Networking

Embrace the Awkward!

Embrace the Awkward!

For me, going to a networking event kind of feels like going to the gym. Once I'm there, I'm happy. But getting me to go can take a real kick in the ass. 

I'd rather pour myself a glass of wine and binge on the latest episodes of The Americans instead of going through the hassle of putting on makeup, driving across town, and spending an evening mingling with strangers. 

But I do it anyway. 

How to Thrive When You Choose the Road Less Traveled

How to Thrive When You Choose the Road Less Traveled

“Across the broad continent of a woman's life falls the shadow of a sword...On one side all is correct, definite, orderly; the paths are straight, the trees regular, the sun shaded; escorted by gentlemen, protected by policemen, wedded and buried by clergymen, she has only to walk demurely from cradle to grave and no one will touch a hair of her head. But on the other side all is confusion. Nothing follows a regular course. The paths wind between bogs and precipices; the trees roar and rock and fall in ruin.” ~ Virginia Woolf

The Secret to Networking Like a Pro

The Secret to Networking Like a Pro

A client wrote this to me the other day when we were discussing networking. Does it resonate with you?

“When I think of networking with people I don’t know, I’m afraid that I will meet people who know more than me or have experience and they will think I’m a poser or that I’m trying to get something from them. It kind of feels like an interview, instead of a conversation. Maybe I feel that way because I am trying to get something and I feel that I’m imposing on them.”

Have you ever felt this way about networking? Like your only purpose in being there is to get something?

Tweet Your Way to a Stronger Professional Network

Tweet Your Way to a Stronger Professional Network

Have you ever wondered how to get the attention of a high-level person of influence? Or perhaps you’ve been dying to get an interview at a reputable company, but don’t know how to get in the door?

Networking online can be a great start to building relationships with key stakeholders in your industry so that you can take your career to new heights and achieve more money, success and joy. While it’s a long-game strategy, Twitter can have a valuable impact on your ability to get noticed by influential people and organizations, or to build and grow your network.

Assuming you have the basics of Twitter down, here are six mind-blowingly easy ways you can use Twitter to build your network (don’t be afraid to dive in – the water is fine!):

Women Taking the Lead with Jodi Flynn, My Interview

This week I'm honored to be the featured guest on Women Taking the Lead with Jodi Flynn. I met Jodi in a classic networking way via an introduction from a friend (hat tip, Christie Mims of The Revolutionary Club). Jodi's work inspiring women leaders around the world to take the lead is admirable and I am so excited to share our conversation with you. 

In this episode, I had the unique opportunity to be on the other side of the mic sharing my own personal story of career and business. I talk about why I'm passionate in helping women achieve more money, success and joy in their careers and I share personal details I've not disclosed publicly before. 

I hope you enjoy my career story born of humble beginnings and the journey to where I am today. Might it lift you up and inspire you to go bigger, reach higher and pick yourself up when you fall. 

With love,

Jessica

The Four Things Women Must Do to Achieve More Money, Success and Joy at Work

The Four Things Women Must Do to Achieve More Money, Success and Joy at Work

The statistics are dismal. The average American is dissatisfied at work and the average woman earns 54 to 77 cents less than her male counterpart. 

You might be thinking, “Hey it’s 2016! What’s the deal already?” And I couldn’t agree more, but it’s a complicated issue with a lot of gray area and complex factors:

The Obstacles Standing in Your Way

First off, many women lack the confidence they need to go after new opportunities, negotiate a raise or ask for more responsibility. In addition, fear of failure, limiting beliefs and negative mindsets can hold women back from raising their hand, starting that business or setting a meeting to talk about salary. Not to mention, some women are so confused about what they want in their career that they don’t even know where to start. 

Next, pile on the male dominated culture of work, archaic maternity leave packages and lack of daycare and support for working mothers, and you’ve got a system that is broken. Finally, discrimination and harassment at work is real and sets many women back from going after leadership positions in their industry. 

I hear ya sister — BIG F’N SIGH 

How to Use Twitter for Networking

How to Use Twitter for Networking

Have you ever wondered how to get the attention of a high-level person of influence? Or perhaps you’ve been dying to get an interview at a highly reputable company, but don’t know how to get in the door? 


Well I have good news for you. Twitter can help. Sure it’s a long-game, but when used correctly, over time Twitter can have a valuable impact on your ability to get noticed by influential people and organizations or to build and grow your network.

Here are five ways you can use Twitter to build your network.

Do You Want to Achieve More Money, Success and Joy in Your Career?

Do You Want to Achieve More Money, Success and Joy in Your Career?

Who doesn't!? 

Well, I've got great news. 

Starting April 4, I'm hosting an online summit to help you do just that! You'll learn from dozens of women who are leaders in their field on how to do exactly that -- elevate your earning potential, increase your value in the marketplace and find more joy in your work. 

If you're interested, all you have to do is head on over to superwomanchronicles.com and register your email address to access this free training. 

Make sure you do this today to get instant free access starting April 4 to these incredible and inspiring interviews. I'm so excited, I can barely stand it!

Stop Doing This When Making an Email Introduction

Stop Doing This When Making an Email Introduction

Last weekend I was walking with my best friend and we were talking about work, careers and what it means to be a better female leader (a frequent topic between us) when something she said hit me like a pile of bricks. 

“You know what I’m completely sick of?” she said. “I’m so frustrated with people who make networking introductions via email without asking first.” 

And my light bulb went off — I do this ALL THE TIME. And she’s completely right. I also get frustrated when people do this to me and I didn't even realize it until just then. 

As an example, I often get email introductions without any explanation as to why I’m being connected with this new person and without first being asked if I even have time to meet someone new. As a result, I’m often faced with the uncomfortable (and sometimes awkward) challenge of figuring out…does Contact B want to hire me, pick my brain, ask me something specific, take me to coffee, be a potential partner/collaborator, or do they just want to be my friend? Should this be a phone call, a coffee, a lunch or a happy hour? Do I even have time for this connection? And now I'm on the spot and not sure how to proceed. 

So here's what you do -- make the ask before you make the introduction