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Know your worth, and then ask for it.

July 15 @ 5:11 pm

Treat yourself to a 10 minute self-improvement splurge today and go watch Casey Brown’s insightful TED Talk on getting paid what you are worth. Casey’s tagline is worth having embossed on a poster:

No one will ever pay you what you’re worth. They’ll only ever pay you what they think you’re worth. And you control their thinking.

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Lessons from the Roller Rink

July 15 @ 5:11 pm

I love to roller skate — indoor skating in a good rink with great music and a primo floor. There’s nothing like getting lost in a song while you glide effortlessly a few inches above the floor.

I’m pretty good at it too — or at least I was back in the day. During college I even taught classes, including one for PE credit to my fellow students. I still have the syllabus tucked away somewhere.

What’s your end goal?

During those college days people would often come up to me during open skating sessions and proclaim, with a proud sense of accomplishment, that they had not fallen down all night. I imagine that they thought the goal for the evening was to not fall down. I assume they were afraid to fall.

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So, you think you can dance? The choreography of networking.

July 15 @ 5:11 pm

Think back to the last time you were at a wedding — or any event with a dance floor. There was no shortage of well-meaning people encouraging the wallflowers, “Come on … get out on the dance floor … it’ll be fun … you’ll have a good time.”

In our Western culture we just assume that everyone can dance. But when you look at the people on the dance floor you will see a wide spectrum of skill. There will be some who are excellent dancers, with a total command of their body and the room.

At the other end of the spectrum, there will be a few who can’t dance at all and are just flailing in loose approximation to the rhythm of the music. And then there will be people who think that they are good dancers but, in all honesty, are not.

And so it is with networking.

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