Why the Cost of Living Is Poised to Plummet in the Next 20 Years

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Jul 242016
 

What will your life look like in 5 years, 10 year, and 20 years? These sound like typical interview questions but you really should be asking yourself these questions at least once a year even if you are not changing jobs right now. Read this article by Dr. Peter Diamandis on how the cost of living is changing and changing at a fast pace. What does this mean for you? Will your current job still exist in the future?

How we live and pay for things are changing fast and traditional jobs are being replaced by technology. Many people don’t want to face this reality and the longer they bury their heads in the sand, the harder the change will be for them.

Here are few recommendations for keeping current and designing your future life:

  1. Learn – Become a “Life Learner” and digest the latest trends and technology. Subscribe to an online course.
  2. Learn – Subscribe to Inc. magazine or Wired Magazine – learn more about what startup companies are doing and what other unique ways people are making money.
  3. Become a part of the “YouEconomy” – explore Taskrabbit or Etsy and start thinking about which services and products you can use to contribute to the new “YouEconomy” and to your bottom line.
  4. Network – follow thought leaders in the areas that interest you most. Are you interested in learning how Drones will be used and regulated? Do research. Explore who and where to be to learn about the topics and technologies that interest you most.
  5. Do Something – take action every day even it if is 5 minutes to enhance your skills and knowledge.

It is an exciting time and Today is the day to start investing in your future self! Good Luck and let me know what tasks you do to create your best future!

Source: Why the Cost of Living Is Poised to Plummet in the Next 20 Years   By DR. PETER DIAMANDIS

Dec 082013
 

Nothing beats face to face meetings for sales or interviews with prospects and for potential employees however it is not always possible to meet face to face. The traffic in the DC area has been ranked as the worst in the country with employees spending on average 53 minutes in the car each day! There are many other cities not far behind and with the employees allowed to work remotely, the use of tools like Skype and Live Meeting are being utilized more and more in the business environment.

Here are a few tips if you plan on using Skype or any of the Video chat products out there on the market:

  1. Practice – always set up a practice session with a friend or colleague to test out the product and learn the features of the software and your webcam first.
  2. Internet connection – plan the meeting or interview in a place with high speed reliable internet access. Coffee shops and places with lots of background noise are not the best places to attempt a meeting like this.
  3. Location – pick a location in your office or home that has a blank wall behind you. Nothing gives an unprofessional impression more than someone seeing you sitting in front of a messy office or an unsightly kitchen. If you have to, take down pictures and clear a space on the wall to allow for the customer to be able to focus on just your image and the important message you are communicating.
  4. Noises – with telecommuting and even in an office setting, pick an area that will be quiet. If you have pets, put them in a separate room. Having the UPS man knock on the door in the middle of your presentation or interview and having your dog go crazy barking can be very distracting.
  5. Communication – Turn off your cell phone, home phone, email so that you are fully focused on the person you are meeting with. Remember they can see your eyes and will be able to tell if you are not focused and engaging.
  6. Height – raise your laptop or webcam so that it is directly level with your face. It can be embarrassing to have your laptop on the desk below you and the camera positioned so that the customer has a view right up your nose!
  7. Appearance – Dress for the interview or meeting as you would if you were face to face. And no, do not just wear a nice shirt and tie with shorts or sweat pants thinking they won’t ever see your whole torso. Again that interruption from the UPS man or some other distraction, may cause you to stand up and then your client sees your attempt at being professionally dressed only on the top.
  8. Lighting – Many webcams will not make you look your best. Improve this with proper lighting set in front of you, not behind so there are less shadows on your face. Wear a bright color that compliments your skin. Be yourself and smile, use hand gestures just as you would in person.
  9. Delay – there can often be a delay in communication when using these tools. Make sure to leave a space for the person to finish their thought or for you to hear the whole sentence. Many times you will see their picture changing after they have spoken like those old movies where the dubbed over voices was not done very well. If the delay is too great or disruptive, offer to switch to a regular phone call now that they have seen what you look like. Many times doing a web meeting for 5 to 10 minutes and then switching to the phone works better in avoiding the awkward timing issues.

This technology’s use is on the rise and you should be prepared ahead of time. Good luck and let me know your suggestions for having a success web meeting.

