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A Quick Guide to Informational Interviews

July 3, 2019

How do you decide what direction to head next in your career? Would you like to be more visible inside your company? How do you increase your chances of getting a job offer inside of a company that interests you?

Over the course of my speaking and client engagements I find myself frequently recommending informational interviews as a tactic to learn, as well as gain exposure for your career. Informational interviews are a great way to explore opportunities, discover mentors, and get information about a field of work from someone who has firsthand knowledge.

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Networking at Events

July 1, 2019

In the spring of 2017 I was invited to be a guest blogger on the AICPA website. The AICPA — the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants — was gearing up for its annual convention later that spring. I offered six great tips on networking, especially at large events. The ideas were as timely then as they are today. .

I used to be afraid of networking. As an avowed introvert with a moderate case of shyness, too often I would pass up opportunities to meet and connect with people. Much later in life I would discover that networking was an acquired skill and was well within my reach…

Read the entire article at the AICPA Insights Blog 

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Three Reasons You Should Keep Your LinkedIn Profile Up To Date

June 29, 2019

While LinkedIn has become the database of record for our careers, it is so much more than that. It is the one place on the Internet where we make our professional declaration of who we are and what we do. As such, it is extremely useful in building and maintaining a rich network of professional relationships. A current and complete profile makes it easy for friends and network connections to remember where you’ve been and what you’re working on.

In Helpful: A Guide to Life, Careers, and the Art of Networking, I write about eight reasons to keep your profile up to date. Here are three of them.

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Inside Networking and the Essential Elements of Success

June 27, 2019

There is always an element of serendipity to success. You have to be in the right place at the right time when the right opportunity comes along. However, to be successful in the modern corporate world you need more than just luck. You have to get three things right:

  1. You have to do good work.
  2. You have to be doing the right work.
  3. You have to be visible.

Inside networking is critical in all three areas.

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Four Questions For Your Direct Reports

June 26, 2019

As you grow as a leader you find yourself spending more time developing people and less time knee-deep in the weeds. Here are four questions to ask your direct reports on a regular basis. If you do so, they will evolve in their ability to deliver results and you will develop as a leader.

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Five Questions To Ask Your Boss

June 25, 2019

Want a better relationship with your boss? It’s easier than you think to create a great working relationship. The secret is effective communications and a mutual understanding of what you expect from each other.

Ask these questions on a regular basis, ensuring that you and your boss are on the same page. Try inserting one or two of them into your one-on-one meetings with your boss — in the most open-ended way you can. Let your boss surprise you!

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Must-Read Books for Introverts (and those who love them)

June 21, 2019

People often ask me what books I recommend for introverts. These are my current top three.

  • The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life In a Noisy World by Sophia Dembling
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Won’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  • Quiet Influence: The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference by Jennifer Kahnweiler
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Happy Hour in RTP

June 13, 2019

Image of a globe as an icon for a public event.As the North Carolina leg of my book tour winds down, join me for a beverage and a quiet conversation in the beautiful lobby / bar RTP DoubleTree. Get there when you can. Stay as long as you like. I’ll be hanging out from 5:00 to 7:00

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Wake Tech Career Transitions Forum

June 13, 2019

Write Your Own Job Description: A Fresh Approach to Interviewing and Job Search

Image of a globe as an icon for a public event.Standing out in today’s competitive job market is hard. At this Wake Tech Career Transitions Forum on Thursday I will share how to powerfully differentiate yourself from other candidates while simultaneously sculpting a position that suits you. I will share tools to enable job seekers to take the initiative in the search and interview process by starting with the end in mind and using their network to uncover dimensions of the organization…

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Book Launch Event in Morrisville

June 11, 2019

Join the friends of Anthony Edwards for a celebration of the publication of Helpful: A Guide to Life, Careers, and the Art of Networking.

Image of a globe as an icon for a public event.Anthony is a master networker, embodying the principles in Helpful. He regularly hosts a gathering for the members of his broad network to get together and freshen connections. There is food, there are beverages, and there is plenty of networking.

This month Anthony is hosting a special event to help me celebrate the launch of Helpful. In addition to reconnecting with old friends…

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