As many of you know, I write success stories and valuable tips on networking, how to write resumes, prepare for the interview, salary negotiating, volunteering and public speaking. This is the success story of Cal and how one of his networking contacts led him to his ideal job.
Cal just sold his small trucking business and wasn’t quite sure how to apply networking to his job search.
He was looking for a Sales Manager position and found his opportunity through networking. This is what happened.
Cal’s daughter, Annie, was a dental hygienist. She cleaned patient’s teeth while networking for her dad. One day when she was networking with a patient in the dental chair, she discovered he was an acquaintance of one of her dad’s buddies. “Don’t you just love it when the dentist or dental hygienist asks you questions when your mouth is wide open, stuffed with dental tools?” Would you like to hear more? Read on …
Annie told the patient that her dad was networking looking for networking contacts. She asked if he knew anyone in the construction industry. And he did. Cal was very excited about this new networking opportunity. The following week his networking contact emailed him the contact information.
When I was thinking about what to write to you this week, I thought of one of the most difficult times in my life. A time so difficult, I realized my fear of public speaking changed from a big giant in my life to a tiny, little piece of dust. As a career coach, I am confident this information will be valuable for interviewing, networking and negotiating as well.
Do you have a fear of public speaking? Have you ever wanted to be a trainer, but your fear of public speaking has prevented you from applying for the job? Or, maybe you have a story to tell. A story that will help others, but your fear of public speaking has prevented you from telling your story to groups? Is fear of public speaking your answer to the question Whats your biggest weakness? FYI! Only use this answer, if you dont need it for the job. All these things were ME, many years ago. Can you relate to this today? It could be hard for those who aren't native English speakers to speak publicly, so might look for help from somewhere like Effortless English accent training to help an improve their English.
Did you know that most of us started out with this fear? Well, in 1997, I had just gone through an experience that was bigger than my fear of public speaking I knew my fear of public speaking was about to end in comparison. However, I still needed to prove it to myself. So, this is what I did. I applied for the trainer job I always wanted and created a marketing campaign for my first public speaking engagement. I was ready.
Are you at a crossroads in your career? As a career coach, one thing every client I work with has in common is they are all going through a major change in their life. When you are in career transition, whether you’re working on your resume, interviewing, networking or salary negotiating skills, it is so important to maintain a healthy balance during change so you don’t crash. Remember, being successful includes maintaining a healthy balance in every area of your life. So, in this week’s blog, I would like to give you the tools you’ll need to create career goals and overcome fears in order to achieve your goals.
I have a story to tell you. Before I get started … I want you to know… that everything I’m about to tell you about my life is what led me to be in this positive place. I am living proof of how using your own personal power by choosing positive thinking, can change your life.
Here's my story. I discovered the inner strength and personal power within me many years ago when I lost my job, I lost my house and to top that off, my dog of 15 years died. I remember sitting there as I was realizing that almost every area of my life had changed within 1 month. Was I scared? You bet I was. It was at that moment, I decided I had to clean house, mentally and physically. Get rid of negative people in my life and surround myself with positive energy to simplify my life. I was starting over. My life was a new adventure. What I didn’t know was I was about to face, within another month my biggest challenge ever. The phone rang, I heard a voice say “Are you sitting down?” I remember thinking “Oh God, no, not my son, Max.” I asked “is he alive?” He said barely. My 7 year old son was diagnosed with bone cancer and if we didn’t start the most aggressive, experimental chemo therapy within 12 hours he’d die. For me, it was incomprehensible that my happy little boy who already was challenged with Cerebral Palsy and in a wheel chair at the age of 7 was now fighting for his life with bone cancer. It took me a very long time to tell this story without tears. I was already aware of the effects that positive thinking could have on my life. I also knew that if I didn’t start practicing positive think right away, I would not be able to make it through this to be there for my son.