May 302013
 

I recently just finished reading the latest book from Micah Solomon about company culture and customer service. If  you are considering hiring new staff or want to learn ways to improve your customer’s experience, you should check out this book.  High-Tech, High-Touch Customer Service: Inspire Timeless Loyalty in the Demanding New World of Social Commerce: Micah Solomon: 9780814417904: Amazon.com: Books.

In chapter six, Micah talks about psychological traits to consider when hiring. He refers to it as WETCO, which stands for:

Warmth

Empathy

Teamwork

Conscientiousness

Optimism

All of these traits can be found in good leaders and in any team member that wants to make a difference in their lives and the life of the company. I love the way that Micah outlines in simple terms how to achieve great customer service and his processes for achieving great companies.

Checkout the book from the library or purchase on the link above from Amazon. It is worth the investment.

Do you have the traits listed above? Do you strive to hire people with similar traits? Comment below on what traits you feel are most important in the hiring process.

 

Nov 222012
 

Can’t wait to watch this PBS show featuring Mark Walton. Check it out.

Unleash Your `Boundless Potential for Your Second or Third or Fourth Act | Encore Careers.

Have you experienced this? Are you searching for your “Boundless Potential”? Share your story with me here.

Nov 142012
 

I love this blog post written by Jessica Hagy on “What you want to be when you grow up.” I have always joked that I just don’t want to grow up! This presentation of finding your calling illustrates exactly how I  think you should think about choosing your career. Well done Jessica!

20 Ways to Find Your Calling – TALENT2050 Career Community.

Nov 132012
 

Sometimes we experience a sense of stagnation. This can happen in our careers, our relationships and even in our lives. How do you handle this, how do you get “unstuck”?

There have been several times in my life where I felt stuck and action is the only way for me to get “unstuck”. When I think about the times when I had these feelings, there are some common traits:

  • Felt as if I had no control over a situation…
  • Felt as if I had no choice…
  • Felt as if I was alone and could not rely on anyone…
  • Felt as if I was not being challenged…
  • Felt as if I was not being appreciated…

Do you relate to any of these statements? If so, how have you overcome these feelings?

Easter Island

Are you feeling Stuck?
Photo taken by C Haiss 2012

I can tell you that I have always considered myself conservative, not a risk taker but when I look back, I have actually taken a lot of risks in my life. The times when I have ventured out of my comfort zone and stretched myself, have been the best times for me in hindsight. These times of risk and adventure are the best medicine for me to feel “unstuck”.

Taking action makes me feel better instantly. If I take action on a problem or situation, I start to feel the mental juices flowing and I start to see the infinite possibilities that are out there.

Let me give you an example. About 17 years ago I wanted to relocate back to my home state of Maryland. I was recently divorced, with two young kids and felt stuck in a job and in a state far away from my family and support systems. I picked up the phone and called everyone I could think of and asked for a job – just so I could get back home. I landed a job with a small printing company selling business cards, brochures etc – the job came with a very low base salary and the rest was commission based.

My family and friends were all nervous for me (or I should say in addition to me) about the commission part of the job. My new boss gave me a desk and a phone book and suggested I make 50 cold calls a day. Wow, talk about a hard way to make a living! I challenged myself, I was diligent and I was able to outperform the other new sales people by a pretty good margin. Within just 9 months of this job change, I was able to get a job for a small software reseller for a much larger base salary and commission package. The step back and the risk forced me to push and work hard – within two years I was making significantly more money than the original job out of state. If I had listened to all the doubt and fear in my head, I never would have been able to “unstuck” myself and make such a good move for me and my family.

Here are some of the ways I recommend taking action if you are feeling stuck:

  • Talk to your friends and family – you are not alone and they can be a great support system
  • Review what jobs you have been successful at in the past and try to find a job with similar tasks.
  • Exercise – exercise stimulates the brain and also keeps you healthy
  • Try new things – take a workshop, do an online class, subscribe to a new magazine and teach yourself new skills
  • Be willing to take chances – “nothing ventured, nothing gained.” It is amazing what you can do if you put your mind to it!
  • Set the bar high – dream big!
  • Hire a Business coach (like me) to help you set and achieve your goals
  • Most importantly – Take action – any action to move you forward and get you “unstuck”.

Good luck and know that I am here to help if you like.

 

 

 

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