Job Search Guide.”

(Go Ahead and hit the full screen button so you can see the video better)

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KosRdQRSNQ0

If we haven’t connected on Twitter, my Twitter ID is: JoryButlerCoach

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Wanna Be A Superhero?

by Jory Butler on December 1, 2010

Would you want to be a superhero like Spider-man, Superman, or even Shrek? Yes, I consider Shrek a superhero.  (I personally would love to fly.)  Where would someone find out how to become a superhero?   How would you ever become a superhero?

There really is a simple way to finding out if you would like to be a superhero or even like a particular career.  Informational interviewing is a great way to find out.   It’s asking someone who is doing what you want, questions.

For example:  If you wanted to become a real estate agent, you could take a high quality agent out for lunch. (I would suggest an agent that lives far enough away that it wouldn’t be competition.)   Take a notepad and ask as them questions such as:

  • How did you get started in this career?
  • What does your typical day look like?
  • In a down economy what things do you do to keep an income?
  • What have you learned on the job that school doesn’t teach?
  • What would you recommend someone new to focus on first?

By actually taking initiative, you’ll discover if you would  like a particular career path or not.   I know this may be simple wisdom, but not many people do it.  So if you desire a specific career, go find out if you would enjoy it.  Informational interviewing is a great way to find out what you love.   There you have it.  Happy interviewing!

Photo Credit:   Stitch / Jimmy Hilario

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That’s Just Me, And I’m Stickin’ To It!!!!

by Jory Butler on November 16, 2010

Boy, if we stuck to that line, we would all be in trouble, hugh?  Why do we do the things we do?  What’s that guy’s problem?  Why doesn’t my wife understand me?  Ok, maybe the last question is just because wives are superior to husbands. (Wives you can thank me now.)   We tend to ask questions like this, because our lack of understanding about personality.  There are many personality tests out there.   The Myers Briggs, Strong’s, and DISC are to name a few.

Why is this “Personality” testing so important when it comes to our work?  Here are a few reasons why:

  • Better understand someone else, such as your coworkers.
  • Become a better communicator. (And again the wives, say Amen!)
  • Know how you like to act towards task.
  • Helps you see things you may not see on your own.
  • Helps you understand the environments that you thrive in.
  • Helps this coach better understand my career clients.

How does this translate into your career?

Have you ever known someone who is a dominate type?  They make quick decisions and solve problems.  If your personality is more reserved, you may need to speed up your speech or get to the point with a dominate type of person.   Likewise, if you are dominant type, maybe you could slow down and take time to listen.  If you interview with someone that has a different personality style, you can communicate in the way they like to build rapport.

When we have an understanding of our personality and strengths, we will tend to find more satisfaction in our activities.  It can help you go from just good enough, to excelling in all facets of life.  If you haven’t taken a personality test, try one for the fun of it.  Make it a game and it might help you find a better fit for work that matters.

Photo by: (tourist_on_earth)

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I’m Not In Transition, Am I?

November 10, 2010

The career transition can be one of the hardest parts of life.   People are trying to navigate their course and keep a good attitude at the same time.  People who tend to focus on where they want to go, usually have a better attitude during career transition.  Make the choice today to smile, be good […]

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Networking and Relationships

October 14, 2010

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5c2-ETcRrvg&feature=player_profilepage The best way to network is to connect with those people you have great relationships.  Far too many people go the route of traditional networking, without looking at who they already know.  It’s like cold calling someone and asking for help vs. calling someone you know well and asking for help.  Take time to […]

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Hey Buddy! I Need Some Help!

September 10, 2010

Working with clients, reading many books, and simply living life, one thing is for sure about careers.  In order to find a career that you love, you must “Network.”  That means building relationships and asking for help.  The term network, can instantly cause our minds to go blank and bring fear. Some clients say, “I […]

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