The Challenge of Small Talk

“It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.” – Mark Twain

I am sure you have heard that the fear of public speaking is THE number one social fear of all. Can you guess what number two is? It is the fear of starting a conversation with a stranger. This means that if you are ever at an event where you do not know anyone, you cannot wait for someone to approach you. It is up to you to start the conversation and, most likely, to keep it going.  Continue reading “The Challenge of Small Talk”


The Challenge of Employee Engagement

We can find common ground only by moving to higher ground.” —Jim Wallis

As previously mentioned, I am one of the leads for the Women’s Inclusion Network (WIN), an Employee Resource Group (ERG) at my organization. I joined this group because I genuinely believe in the power of employee engagement – what it can do for the company’s business results and what it can do for the individual and career development. Not only do I buy into all the research and statistics about employee engagement, I witness it all around me on regular basis. There is not a shadow of a doubt in my mind – engaged employees ARE more productive, more supportive, and happier overall. I guess you can say I have a passion for the concept. Continue reading “The Challenge of Employee Engagement”

The Challenge of Networking: Networking 101 Proposal

“Pulling a good network together takes effort, sincerity and time.” – Alan Collins, author of “Unwritten HR Rules”

One of the major takeaways from the Women In Leadership Symposium this year was the fact that networking is THE strategy for making the next step in your career. In light of that notion, my Employee Resource Group (ERG) committee decided that our members need more tools in their toolbox to be successful networkers at our events. Basically, we would like to ensure that our events – that we put so much time, effort and sometimes even money into organizing – are as effective as we envision them to be. Which is why, as a co-lead of the Networking Pillar of the network, I am currently working on a proposal for a Networking 101 series of workshops.  Continue reading “The Challenge of Networking: Networking 101 Proposal”

The Challenge of Mentoring: What makes a mentor

“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.” – Benjamin Disraeli

A member of my Women’s Network has asked me for mentoring time. I have never mentored anyone before (Toastmaster’s mentoring is very targeted and would be considered more of a coaching relationship in the real world). I have never officially had a mentor until about a year ago. Actually, I have never even pictured myself in this role.
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The Challenge of Passion: The Passion Plan

Passion is the greatest liberator of our potential and the truest reflection of our inner selves. – Richard Chang

In my quest for excellence I often return to the same notion – what is my passion? As my sister put it in her blog – I don’t have a “Thing”. Because of my rapid learning superpower that is characteristic of all multipotentialites I have an ability to master practically anything I put my mind to. However, as soon as I have the task figured out, I am ready to move on to my next challenge. I do not have a passion for one, single, specific “Thing”. Continue reading “The Challenge of Passion: The Passion Plan”

The Challenge of Interview: Tell me about yourself

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you are like me, you are probably so nervous in the beginning of interview that you can hardly comprehend your own thoughts. This has got to be the reason that most interviews start with ice-breakers usually in the form of small talk and exchange of basic information. This means that one questions that you can expect is “Tell me about yourself”. While I usually respond with the elevator pitch and some touchpoints on my resume, for my next interview I am breaking up with the typical.  Continue reading “The Challenge of Interview: Tell me about yourself”

The Challenge of Independence: Dress For Success Power Walk

“A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

As I have previously mentioned, I am one of the leads of the Networking Committee for a Women’s inclusion Network (WIN).  I have found that being a part of this organization gives me opportunities to participate in many events that I would not have been aware of otherwise.  Continue reading “The Challenge of Independence: Dress For Success Power Walk”