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Episode 68: Improve Your Confidence Factor with Carol Sankar [REBROADCAST] I'm still on maternity leave with my baby girl, so I'm sharing some of my favorite episodes of Beyond the Business Suit with you. This episode is with Carol Sankar. Do you have a challenge with confidence? Well I am sure will get you fired up to improve your confidence factor! If you would like to see the full notes from the episode, check out the original post with Carol Sankar here. Also, since this was aired, Carol has launched two books! You can purchase them from Amazon below:   Do you have a question for Carol? Leave it below and I will be sure she sees it!
Episode 67: Conquering Fear & Reinventing Your Career with Candice S. Cook [Rebroadcast] I am still on maternity leave with my beautiful daughter, so I'm sharing some of my most popular episodes from Beyond the Business Suit. Today's episode is with my friend, soror and impressive attorney, Candice S. Cook. You can find the full notes from the episode and Candice's bio on the original post from episode 17 here. Feel free to leave comments and questions for Candice here as well!
Episode 66: How to Use Your Wardrobe to Boost Your Performance [REBROADCAST] While I’m on maternity leave I am revisiting some of the most popular episodes of Beyond the Business Suit. This week I'm sharing my third episode of the podcast which has been one of my most popular non-interview episodes yet. The key takeaways from the episode > 3 things you can do to use your dress to perform your best: Dress for the job you want, not for the job you have. When you feel bad, dress up! Make sure to "spot dress" for key events. You can find the full notes from on the original post for this episode. When have you used your dress to boost your performance? Leave a comment below!
Episode 65: Joseph Richardson Teaches Us How to Negotiate [Rebroadcast] While I'm on maternity leave I am revisiting some of the most popular episodes of Beyond the Business Suit. In this episode I had the honor of interviewing my dad, Dr. Joseph Richardson, on a topic that many of us desperately need help in: negotiating. My dad has negotiated over $2 billion in deals in his career, and has helped me out tremendously in job and car negotiations, so you are in for a treat. You can find notes from today's episode, Joseph's bio and more on the original post for this episode. Since the original episode was recorded back in January 2015, numerous people have reached out letting me know how much the episode helped them. If you have used some of the tactics mentioned in this episode, please leave a comment -- I would love to hear from you!  
Episode 64: Jennifer Ransaw Smith Tells Us How to Elevate Our Personal Brands In this episode of Beyond the Business Suit I had the pleasure of interviewing Jennifer Ransaw Smith, Personal Elevation strategist, leadership development mentor and Personal Branding consultant. You will see that Jennifer and I share many of the same philosophies when it comes to personal branding and elevation and we had such a great time talking about it. In this episode you will hear: How the book, "The Brand Called You" by Tom Peters, changed the trajectory of Jennifer's career. Some women in corporate America who Jennifer believes have been able to successfully leverage and elevate their personal brands. What people who may not be at the most senior ranks can do to elevate their brands. What Jennifer thinks about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's personal brands that have made them current front-runners for this election. Three things professionals and executives can do today to start elevating their personal brands. Jennifer's Bio: Jennifer Ransaw Smith is a nationally sought-after Personal Elevation strategist, leadership development mentor and Personal branding consultant. As the founding CEO of Brand id|Strategic Partners, the nation’s only full-service personal elevation agency, she works with entrepreneurs and executives from coast-to-coast to help them leverage their expertise to become game changers within their industry—and corporate teams to help them. After more than a decade of helping some of the nation’s most prominent brands like Burger King, AT&T, Texaco, Clairol and Coke position and differentiate themselves in the marketplace, Jennifer recognized the urgent need for an agency that positioned people the way that marketing and advertising agencies positioned products and services (with a dedicated team enthusiastically motived and focused on the elevation of that specific brand). It resulted in the birth of Brand id|Strategic Partners, one of the first full-service personal branding agencies in the nation to transform experts into brand assets. Called a True Visionary by her clients, Jennifer is on a mission to empower her clients and audiences by providing them with effective strategies that can be implemented immediately to make significant changes in how they are currently being perceived. Her goal is to teach people to become the Chief Marketing Officer of the Brand Called You, Inc. She divides her time between speaking, training, and coaching clients on how to become the person to know in their industry. Her tips, tools and strategies have appeared in a myriad of places including ABC, The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun.   Quotables: "Most people are not operating from a strategic plan. Most people are winging it. Most people don't consciously cultivate a network that's going to help them ascend." "We decide 'I want to get to another level' whatever that level is, but we're not making sure that things in our environment are going to position us to do that." "The only thing that separates those who are completely annihilating the game from everyone else is the decision that they got up that morning or that week or that year and said, 'I am about to annihilate the game!'" "When you're in your zone, you really don't have competition." "Your company has nothing to do with your personal brand." The Final Five: Some of Jennifer's personal secret weapons of success: she's a beast when it comes to learning things quickly. She has the ability to read something and link it to something unrelated. If I asked 10 people who know Jennifer to describe her using 3 words or phrases, they would say: fierce, creative and nice. Jennifer's morning or night time routine: She follows Hal Elrod's Miracle Morning (here's a link to my interview with Hal that Jennifer mentioned). She gets up at 5 am, she does 10 minutes of meditation or silence, then affirmations (101 positive affirmations on YouTube), visualization (she created a video on Slidely),
