Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Dancing With Purple Polar Bears

Many of you have asked whether I'm back to two-armed blogging. I am. The cast is off and the fingers of both hands are back on the keyboard. Remind me to tell you sometime about the dream I had while on pain medication: Dancing purple polar bears armed with cheese grinders, chasing me. While that sounds like the perfect premise for a Stephen King novel, I'm going to turn my attention to finding good stuff for this Tidbit Tuesday.

* Water Cooler Wisdom makes a terrific point about improving your writing skills.

* Before you send off that resume, use this quick checklist from Keppie Careers to make sure you've covered the bases.

* Looking for a laugh this morning? Slacker Manager has a funny bit about success tips for a manager's first day. Check out my comment...can you say "coffee breath"?

* For as long as I've been covering workplace issues (since the dawn of man?), there has been a debate about paid time off, where you have a "bank" of days off, and it doesn't matter whether you use them for being sick or going on vacation. Evil HR Lady has quite a debate raging on the subject.

* Six small habits from Girl Meets Business that could change your image immediately is aimed at young professionals, but I know plenty of older workers who could benefit from the advice as well.

*If you just can't get enough of March Madness, Newly Corporate has used the final four framework to show how to become more successful. By the way, I'll be contributing to this site in the near future, so keep an eye out.

Finally, I'll have Bill Lampton, a communications guru, on my Blog Talk Radio show this morning at 10 a.m. CST. We're going to talk about difficult communication issues at work (the constantly interrupting co-worker), and how to become a better listener in order to really boost your career success. Tune in and ask questions, or download for consumption later.



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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Six Things You Don't Know About Me

I had not planned on posting again today, but when I got tagged by The Career Encourager, I couldn't resist.

Seems there's a fun little game going on among the bloggers, where you are "tagged," by a fellow blogger and asked to tag three more. Since this may be the most exercise I get all day, and I have a little bit of a competitive streak, I thought I'd join right in.

So I'm going to tag:
*Slacker Manager because I think these guys really try to get everyone to really think about what they're doing, instead of just going through the motions of trying to get ahead. The postings are well researched, interesting and informative.
* An involved and responsive community at Personal Branding blog makes this a really cool blog to read. This is a subject that everyone -- no matter what they do for living -- should be aware of if they want to have the career they desire.
*When the "W" list of top women business bloggers was begun (before it morphed into a cast of hundreds for all kinds of subjects), Little Red Suit's Tiffany Monhollan was nice enough to post me to the list. Now, Tiffany has morphed her great blog into something new:Personal PR, and it's still great. It takes a leap of faith and lots of hard work to start a new blog, and my hat is off to Tiffany for the effort.

Now, as to the rules of this game: You must:

1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself.
4. Tag at least three people at the end of your post and link to their blogs.
5. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

The six non-important things about me....

1. I have terrible aim. I once attended a police SWAT training camp, and I had some of the toughest, most badass police officers diving for cover. Armed with a big mutha of a gun that was something out of Dirty Harry, I literally could not hit a HILL 20 feet in front of me.
2. I am unbelievably clumsy. Like hit-in-the-head-with-a-ceiling-fan clumsy, fall-in-the-driveway-while-taking-out-the-trash clumsy. When I was young, my mother made me take dance lessons, hoping it would improve my dufus ways. Nope. I still tripped -- I just learned to do it in a pink tutu.
3. I live on Diet Dr. Pepper. I might as well attach an IV drip full of the stuff directly into my vein every morning and save myself the constant trips to the fridge to get another one.
4. I hate to buy anything full price. I get mad if I have to pay retail.
5. I won't watch scary movies. No matter how dumb they may be, they still scare me and give me nightmares for weeks.
6. I love naps. It should be a federal law that everyone takes a nap every day. The world would be a better place.

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