Episode 63: Dee Ann Turner Talks About Corporate Culture and Finding Our Calling In this episode of Beyond the Business Suit, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dee Ann Turner, author of It’s My Pleasure: The Impact of Extraordinary Talent and a Compelling Culture and VP of Corporate Talent for Chick-fil-A, where she began her career more than 30 years ago.  Mentioned in this episode: What has kept Dee Ann Turner at Chick-fil-A for over 30 years Her early days as a child entrepreneur How Chick-fil-A determined what the company would stand for and how that impacted its sales, turnover and retention rate How Chick-fil-A has been able to maintain its corporate culture and core values Some of the biggest mistakes Dee Ann has seen people make in job interviews What advice Dee Ann has about how we can all find our calling Listen to the full episode to hear all of the wisdom Dee Ann has to share. Dee Ann's Bio: Dee Ann Turner is Vice President, Corporate Talent, for Chick-fil-A, where she began her career more than 30 years ago. Her first book, It’s My Pleasure: The Impact of Extraordinary Talent and a Compelling Culture, reveals never-before-shared secrets behind building and maintaining Chick-fil-A’s revolutionary business model. Dee Ann believes people are the most powerful commodity in any organization, and companies that recognize the value of individuals can succeed not just ethically, but financially as well. In addition to serving on the boards of the Kenya Project and Proverbs 31 ministry, the married mother of three is also active with a variety of family-focused missions that support women and children. Quotables: "He did what he said he would do even when it was hard, which I think is the definition of integrity." "People would ask Truett, 'Truett did you ever calculate how much money you would have made had you opened on Sundays?' and Truett would respond...'I was far more concerned about how much money I would have lost had I opened on Sundays.'" "It just excites me to help somebody else realize some of their dreams." "When I feel God's pleasure, that's when I feel that calling." "I like to say that a job is written on your resume, but a calling echoes in your epitaph." The Final Five: Some of Dee Ann's personal "secret weapons of success": even when she may not be the smartest person in the room, she always tries to be the hardest worker in the room. She also thinks that it's important to be coachable, teachable, and to meet and read. Some of her favorite books include: Integrity by Henry Cloud, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni, Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek,  Start with 'Why' by Simon Sinek, Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, Quarter-Life Calling by Paul Sohn, Breaking Busy by Alli Worthington and Living Forward by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy. If I asked 10 people who know Dee Ann to describe her using 3 words or phrases, they would say: determined, generous and loyal. Dee Ann's morning or night time routine: she gets up long before everyone else, has quiet time, exercises, has a cup of coffee, and reads something inspirational. She has her best thinking time in the morning. She even wrote her book on vacation in the morning.  How Dee Ann manages her life, family and career: she was blessed to marry the right person. She received some advice that her kids don't care who does the laundry or shops for groceries, but they do who is there at their football game or who tucks them in at night. She stopped worrying about the things they don't care about (and outsourced them) and instead focused on the things that they do. The second piece of advice she's received is realizing that you did the best you could. Dee Ann's favorite "power outfit": especially if she's speaking in front of an audience, she'll have on a black jacket and skirt with a little trim of leather (for her rebellious side) with some pointed-toed heels to make her feel like she's in charge.  How you can connect with Dee Ann online/social media: Website: www.
Quick Update: Podcast Schedule Change I wanted to record this quick podcast episode since I'm now in the "baby could come at any minute" stage. In this episode of Beyond the Business Suit I share some of the changes that are coming to the podcast over the coming weeks. We have some amazing new interviews coming as well as some rebroadcasts of a few of the most popular episodes from the top 50 episodes, some of which are no longer available on iTunes (so you may even discover some shows you've never heard before!). After I have the baby I'll be back with some more new episodes including some interviews that I am sooooooo excited about (I wish I could tell you but I don't want to jinx any of them!).  So stay tuned in the coming weeks for both new episodes and some "best of" episodes, which will be released about every week and a half, and make sure you subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher or wherever you listen to your podcasts so that you don't miss anything! And....if you want to know when I have the baby, join my email list by signing up below!   Sign up to receive success tips and new podcast episodes delivered to your inbox! * indicates required Email Address * First Name *
Episode 62: 4 Tips to Improve Your Presence on Conference Calls In the virtual working world we live in, being on conference calls with teams all over the country or world is becoming the norm. But without being in the same room with people, there are aspects of communication that may suffer. So in this episode of Beyond the Business Suit, I want to give you four tips to improve your presence on conference calls (listen to the episode for full details): Work on your "phone voice": Not what you're saying, but how you're saying it. Avoid "upspeak" or "uptalk" as well as vocal fry. Also make sure that you are aware of your pitch. If your voice is naturally high pitched, this can work against you if you're trying to establish authority over the phone. Communicate confidently: Make sure you're not showing a lack of confidence in your responses. For instance, make sure you're not saying "I'm sorry" or apologizing for what you're about to say. If you're by yourself in the room you're in during the call, do the Wonder Woman "power pose" to help boost your confidence and decrease stress (especially if you're presenting). Be aware of your surroundings: There's nothing more distracting than having someone on the call who is in a loud place. So use mute when you're not talking and make sure you're actually on mute. Be present: Don't multitask while on conference calls.Also, remember that when you're on the phone you don't have visual cues like body language and facial expressions, so it's easy for things to be misunderstood or miscommunicated. So avoid dry humor or sarcasm where people may have to see you in order to know that you are kidding. Do you have other tips to improving presence on conference calls? Leave a comment below!

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